How To Work with Uneven Patio?

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Q: I live in a rental unit in sunny Southern California with a small shared patio out back. I have visions of entertaining, early morning coffees, and late summer dinners. However, the floor of the patio is not even. It's not just slanted, it's basically in a v-shape to allow for drainage during rain due to a step/walkway that blocks the natural drain path. Has anyone out there had to deal with a similar awkward space? And what can I do to make this a safe space for entertaining?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.