Outdoor living is becoming a bigger priority than ever for American homeowners. This is reflected by the amount of patios being added to homes across the country. In 2014 alone, 56 percent of new homes had a patio attached. Many owners of older homes are either adding patios or renovating the ones they currently have. Patios can be constructed out of a variety of materials including concrete, gravel, pavers, and flagstone. Concrete is a popular choice for patios since it durable and inexpensive. However a plain concrete slab patio can be boring. Here are three ways to make a concrete patio more interesting.
One of the biggest benefits of concrete is that it can be stamped into a pattern and then have color added on top. This is a great way to make the patio more interesting. Stamping the concrete is also a great way to mimic other materials, such as natural stone, for a much lower price. The average cost of flagstone is around $15 to $30 per square foot while stamped concrete is much more affordable at $10 to $15 per square foot.
Another way to add more interest to a concrete patio is by painting it. Costing as little as $20 to $100, painting a concrete patio is a great way to liven up the space without spending a lot of money. Talented homeowners can paint patterns and other visually appealing motifs. This is also a great way to spice up a patio that is used by a family with children. Paint can be used to create a chessboard or other games that can be played outside directly on the patio.
There are so many benefits to using concrete for a patio. It's durable, weather resistant, and cost effective. For these reasons, concrete is also used to make furniture. Concrete furniture is a great way to make a patio more functional and easy to use. This type of furniture can also be made as a do-it-yourself project. Concrete can also be used in other ways. Planters made of the material can flank the patio bringing in areas of color. Fire pits and fireplaces can also be constructed of concrete in order to create a more interesting patio space.
There's a lot more to concrete patios than just a flat slab on the ground. Concrete can be stamped or painted in order to create more visual interest. Concrete patios can also be jazzed up with the addition of matching concrete furniture and even fire pits and fireplaces.