Coat closet attached to bench area. Nice way to keep bulky coats out of the way. Hooks above bench can be mainly for hats & scarves, etc. Need spot (off the bench and floor) to store bags/backpacks & my purse. Maybe hook or shelf inside coat closet?
Mixed paving materials - I like how this looks, plus it makes repurposing easier! CT - note: Could get some pavers that match front walk and combine with other materials to tie both looks together. Definitely want the walk to be permeable.