One of the greatest mistakes we see at Best Concrete Concepts is the tendency to place one large slab patio at the rear of the house. While this might be a traditional layout, in actuality it is rarely practical. For the best and most functional patio design, you need to consider exposure to sun and shade, proximity to the house, outdoor views, along with activities to accommodate such as entertaining, dining, cooking, and sun bathing.
Homeowners can match the stone facade of their house by installing decorative concrete to create a stone patio without the expense of installing traditional individual stones. With stamped concrete, homeowners can get the look of flagstone, brick and many other patterns when stamp patterns are pressed into freshly poured concrete. A little bit of homework is required when deciding on a patio layout. Before your concrete patio is poured, you need to think through exactly how you plan to use it.
To aid in the understanding of the “function” of the space, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you like to entertain? Then you might think about creating various large patio areas to accommodate dining areas.
- Is your backyard your private sanctuary? Then you might prefer bistro-size outdoor rooms (see sidebar) with various small, cozy destination areas throughout your yard.
- Do you have young children – will part of your plan include designating play areas?
- What type of concrete stamp would you like to use?
- What style and quantity of patio furniture will you be using in the yard?
Homeowners want to enjoy their homes, but they also see upgrading their back yards as an investment. Concrete patios are being transformed into luxurious extensions of the home. Creating the look of an authentic stone patio, slate patio, or cobblestone patio is more economical to install using decorative concrete, and adds value to the home. Some even choose to include fire pits or fireplaces, or design a full outdoor kitchen space for entertaining most of the year.
Once you have a design in mind, and measured, use our Concrete Calculator to estimate the cost or your project, and then contact Best Concrete Concepts, LLC. We service Washington County and Waukesha County, WI.