Our backyards are becoming ever more important in the overall outlook of our homes. They are places where we can spend some quality time in the open, either alone or with family or friends. Since nothing symbolizes that better than patios, here are some backyard concrete patio ideas for making your available outdoor space better and more enjoyable.
Concrete, plain or stamped, is the perfect medium for achieving wanted design for a patio. Do it right, and an ordinary backyard may quickly become a home within a home, a place where you’ll enjoy spending time. All it takes is a detail or two, to make it all look and feel like a safe haven. Here are some of our top suggestions:
Obvious though it may be, the first thing on the checklist should be the places to sit down and relax. So organize chairs or benches, along with a table (or stone or concrete block to serve as one), and you got yourself a lovely spot for a picnic.
To add to the picnicky feeling, you should add a fire pit, too. It’s not difficult to make, either. It is best put on pavers because they provide a stable base. On the base of dry gravels, you may make rectangular walls out of cinder, bricks, or any other suitable material. Then fill it with charcoal or some other fuel, and you’re set. Of course, this is only 101, and you may freely play with designs and ideas.
It is conventional wisdom that patios are made on flat surfaces. When there are slopes in the yard, it’s time for tiered designs. As with all more complex works, it can be made to look amazing. Imagine multiple tiers, for grilling meat, outdoor eating, and sitting around the fire in the warm summer evening with cold drinks.
With tiers and steps that connect them, you can avoid the monotony of one large slab.
Another way to break the dullness of a large slab is to put a couple of small ones. Such chunks, called pavers, are a great option because they allow you to experiment with patterns and so design a unique outlook for your garden. This way is also more affordable than pouring a single slab.
If you wish to add to the design, give some thought to the spaces between plates. You may fill them with grass, but also gravel, pebbles, or even flowers. By doing so, you’ll make every paver into a whole and new opportunity for imagination.
Another sure way to liven up your patio is to frame it with flower beds. They can add much-needed colors to the place from all sides, but also the center. All you need to do is make more space between paver slabs.
Since patios are mostly intended to be used in warm weather conditions, you’ll wish that you and your friends have some protection from the sun. So don’t hesitate to provide cover for it or some parts. Putting a gazebo or a covered porch out there will allow you to enjoy your garden even when it rains.
In hot summer days, what definitely can’t hurt is some running water to cool things down. Hit the web for some research, and you can install beautiful DIY fountains in your garden at a very affordable price. It will add one more layer of coziness to your home and make your garden even more desirable.
Now we come to the heavyweights. If your garden is larger, you can make it a perfect summer stage by building a pool.
A pool provides not only a much-needed dip under a scorching sun, but many chairs can be placed around it. If you add the parasols, too, your garden will be a true oasis in the neighborhood.
An attractive option, not to mention a hot trend nowadays as much as decades ago, is to create a seamless passage from the house to the patio. If you have glass walls and doors looking at your garden, then you can simply elongate the house floor with concrete. That especially goes if the colors of the two are matched.
If patios are your thing, but not the plain ones, then go for a stamped option. With stamped patios, you get one slab but with premade patterns on them. Those patterns can look like tiles, bricks, stone, or a combination of them. Stamped design is for all those who want to make their garden look truly new and colorful.
As useful and affordable the concretes are, they often lack… let’s call it character. That’s where wooden accessories may come in handy. Put up a wooden wall with flowers, put wooden benches, or fences to give the garden a warm outlook. Wood is also an excellent material for a gazebo.
As you may imagine, all used materials are tough and durable. In fact, with proper maintenance, they could last for decades. So give it a thorough cleaning and seal the eventual cracks every year or two. And don’t mind the rain, it can’t damage your design. Still, freezing temperatures can cause cracks.
So, there you have it – how to turn the outdoor portion of your house into a serene oasis. If you’ve just moved, you can be sure that new neighbors will love to spend time in your garden. And sure, you can do it all yourself, but you can hire concrete contractors as well. What’s important is that the end result is the perfect place for you, your family, and friends.