June 20, 2011
-- Let's say a homeowner spends a lot of money and installs a beautifully paved area. But the surrounding plants are not healthy, or it is too small, or there is nothing lovely to look at in the garden. I would say this is not a success. But let's take a similar situation where someone has a patio made of an inexpensive material. Yet, with the money saved there are now lovely plants with lots of color, a beautiful, small planter garden, and some comfortable chairs to sit on. Which would you rather have? To take this another step, let's enhance the concrete a bit without adding much onto the cost. Let's make it a more interesting color rather than that typical "cement" color. Perhaps beige or even a very soft peach color would look great. This is done by adding color into the concrete. Now let's design an interesting pattern into the concrete...maybe a stamped concrete design. The patio can be rectilinear, but it can also have beautiful curves to it also. And so you have it... a lovely patio at a fraction of the cost of one made of pavers, brick, bluestone, travertine or other natural stone.