Looking for Some Design Ideas? Consider the Versatility of Decorative Concrete!

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Are you looking for some design inspiration to revitalize your indoor or outdoor living spaces? Have you considered concrete floors in your kitchen, living room, or outdoor dining spaces? Just imagine how beautiful your backyard could be with a stamped concrete patio design!

More and more homeowners are choosing to include a hardscaping element such as decorative concrete in their backyards.Houzz’s 2016 Landscaping and Garden Trends Study found that this was the case with about 51% of the participating homeowners. While the results of this study showed that these homeowners were adding a hardscaping element in their backyards, other homeowners may be choosing to include this element in their front and side yards as well.

Do you currently have turfgrass in your back, front, or side yards? The Houzz survey found that 63% of homeowners were planning to replace their turfgrass with hardscaping. This was particularly the case with the participants’ backyards. Since there are so many creative ways to use concrete, from raised flower beds to patios and walkways, chances are that you’re already contemplating a few ideas.

If you’re planning to begin with a concrete patio, you will be surprised at how inexpensive this can actually be. On average, it will only cost $2,511.00 to have a beautiful new patio! Do you have an existing concrete patio that would benefit from a bit of revitalizing? When you stain your patio, it will just cost between $2.00 to $4.00 per square foot. Chances are that this will also inspired you to purchase new patio furniture and add even more potted plants and other design elements to enhance this area.

You may be interested to know a bit more about decorative concrete. This versatile material is usually composed of the following materials:

  • Aggregate: 60% to 75%
  • Water: 15% to 20%
  • Air: 5% to 8%
  • Concrete comes in different strengths, of course. Your contractor will know which strength is needed for indoor and/or outdoor feature, such as a patios, walkways, or raised beds. The strength of concrete is measured in pounds per square inch, or PSI. Typically, this will range between 3,000 and 7,000 PSI. However, concrete can also be created to handle 20,000 PSI.

    Since you’re ready to revitalize your indoor or outdoor spaces, why not contact your local landscape designer for even more ideas. Chances are that they’ll be more than happy to discuss the multiple uses for concrete, including stained and other types of decorative concrete. Once you’ve experienced the difference in your environment, you may be inspired to incorporate other design features in your home.

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