So you've decided to update your property but you haven't figured out just how to do it. You could hire a contractor to refurbish your home or build a new dwelling. You could hire a landscaper to give your yard a whole new look. Or you could use ready mix concrete and produce a few affordable updates on your own. Here are three update options to consider that require nothing more than a little legwork and residential concrete, along with a few tools and accessories:
Create Garden Steps
You can use pieces of 2 by 4 lumber to build forms for steps in your gardens, then mix water with your ready mix concrete and pour it into your forms. After sitting for at least 24 hours, you can take the wood forms apart and you'll be left with concrete steps that makes it easy to navigate throughout your gardens.
When it rains, people can walk through the garden without worrying about getting muddy, and you'll minimize the damage that's done to your grass throughout the year because feet won't be walking all over it. Consider adding tint to your concrete mix to make your steps look blue, red, yellow, or even green to match the grass.
Build an Outdoor Living Space
Building an outdoor living space will help ensure that your family gets outside to enjoy nature on a regular basis year-round, even when it happens to be raining or extra windy outside. Start by building a concrete slab somewhere in the yard where you want to spend your time. Then put a gazebo over the concrete slab and screen it in to keep the pests out.
Inside the enclosed gazebo, you can create an outdoor kitchen complete with dining table and chairs where your family and friends can enjoy meals together whether morning, noon, or night.
Make Driveway Entrance Pillars
Create a grand look and feel for your home that helps set it apart from the neighbors' houses by building concrete pillars at the entrance of your driveway. The pillars can be as thick and tall as you'd like and can even incorporate custom designs such as curved edges or a notched surface. Or turn them into stone pillars by adding large rocks to the ready mix concrete as you pour it and before it sets.
The rocks should show through after everything dries. The taller and larger the pillars are, the longer it will take for your ready mix concrete to dry. But no matter what size you decide to make them, your pillars should be ready to show off within just a couple of days of pouring them.
All of these projects can be done without any professional help, but if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or confused, help to get things finished is only a phone call away.Share
10 November 2017
When I first moved into our house, I realized that the place needed a little bit of work. In addition to missing part of the back lawn, there was also an empty RV pad and a missing patio. I thought about what to do, and I realized that the best thing might be to hire a concrete contractor to make things right. After we got settled, we started pricing services. We were able to find an incredible contractor that we knew would do a good job. After he poured the pads, it was amazing to see how much better things looked. Read my blog for ideas on how to finish your property, so that you aren't left looking at an eyesore.