Are you looking for a simple space outside the house but inside the property but you don’t want walls and would like to relax outside during the hot summer days or maybe chill at night looking at the stars while listening to your favourite music and a glass of wine in your hands? A balcony just does not do it for you? A deck does not seem to be your style? Have you considered a concrete patio? It is simple yet elegant if properly styled and managed, outside yet still feels homey and safe. But why concrete and not other material such as wood? Well first, concrete is stronger and more durable than wood and second, concrete add more value into your house. Here are some design and ideas for you to look at to build your own concrete patio.
CONCRETE PATIO DESIGN AND IDEAS
- EASY PAVERS
Available in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours and texture, concrete pavers can be placed on top of a bed of packed sand. Pavers can be butted together for a smooth, unbroken surface so if you dread the idea of weeds or volunteer plants growing between spaces then this is the best option for you. If you opt for the more traditional method of leaving spaces between pavers, they can be filled with pea gravel, pebbles, or a tight, low-growing ground cover.
- INDIAN CANYONS
Concrete patios are popular in Australia especially in places when the sun sets beautifully. If your locale experiences little rainfall and lots of sun and hot temperatures, this is the best option for you. This style of patio features a classic broom-swept finish.
- WATER-WISE DESIGN
This design features acid-finish concrete patios and pavers, a rusted metal fire pit, bold yellow and aqua wall, rusticated steel planters, ornamental grasses, succulents and a cover for filtered shade. Colours and materials used inside are continued to connect the spaces.
- SEAMLESS TRANSITION
The mid-20th-century concept of designing a seamless transition from indoors to outdoors is one that has persisted and always looks modern. The design makes the most sense with one-story houses, allowing occupants to walk out of open sliding glass or French doors and into a yard with little effort and move back and forth with ease. For a smooth, level transition, nothing beats concrete, especially if the material and colour indoors and out are the same or at least appear to be.
- PALM SPRINGS
A mostly concrete backyard incorporates a fire pit that’s flush with the ground since it’s an infrequently used feature. At zero-level, a bar or extra dining table can be placed over the pit for a party, with the fire off, of course.
- NICE PADS
Acid-washed natural-grey poured-in-place concrete pads are inter planted with a mix of thyme, Scotch, and Irish moss ground covers. It features ipe wood built-in seating, architectural planters, and a fire pit with a board-form finish.
- NORTHWEST MODERN
With dark architectural features like a zinc roof, steel posts, an outdoor fireplace clad in Choctaw sandstone, a black pebble finish on pool surfaces, and black granite on the edges down to the waterline, a clean, light-coloured patio. It uses concrete with white cement for this custom-designed patio.
- ECHOING SHAPES
The geometric shapes of this remodeled home are repeated in the concrete patio and pool surround, which also blends the indoors with the outdoors. The outdoor space includes a linear fireplace and hearth that stretches to the architectural fountain.
LANDSCAPING AROUND THE PATIO
Here are some landscape tips to balance with hardscape:
Adding shade to your patio
Think broadly when it comes to shade covers:
- Trees are idyllic with their natural shade, but they can take many years to mature and provide that needed shade.
- Pergolas are a great option with which you can grow vines to create denser shade.
- Fabric sail shades are available, along with the typical wood or aluminium covered patio construction.
Tips for using greenery to balance with hardscape
- To avoid the feel of overdoing the hardscape, use grass and groundcovers to break up pathways between patios.
- Place flowerbeds between structures (like homes and walls) and patio areas.
- Even narrow 24-inch wide planter-beds will help soften edges and give the yard a more inviting, garden-like feel.
IS A CONRETE PATIO GOOD FOR MY YARD?
Here are four reasons why you should have a concrete patio in your yard:
- It creates an outdoor entertaining zone
In addition to serving as a gathering zone for lounging and entertaining, concrete patios allow homeowners to seamlessly blend interior and exterior living spaces. They are the perfect decorative flooring surface for outdoor kitchens and living rooms, complete with cozy seating areas, fireplaces and water features.
- Customize with colour and shape patterns
What’s more, this outdoor floor offers unlimited design options. When enhanced by stains and integral colours, concrete patios can be colour coordinated to match a home’s exterior or landscape. They can also be stamped or engraved in patterns that mimic other popular paving materials, such as brick, flagstone, slate and tile.
- Affordable yet stylish
As an investment, concrete patios typically cost less than patios made of brick or natural stone because they are less labour-intensive to install. The lower price tag combined with the wide array of patterns and colours available make concrete an economical choice for most budgets. Plus, concrete is easily formed into any shape to accommodate backyard space restrictions.
- Durable and low-maintenance
Upgrading your backyard with a decorative concrete patio is also an investment that will provide many years of enjoyment while improving the look of your landscape. Concrete is easy to maintain and can stand up to the harshest of weather conditions. Unlike paving stones, you won’t have joints between units where grass and weeds can sprout. And unlike wood, concrete won’t warp, rot or require periodic staining.
CONCRETER SYDNEY – BUILDING YOU THE PERFECT CONCRETE IDEAS
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