Inexpensive building materials such as gravel, cinder blocks, and pressure-treated wood form the backbone of the design. Tile backboard and salvaged plywood, stained a soft blue and attached to a custom frame, give the tiny yard privacy.
DIY Simple Backyard Shade - Put PVC pipe into bucket then pour cement around it. Once dry, put bucket in tall planter, surround bucket w/ gravel, top w/ soil. (Not covering pipe) Stick bamboo pole into pipe & hang fabric w/ ties through grommets.
A small, environmentally friendly patio provides a sitting area where you can put a bistro set with an umbrella. The advantages of gravel patios include water permeability, flexibility in design and relatively easy installation.