A patio is normally adjacent to your residence, and outdoors. Patios tend to be paved, but are usually not roofed. They can be paved with concrete, flagstone, slate, brick, or even stone. These are popular features that serve as a basis for outdoor entertainment areas and outdoor kitchens. They are nearly as popular as porches, and can be just as utilitarian. You may consider a patio if you want a lot of sunlight, or if you have an area with lots of natural shade from trees.