We had John install a stamped concrete patio in our Cape house. The existing patio was a mossy patch of dirt that drained poorly and drew water to the house. The new patio is beautiful. We've had it a year and have enjoyed it immensely. It is easy to care for and made our backyard the focal point of summertime entertaining. We are picky people, but John and his guys exceeded our expectations. This was not the cheapest option we considered, but when you factor the low maintanence and the fact that it is a lifetime solution, it makes a lot of sense.
Pros: beautiful work, flexible, easy to work with
Cons: not cheap, but worth it