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Do you want an area outside of your home where you can entertain guests? Maybe, you just want a patio where your family can gather for an outdoor dinner on a warm summer's night. If so, it is quite possible that you could have a concrete patio installed for less money than you might think. You can learn all about how concrete can be used for many of the elements of your patio. Concrete is easy to maintain and can last many, many years, so it is a great material to use in such a way. Visit my website to see how many things I have made out of concrete for my patio and learn the estimated cost of each item.

using concrete to create an outdoor living space

How To Beautify The Front Of Your Home

by Eugene Mitchell

Aren't you glad to be saying farewell to the cold winter months? While you probably truly enjoyed the holidays, the next months are sometimes just something you have to endure. Now you can count the days until spring arrives and then summer entertaining will follow close behind. This is the perfect time for you to be planning the beautification of your home. From the right landscaping to elegant paving, here are some ideas that might inspire you to create something very special. 

Commercial Paving - Do you have enough space in the front of your house to add a circular drive way? Talk about adding pizzazz to your house! And, if you select brick or flagstone for the driveway, it will look like something out of a decorating magazine. To add something really out of the ordinary, consider paving your driveway with concrete and then painting it. You can choose the look of marble, tile, wood or pretty much anything else your brain can imagine. Concrete, flagstone and brick are all affordable and will last forever. In addition, they are easy to care for. Just use the garden hose to clean them off and the job is done.

A Walkway - While you're at it, add a pretty walkway to the front of your house. Either match the walkway to the pavement you used for the circular driveway or select another material that complements it. For example, if you used brick for the driveway, use flagstone for the walkway. Add interest to the design by edging the walkway with bricks. Plant a pretty low hedge or low growing glowers along the walkway to complete the look. At the end of the walkway, have a beautiful door waiting for those who enter your home. For a bit of a rustic look, choose dark wood with wrought iron enhancements. For a dramatic look, choose a bold color for the front door and select brass hardware to go with it.

Planting Areas - Design different shaped planting areas to strategic places of your front lawn. Mix succulents, mosses, grasses and vegetables with flowers like roses, geraniums, hyacinths and lilies. Include pots of different shapes and sizes and hanging baskets in trees for added drama. A very nice touch would be to use bricks to surround the planting areas. Besides looking pretty, it would make mowing easier.

For a final touch, add outdoor lighting which is not only beautiful but which will add security and safety to your home. For more information, contact companies like Asphalt Industries LLC

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