While sealers mainly darken a concrete patio's appearance and paints turn the surface completely opaque, stains offer a middle ground with a variety of colorful tones and textures dependent upon application. They come in two types: acid-based chemical and water-based acrylic. Both will permanently apply color to your concrete patio.
For the secondary siding material, project builders Ray Kash and John Looney installed horizontal clapboards made of rot-proof fiber cement, a combination of wood dust and concrete that's been shaped to look like the real thing.
Mixed materials make up the hardscaping of this backyard: concrete slabs, synthetic turf, gravel, stone walkways. The result is dynamic without detracting from the serene, composed feel of the outdoor space.
A modern concrete fire pit surrounded by patio chairs with neutral cushions offers a place to enjoy the views. Durable, pebble stones and horizontal blue hardy boards serve as the base for this dynamic space.
Chip and his crew from HGTV's hit show Elbow Room designed a cool industrial kitchen for the Grahams. The industrial inspiration is complete with a custom concrete table. This table weighs about two thousand pounds and gives the family room for a large sink, cook top and seating for six.
Shifting soils will cause concrete patios, steps and driveways to crack. Luckily, most surface defects and hairline cracks can be repaired with a thin overlay of cement stucco or mall-aggregate concrete, says Tim Carter, builder/remodeler and founder of AskTheBuilder.com. For concrete that's severely cracked, missing chunks or at different heights, he recommends replacing with steel-reinforced concrete that's a minimum of 4,000 PSI strength.
A concrete walkway features built-in lighting to help guide the way at night. Untreated cedar siding lines one side of the walkway, which perfectly complements the more industrial elements of the home.