Patios are great for summertime outdoor entertaining, such as barbecues, summer holiday parties and other special events. They also add architectural interest to your outdoor landscape, but they don’t have to be permanent structures made of wood or cement. If you’d like an economical alternative to a wood or cement patio, try building one with a simple design out of pea gravel. A pea gravel patio is among the most affordable types of patios, and the installation process is straightforward. Adding a pea gravel patio is a fast way to expand your outdoor living space. Often light brown or white, pea gravel stays cool under a hot sun, offering a smooth, comfortable surface for bare feet. The surface area requires little maintenance, while the subtle textures complement a range of landscapes.