This patio project came on the heels of the pond and gardens I created for a client in Arizona. It was a natural extension of the lush semi-tropical setting we'd created that went all the way up to the edges of the patio slab. We couldn't stop there though and eventually went all the way into the house. Creating outdoor living spaces is a viable option in places like California and Arizona where one can, with a little creativity, spend much of the year outdoors in a garden.