Depending on your needs and budget, you can cut costs by building a simple concrete patio, or splurge by adding fire pots, barbecue grills, and even water features. If you only have a small yard or space to create a patio, pouring concrete can be an attractive and affordable option.
Decorative concrete can give you a custom patio look at a much lower cost than if your patio was made from real natural stone. While a concrete slab sounds boring and mundane, with the right handling, you can create a patio that looks a lot more expensive.
For homeowners who really want a fully functional patio but don’t have the budget for a cobblestone patio (or even less natural stone), concrete is a very viable option. More affordable than stone, more colorful than brick, and more durable than asphalt, concrete pavers are a practical and attractive option for any part of the property.
Concrete pavers can be used on driveways, patios or sidewalks and are durable and aesthetically pleasing. Concrete pavers come in a variety of shapes and colors, so you should be able to find one that matches the style of your home.
Have a border around the edge of your patio, in poured concrete or paving. You can make the edges of your patio curved to make the concrete look like it’s melting into the landscape. Remember that you can add color to a concrete patio to make the faux design more attractive. If your concrete patio looks a little bland, you can add color by painting your patio furniture bright red, blue, or yellow.
Professionals can add their own colors, textures, and designs to make your concrete patio look like stone, brick, or marble. Your best bet is to call in concrete experts so they can build the mold and pour the concrete to match the color, texture, and height of your original patio.
You can build a concrete pool patio around your deck and it will blend in perfectly with your outdoor landscape. Decorate the walls around the patio with brick or river stone and finish with wide concrete ledges that can be used for outdoor seating. In lieu of expensive outdoor furniture, you can hang a hammock to create a patio focal point.
If you only have a small space to use as a patio, you can even mix a few bags of cement on-site and fill the patio next to the wheelbarrow. No matter where you need to build or your budget, you can still take advantage of concrete’s ability to build in almost any color, pattern or shape.
To build a stone retaining wall for an elevated stone patio, you can choose true stacked stone or build a cinder block wall and cover it with stone cladding. You want your patio to beautify your landscape, not make it look dated, so talk to your concrete contractor about other low-budget ways to enhance your garden with natural stone and other elements. Your budget largely determines the type of upgrades you can make to your concrete patio.