Outdoor space can be as simple as a DIY patio made of pavers and landscaped with a container garden or as complex as the $80,000 mahogany deck with grill, counters, and small refrigerator that Storey built for a suburban home last year. The important thing is to know what you want. I always advise people to get yourself a deck and patio book, says Toomey. Nobody can ever picture what they want. You cant look at too many books.