Concrete pavers offer deck alternative

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If you'd like to improve your outdoor living space but desire an alternative to a wood deck or a boring concrete-slab patio, look no further than concrete pavers. Beautiful, durable, and available in a wide range of colors and patterns, pavers can give you whatever look you're after.

You can create a simple square patio or an intricate showpiece in complex curves. Walkways, eating areas, play areas, a spot for that shiny new gas grill -- they're all possible with these versatile paving stones. And with a little work, they're also a great do-it-yourself project that will add not only bring satisfaction and outdoor enjoyment, but also add resale value to your home.

Pick a pattern and a color

At your local home center, lumberyard or other retailer of paving stone products, you'll be able to get a look at the many different stones available. They range from uniform squares and rectangles to ones that appear to have a more random, flag...