Our current masonry project is a drystone patio in Black Mountain, North Carolina. There’s a square of concrete pavers at one end, where the clients’ new hot tub will soon be located. You can see the tail of the electric line that will power the tub. I prefer to use concrete pavers for hot tub pads because they are more perfectly flat. As meticulous as we try to be, we’ll never get natural stone as flat as that!
The wall was already there and not our work. We did locate a trench drain under this patio, to help convey rainwater out from this contained backyard. We also installed a water bar on the slope above, to divert water away from the patio.
If the idea of a water bar really, really intrigues you, this NC Forest Service PDF is more than you ever wanted to know.