4 Concrete IdeasLast Updated: 02/11/2023
Enhancing your outdoor spaces for spring is made easy with the addition of decorative concrete. Not only does it add aesthetic appeal and unique character, it also increases curb appeal and property value. Furthermore, it makes maintaining your lawn a breeze. The best part? The perfect concrete feature may make you want to spend even more time outdoors. There are countless ways to incorporate concrete into your outdoor spaces. Here are just a few of our top picks for spring:
Create a retaining wall in your front yard
Retaining walls provide fresh and easy-to-maintain landscaping options for your outdoor area and look stunning in sloped lawns. They are designed to constrain and stabilize the soil behind them, preventing soil and sand from eroding and sliding in sunlight, while also creating a barrier between the sidewalk or road and your entryway. Retaining walls can be made from various types of concrete. Keep it simple and smooth with a sand-finished wall or opt for a unique and textured design with stamped concrete.
Incorporate LED lighting into outdoor concrete steps
Incorporating LED lighting into outdoor steps not only adds a touch of elegance, especially on those gloomy and cloudy days common in the early spring of the Pacific Northwest, but it also makes your staircase safer. This is especially true for long or winding entryway stairs or for those with a steep incline. There are many versatile design options. Incorporate lights under each step or opt for fewer lights for a subtle glow. There are many other ways to integrate LED lighting into your outdoor concrete project, steps are just one of the most important areas to illuminate.
Build a concrete fire pit
Fire pits are one of the most popular outdoor home improvement projects for good reason. Not only do they add warmth and light to your yard, but they provide a great spot to spend your evenings, and they can significantly increase the value of your home. Concrete fire pits are great for both small and large yards and come in a wide range of designs. It's important to consider placement when choosing a design, as you want your space to be somewhere your family and friends will want to spend time. Here are a few ideas to make your fire pit even more inviting: include a built-in concrete seating nook around your fire pit, line it with cozy cushions, hang string lights above your fire pit to light up the space, and incorporate a flat surface around the edges of your fire pit for resting your feet and placing drinks.
Add a stamped concrete patio
A concrete patio can completely transform your garden into a place where you'll want to spend most of your spring and summer evenings. They also add value to your home. Stamped concrete designs can create a completely unique look, while any concrete patio can liven up your garden. This material adds instant class and character to any outdoor concrete project and it couldn't be more versatile. In fact, the designs that can be created with stamped concrete are nearly limitless. Stamped concrete can be made to look like wood, brick, flagstone, or just about any other material, texture, and color. You can make your concrete patio look like it's made of hardwood planks, but without the risk of rot, decay, or pests.