3 Ways To Make Outdoor Areas Look Upscale Using Concrete

Posted on: 13 September 2016

Outdoor living is becoming more important than ever for homeowners in the US. This means that many are spending a lot of money sprucing up their outdoor spaces. In fact, the outdoor living and landscaping sector is now a $60 billion a year business! Re-doing or adding an outdoor space can be expensive, especially for those who want an upscale look. Upscale materials, such as natural stone, can really add up. For those looking for an upscale outdoor space without the price tag, concrete is a great option. Here are three ways concrete can help create a beautiful outdoor space for less.

Patios

Natural stone patios are a hallmark of upscale outdoor spaces. Natural stone is water resistant, beautiful, and durable. It can also be expensive. Natural stone, often referred to as flagstone, runs between $10 and $30 per square foot, while concrete is a much cheaper option at $6 to $10 per square foot. Concrete often brings to mind a boring flat slab. However, stamped concrete is concrete that has been stamped and stained to mimic natural stone. Stamped concrete is a great way to get a natural stone look for a fraction of the price.

Walkways And Driveways

Walkways and driveways are also often replaced in order to achieve an upscale look outside the home. Similar to patios, natural stone is one of the more expensive choices for materials for walkways and driveways. Another upscale option is brick pavers. Using traditional brick pavers costs between $10 and $30 per square foot, while concrete pavers that mimic the look of brick cost between $6 and $20 per square foot. Once again, concrete is versatile enough to mimic a more expensive material at a fraction of the cost. Walkways are similar to driveways, in that concrete is a great option for creating an upscale look for less. Concrete walkways cost between $5 and $16 per square foot, while natural stone options run between $18 and $30.

Indoor-Outdoor Connection

Another way to get a more upscale look is by connecting the indoors to the outdoors. This can be done by opening up an interior room to the outside through the use of sliding glass doors. In this case, carrying the indoor flooring to the outside is a great way to create an upscale look. Concrete is perfect for this. It's a great material for indoor and outdoor use. Polished concrete can cost as little as $2 to $6 per square foot and flows seamlessly from the indoors to the outdoors. 

Creating an upscale look can take a bite out of a homeowner's budget. Traditionally upscale materials, such as brick and stone, can be costly. However, concrete is a great alternative for patios, driveways, walkways, and indoor/outdoor flooring. Concrete can be stamped to mimic the look of more expensive materials in order to create an upscale look for less. It can also be quite beautiful and upscale on its own.

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