When many of us think of concrete in our landscape, a dull, grey slab at the backdoor comes to mind. However, concrete has come a long way in recent years, providing high end beauty and function to many outdoor spaces. If you have fallen in love with some of the modern techniques used to dress up concrete today, you will be happy to know that there are a number of ways to use concrete in the landscape. Check out these five tips for incorporating concrete into your outdoor living space.
Of course patios will be one of the first outdoor elements to come to mind when you consider concrete in your outdoor landscape. Patios can provide a lovely place to eat and socialize throughout the ward winter months. Options in stamped and stained concrete allow homeowners to find patterns and colors that will make a delightful addition to any outdoor space. The ability to pour concrete in just about any shape or size provides even more options to patio design.
Concrete walkways are another way to dress up the landscape through the broad range of options available. Stamped concrete is a lovely way to provide walkways that boast the look of stone or brick with less maintenance. Exposed aggregate is another lovely concrete technique that can be customized to your unique taste. Even adding a simple stain to a basic concrete walkway can coordinate the material to the rest of the colors of the landscape or the exterior of the home.
Concrete retaining walls provide a twofold purpose; they can level an uneven landscape and provide dimension and beauty to an outdoor space. Retaining walls can consist of stacked concrete pavers or a poured concrete wall that achieves a similar faux effect to a stamped concrete surface. These walls can be built to just about any height, although it is better to hire a contractor for larger projects to ensure the stability of structure.
Concrete can also be used to define the various areas of your outdoor space through a variety of edging styles. Edging can be raised like concrete curbing or flush with the ground as in a decorative border. These edgings are also available in a broad range of styles and colors, so you can find a design that suits the rest of your landscape. The versatility of concrete also means you can create edging with plenty of soft curves for a more interesting landscape.
The durability and beauty of concrete makes this an excellent choice of material for your outdoor furnishings. There are many options in tables, chairs and decorative accessories to suit just about any style. Combine concrete with various metals for an upscale, rugged look or choose a concrete birdbath or statue to add a Victorian touch to your yard.
Concrete is a popular material for a variety of landscape additions. The versatility of this material allows it to be used in a variety of ways in nearly any outdoor design.