Planning the Patio of Your Dreams

Concrete patios are trending right now. Whether you’re looking to install a brand-new patio or refurbish an old one, here’s a little inspiration to get you started. 

The idea of putting in a patio on your own can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be.

You have to measure and refine your borders, maybe buy a whole slew of tools you’re unfamiliar with, and smooth and seal it properly. Luckily, there’s a wealth of visual information available for DIY projects on YouTube and other home-improvement websites! But don’t worry if you’re a shy newbie or less than handy. There are plenty of top-notch masons and builders here in Chicago and the suburbs who could do it for you. We’ve got the concrete (and a long list of local-business recommendations).

It’s the perfect time to put in a new patio.

You’ll get to use it for at least a couple more months before the first snow hits! Plus, you’ll already be in business by the time spring rolls around. We love concrete patios for their durability and versatility. You can finish them to be totally smooth or uniquely textured. They can suit the style of your home and yard, and concrete can even be colored to fit in with your vision.

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Image via Home Depot.

Maybe these projects don’t look like a walk in the park. They’re probably not, honestly. But with some quality materials and a good team, you too can have the patio of your dreams.

Cassie Vu