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A GAME PLAN FOR BACKYARD PATIO DESIGNNot all patios have to be rectangular or square slabs poured against the back of the house. See how designer Maureen Gilmer massages the opportunities and constraints presented by this large family home so that all site problems are solved, homeowner requests are met, and the end resullt is a perfect mix of beauty and usability. CONCEPT The floor plan is a large family home with its doorway access to the patio which drives the entire circulation plan, but once free of the building the outdoor living spaces take on a life of their own. The developer provided an elevated patio for this raised foundation brick home with its oversized view windows. A single staircase connects the elevated space to the ground level backyard. FLOOR PLAN PERSPECTIVE view of back of patio beforeThe finish floor elevation is four feet above grade, making the home feel overly massive when viewed from future ground level outdoor living spaces. The connection to this house pivo...