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Concrete Patio Planning for a Small Backyard

Concrete Patio Planning for a Small Backyard

Spring is finally here, which means we’re all spending more time outdoors. Don’t let a small backyard hold you back from the patio design of your dreams! Concrete can help you achieve the look you want because it can be cast in almost any shape, pattern or color.

Concrete patios are great for the summerHere are our top tips for concrete patio planning for a small backyard:

 

  • Decide where you want your patio to be. Consider your backyard’s sun and shade patterns. Select a location that will suit your needs, whether you prefer sunbathing or relaxing in the shade.
  • Incorporate curved design. One of the latest trends in patio design is to include curves that blend in with landscaping. The effect is easy to achieve with concrete.
  • Mimic the look of natural materials. Love the look of paving stones or wood? Concrete can be cast to mimic most materials using stamped patterns or stencils.
  • Frame your patio with a border. Framing a small concrete patio with a border in a different color is an inexpensive way to dress up simple materials and creates a neat, clean look.
  • Leave space for outdoor furniture. Experts typically recommend at least 20 to 25 square feet to make room for furniture and leave space for walking.
  • Hire pros who know their stuff. A concrete construction professional will know how to make the most of a small backyard. If you’re in east central Minnesota, contact Templin Concrete Construction at 612-388-1945 to plan the perfect concrete patio for you and your space.

 

Adding a little spice to your backyard for the summer will make it look a little more inviting.  If you’re someone who wants to enjoy stepping outside on your back patio or have company over to do the same, a concrete patio is the best choice you can make.

Asphalt vs. Concrete: Which Material is Right for Your Driveway?

Asphalt vs. Concrete: Which Material is Right for Your Driveway?

When it comes to which material to use for driveways, homeowners typically choose between asphalt and concrete. Both of these materials prove viable options for your driveway and come with their own sets of pros and cons. The materials Asphalt is a mixture of sand and crushed stone (the aggregate) bound with a petroleum-based substance,Continue Reading

Why Choose Stamped Concrete?

Why Choose Stamped Concrete?

As a durable and viable alternative to regular concrete, stamped concrete is a popular choice for all your outdoor paving needs, such as patios, driveways, or decks. An easy to install and maintain material, stamped concrete comes in an almost unlimited variety of design options that stand the test of time. Need we say more?Continue Reading

Driveway Snow Plowing: Four Benefits of Hiring Professionals

Driveway Snow Plowing: Four Benefits of Hiring Professionals

We’re knee-deep in the heart of winter, and snow is very much on the radar. Since we still have a few months left before temperatures warm up, we have a lot of shoveling and snow blowing ahead of us. But don’t worry—let the pros handle it. Why? More time for you You’ve been there before:Continue Reading

3 Signs it’s Time for a Concrete Driveway Replacement

3 Signs it’s Time for a Concrete Driveway Replacement

You see your driveway everyday when you hop in the car to go to work, drop the kids off, or run your errands. But we urge you to take a closer look the next time you step outside. Does your concrete driveway look like it’s seen better days? It may be easy to simply ignoreContinue Reading

How Ice and Snow Affect Your Concrete Driveway

How Ice and Snow Affect Your Concrete Driveway

Winter is coming. Or better yet—it’s already here! That cold weather, with its ice and thick snow, holds huge implications for your concrete driveway. So, it’s a good idea to take stock of just what can happen in these wintry months and ensure you’re not doing anything to potentially harm it even more! Thawed outContinue Reading

How to Melt Ice on Your Driveway Without Salt

How to Melt Ice on Your Driveway Without Salt

Anyone who lives in a colder climate is well-accustomed to seeing rock salt in the winter time. However, not many people realize the significant damage salt can cause on concrete and asphalt pavements. In fact, using rock salt as a deicing agent can lead to defoliation of plant life and post a threat to petsContinue Reading

Why Choose Concrete Flooring for Your Garage

Why Choose Concrete Flooring for Your Garage

Concrete flooring has become a staple in every workspace. Why? It’s extremely durable Concrete can withstand a lot, without cracking under pressure. After all, that’s why it’s often used for garages and utility areas, so it can hold cars, forklifts and other heavy machinery. This same durability holds up against high heels, furniture, and pets.Continue Reading

What to Consider When Choosing Your Kitchen Countertop

What to Consider When Choosing Your Kitchen Countertop

In the market for some new kitchen countertops? It can be easy to go on aesthetics alone, but durability, cost, and other factors should help you in your decision. Read on for some things to consider when choosing your kitchen countertop! Find your fit If you have young children who make a lot of mess,Continue Reading

How to Use Concrete in Every Part of Your Home

How to Use Concrete in Every Part of Your Home

When homeowners hear the word ‘concrete,’ they often just think outside: concrete is typically used to pave driveways or balance out sidewalks. Right? Wrong! Concrete does make a reliable and stylish driveway, but it can also be used in other parts of your home! It can be used in very unique ways, offering a hostContinue Reading