After a little scraping and moving dirt around, we put the slate in place. (OK, after a LOT of scraping and moving dirt around; it took all day.) With a rock wall at one end and the two houses on either side, it feels like an outdoor living room, furnished with our folding chairs and a few old tables. We found a great deal on an end-of-the-season fire pit, and we've enjoyed several evenings sitting around a fire with a beverage or two in hand. We still have the big, stone fire ring when we want a blazing campfire, but having this spot right outside the door is wonderful.
We've lived in our 250-square-foot house for more than two years now. I think it's all our outdoor rooms that make the space feel big for most of the year. Between the wrap-around deck, the screen house, the bench in the woods and, now, our new al fresco "room," we're living large.