We extended the outdoor living space of this contemporary home by adding an inviting patio. Green bluestone bands with black pebbles create the paving. Comfortable outdoor seating surrounds a low fire bowl with a bioethanol burner. A mixture of succulents and drought-tolerant blooming perennials and grasses around the perimeter of the yard creates eye-popping color and year-round interest. A custom wood counter creates a compact outdoor kitchen with a low profile infra-red grill.