One of the best and easiest ways to spruce up your outdoor spaces and make them more beautiful for spring is to add decorative concrete.
Not only does decorative concrete look beautiful and unique, it can also increase the value of your home, add curb appeal, and make taking care of your yard a whole lot easier. Even better? The perfect concrete element can make you want to spend more time outside this spring!
There are nearly endless ways to incorporate concrete into your outdoor spaces. Here are just a few of our favorites for spring:
1. Build a retaining wall in your front yard
Concrete retaining walls look beautiful in sloped yards, and provide new and easy-to-maintain landscaping options for your outdoor space.
Retaining walls are designed to constrain and stabilize the soil behind them, which creates a barrier between the sidewalk or street and your entryway and prevents mud and soil from loosening and sliding in the rain.
2. Incorporate LED lighting into outdoor concrete steps
Installing LED lights into outdoor steps not only adds a touch of elegance (particularly on those gloomy, cloudy days that sometimes linger through early spring in the Pacific Northwest) but they also make your stairs a whole lot safer. This is especially true if you have long or twisting entryway stairs, or if you have a set of outdoor stairs without a railing.
There are so many versatile design options. Include lights under each step to truly light up your yard in the night, or opt for fewer lights for a subtle glow.
Stairs are one of the most important places to light, but there are a number of other ways to incorporate LED lighting into your outdoor concrete project. Here are a few ideas:
- Illuminate a winding concrete path by lining it with small LED lights.
- Add a few lights at the edge of a concrete patio to separate it from the rest of your yard.
- Install LED lighting underneath a concrete bench or at the edge of a fire pit to make the space more inviting at night.
3. 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 coziness and light to your yard and provide a great place to spend your evenings, they can seriously increase the value of your home.
Concrete fire pits are great in both big and small yards. They also come in a wide variety of designs. It’s important to think about placement when you’re deciding on a design, since you really want your new space to be somewhere you and your family and friends will want to spend time.
Here are a few ideas for how to make your concrete fire pit even more inviting:
- Include a built-in concrete seating nook around your fireplace and line it with cozy cushions.
- Hang string lights around your fire pit to help illuminate the space.
- Incorporate a flat surface around the edges of your fireplace so you’ll have a place to rest your feet and put drinks — and, of course, a bag of marshmallows.
4. Add a stamped concrete patio to your backyard
A concrete patio with just a few pieces of outdoor furniture can completely transform your backyard from simply the place where you do yard work into a place where you’ll want to spend most of your spring and summer evenings! They also add value to your home.
While any concrete patio can spruce up your backyard, stamped concrete designs can create a completely unique look. This material adds instant class and texture to just about any outdoor concrete project, and it couldn’t be more versatile. In fact, the designs that can be created using stamped concrete are nearly limitless.
Stamped concrete can be made to look like brick, tile, flagstone, or just about any other material, texture, and color. You can even make your stamped concrete patio look like it’s made out of hardwood planks, but without the rot!
Are you ready to transform your outdoor space for spring?
At GWC Decorative Concrete, our team has over 75 combined years of experience working with decorative concrete. We understand the importance of making your concrete project beautiful, functional, and durable, so you can enjoy it for years to come.
If you have questions about your project, get in touch today at (503) 849-0901 or contact us online to talk to a professional concrete contractor.