We believe you met the criteria of simplicity that we were looking for by including the the stone pathway. We loved how you kept the path going around the house too. We also appreciated the stone patio in front of the DR that matched the stone on the house, which would tie in nicely. I LOVE pergolas...in fact we have one in the back of our house? We feel, however, that a structure like this blocks the view our house and would be better suited in the back. Looks very cozy though.