Planting is sparse, but impactful in this California front yard. Landscape designers paid close attention to the shape and scale of plants and gave them a clean, neutral backdrop of gravel and concrete walls.
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 slab is repurposed as a coffee table in this eclectic living room. Its neutral rustic simplicity serves as a foil for the contemporary black-and-white striped rug and traditional slipcovered sofa.