Well, I tried something new. Well, something new to us and something new to this area. I understand it's very common down in Arizona and other areas. But nobody up here in Portland is doing it. It's called "concrete surfacing" I guess. I don't quite know the correct term for it. I've heard it called "concrete overlay" too. Anyway, we started with a 10' x 10' small concrete patio, expanded that with new concrete, then installed several surface layers. We also installed a seat wall around the patio and stucko on the walls. I guess it turned out pretty well. There were some learning mistakes that occurred, but this is why we did it at my house first. Here is a photo of the new patio; http://www.lewislandscape.com/photos/gallery/samples/100_8288 Here is the company who supplies the product and ideas we used for making it; http://www.xcelsurfaces.com/ You can get a good idea of how the process works by checking out their website. But basically, after we laid down the scratch coat, we then laid down 1/4" strips of masking tape randomly to create the flagstone look. You could create a tile look...whatever you want. Then we applied the final acrylic surface. Then we removed the tape and stained the concrete by hand. This is the final product. I thought it turned out pretty decent. Much better than the small pad we had in the back yard before. But I'd love some feedback.