If you have just completed your new home, you might be thinking about delaying the installation of your concrete until spring. But there are good reasons to get your concrete done at the start of winter. As we have always said to our clients over the years – get your concrete in before the rain sets in! We are heading into rainy winter days in Adelaide and you don’t want muddy footprints traipsing through your new home.
Adelaide and Hobart are the only cities in Australia that have not been affected by the recent real estate decline. In fact, Adelaide has seen an increase in property prices of 0.1% and Hobart, 0.7%. Not the sort of growth we have been used to but certainly better than going backwards.
With this sort of confidence continuing in Adelaide’s real estate, despite what is happening interstate, it is a good a time as ever to invest in your home and complete your concrete projects.
Below we have compiled concrete ideas for brand new homes. A fresh clean slate to get creative with a design and style that you want. Have a look at our ideas below and visit our showroom with samples on display and a team of experts to discuss your project with you.
Front yard ideas – concrete pathways, walkways, driveways
Concrete can be installed with style, function and design working together to produce a result that will make the most of your outdoor spaces.
At Panorama Concrete we supply exposed aggregate concrete, stamped or pattern pave concrete, and handcrafted saw-cut concrete. With these ranges, concrete need not be a simple slab of one uniform colour or texture, it can be a combination to add flair and interest. But always with function in mind.
Coloured concrete combinations
Coloured concrete works well when combined with stamped concrete patterns, or by itself for shed floors or concrete driveways. For example, a driveway can be laid in coloured concrete with a different coloured border. A brick edge border adds extra design features either in the same colour as the rest of the concrete paving or a different colour. Coloured concrete on its own or as a combination of colours is one of our more cost-effective options.
Exposed aggregate with tiled borders
Instead of laying exposed aggregate on your driveway as one uniform slab, you can add tile inserts which are available in a variety of colours. They add an attractive contrast to the exposed aggregate mix that you have chosen. Tile inserts can be added as borders, as a pattern inside the slab itself, or to separate different sections of your front yard.
Coloured concrete and stamped concrete combinations
The combination of coloured concrete and stamped concrete works very well to define an area and tie in the design elements of a contemporary home. A coloured concrete main slab can be completely transformed and made more beautiful with a stamped concrete border in a contrasting colour.
You can also have the reverse with a stamped concrete main driveway and a coloured concrete border to define the driveway.
Exposed aggregate stepping stones with pebbles
A pathway made of stepping stones to the front door, filled in with pebbles adds interest and texture to this new home’s front yard. The colour of the pebbles can contrast with the stepping stones and there is very little maintenance.
Greenery between the stepping stones adss an organic touch and these shrubs stay small and are hardy for this purpose. Mondo grass is often used but your local nursery will be able to advise you on other types.
Exposed aggregate concrete borders to define your lawns
Exposed aggregate has been laid as a driveway and extended to border the two sections of the lawn. The same exposed aggregate has been used to create an attractive, uniform extension of the driveway and front yard landscape, defining the space.
Back yard ideas – concrete pathways, patios
Coloured concrete tiles bordering exposed aggregate
This combination of concrete works well to define landscaped gardens, pathways or sections of the garden that are part of the overall landscape designs and give varying dimensions, texture and space to your backyard. These photos show how Mondo grass was also used to separate out the sections. This idea can be extended to pathways and walkways.
Exposed aggregate and strips of coloured concrete
Pathways need not be just simple pathways but can use colour or patterns for interest. This pathway has been separated into sections with coloured concrete strips. The coloured concrete strips can also be replaced with tile inserts. This breaks up one long uniform section of concrete into smaller sections.
Exposed aggregate stepping stones with pebbles
Walkways at the side of your home can be created cost effectively and with a touch of flair. This example uses stepping stones with surrounding pebbles. There is little maintenance for the low maintenance home owner.
Handcrafted saw-cut concrete ideas
Our handcrafted saw-cut concrete range is well suited to the new modern homes of Adelaide. It’s sleek in appearance and can be installed with an exposed aggregate base or a coloured concrete base. Ideal for for driveways, pathways and patios, it has the appearance of a high-end pavers without the weeds and subsidence.
To install handcrafted saw-cut concrete, an integral coloured concrete mix is poured. The mix is either an exposed concrete or a plain coloured concrete mix with a smudge finish for grip and traction. Once the concrete has cured we return to cut rectangles or squares into the top so that the finished look is sleek, modern and like high end pavers. It has the added benefit of no widening gaps between the pavers nor weeds growing through.
Panorama Concrete are experts in this particular style of concrete and have many examples of it throughout homes in Adelaide. One of our larger installations is in Bank Street, Adelaide which was installed with our Milled Handcrafted Sawcut Exposed Aggregate. We are currently installing a similar finish in Gawler Place in the city.
Don’t wait for spring – get your concrete in before the rain sets in!
The start of winter is a good time to lay your concrete. We work around wet weather and other elements and do our best to complete your project within your required time frame to the best of our ability. We cannot control heavy rain which continues for long periods but we do have several concrete teams to start and finish projects.
You might be subject to longer waiting periods at this time of year because when the weather clears up, our concrete teams have to finish the work they started. A good reason to book your job in early!
Call Panorama Concrete Adelaide today for your new home project
Call the friendly team at Panorama Concrete Adelaide today on 08 82979611 to discuss your new home. Our showroom at 1 Maple Avenue in Forestville has many samples on display to help you design your concrete pathways, walkways and driveways. No mud traipsing through this new home thank you!