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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

2 Creative Uses For Old Concrete Parking Bumpers

by Eugene Mitchell

If you have had the opportunity to park in a commercial lot, you have likely noticed the long concrete bumpers used to prevent a driver from pulling too far forward into a parking space. While these concrete bumpers serve a valuable role in a parking lot setting, they are often discarded when it is time for new bumpers to be installed.

Finding creative ways to use old parking bumpers can be a simple way for you to help reduce the amount of construction waste that winds up in residential landfills each year. Here are two creative uses that will help you give new life to some old parking bumpers in the future.

1. Define your flower beds.

Creating defined flower beds within your outdoor living space can be a great way to give your landscape design a makeover. Lining the edges of your flower beds with old parking bumpers is a simple and effective way to recycle these concrete structures.

Begin by painting the parking bumpers to make them more decorative. Be sure that you use a tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) cleanser to remove dirt and debris from the surface of the bumpers so that your paint will adhere to the concrete. Use the bumpers to create the exterior edges of a planting area, add planting soil to the interior space, and sow some colorful plants to add interest to your outdoor living area.

2. Build a fire pit.

Watching the dancing flames of a fire can be mesmerizing, and adding a fire pit to your outdoor living space can be a great way to give your guests the opportunity to gather around an open flame.

Concrete bumpers provide an affordable and eclectic material that can be used to construct your fire pit. Broken or chipped bumpers are perfect for this project, since they will add character and interest to your decorative fire pit.

Start by using smaller pieces of concrete bumpers to create a circle whose diameter matches the size of your desired fire pit. Using dry-stacking techniques and a construction adhesive, add another layer of concrete bumper pieces to the first layer. Continue adding layers until you are satisfied with the height of your fire pit's walls. Throw some logs in the center, set up some chairs around the perimeter, and enjoy the benefits of an open fire in your backyard.

Finding ways to put old parking bumpers to use as flower bed borders and fire pit walls can be a simple way to recycle these concrete products in the future. Visit http://www.unitstepjoliet.com for more information. 

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