I decided to work on a little project in my backyard during the holiday break. My original idea was to lay down a plain cement floor but it's going to come out rather pricey if I go that route. It turns out I need two yards of cement for the 12' x 17' space. And one yard costs $70. On top of that, because I'm ordering such a small amount, an extra fee of $80 is added on.
Time to improvise. Instead of cement I'll be going with a gravel patio design. I'll add some 16"x16" pavers here and there.