Concrete patios can add value and beauty to any outdoor living space. Get tips and tricks on how to design and build these outdoor gathering spaces.
By: Sean McEvoy
Concrete patios can add value and beauty to any outdoor living space. If you're considering installing a concrete patio, you'll want to peruse these tips and tricks to make it a welcoming, durable and beautiful addition to your backyard.
Some of the benefits of choosing a concrete patio are durability, a low level of maintenance, versatility in terms of style, and the ability to pour the concrete in any shape to suit the contours of your backyard.
The first consideration when planning a concrete patio is location. Although many homeowners choose to build a patio directly adjacent to their home or to a deck structure off the side of the home, some also choose to build in another portion of the backyard, to create a separate seating dining or gathering area. Your decision should be based on the size of the patio, the shape of your outdoor living space, and which features are most important to you.
In terms of cost, concrete patios can be quite economical. A simple design will cost around $6 - $10 per square foot, custom designs will run you $10 - $15 per square foot, and an elaborate design can cost around $12 - $17 per square foot.
You can also customize the color and texture of your concrete patio by learning how to stain concrete. Your patio can be stained to just about any hue, and the surface can be stamped to create textures that mimic stone, brick or other materials.
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