Then above they built this pergola, a very simple design with six inch by six inch timbers. What I love about it is they left this hole, or what I call a window so you can see the green arborvitae behind me.
These are Emerald Green Arborvitae and they add a nice little soft green so its not all Hardscape. Then they did a great patio out of antique brick which they put in the middle of sand. You could also do mortar if you like.