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Creating an Outdoor Entertainment Space

by Steven Leonard 10/06/2019

Did you recently move into a home that has this wonderfully big backyard, but all the contractor installed was a little three-foot by two-foot slab of concrete just outside the back door. What use is that? Where do you put the chairs or a barbecue? 

There are several approaches you can take to creating a usable space. First, you can take the easy road, and that is the hire a company and have them design something for you. Then, you can pay them to build whatever they create. This way is costly at the least, but if you have more funds than time then go ahead and take that route. They will produce something spectacular for you.

However, if are short on cash but are willing to work one of the next two approaches might work for you. One, you can go the way of building a deck out of treated decking boards, or two, you could pour another concrete slab. For this explanation, the concrete slab is the choice. Concrete involves a lot of physical labor, but if you take your time and work at it—instead of going to the gym—you might produce something the whole family can use instead of just sweat. To get started, you need to make sure you have a good shovel, rake, and a pick-spade. 

To create the best concrete slab, you need a level base. Some would say you can pour the concrete directly onto the grass, but grass has a way of growing up through concrete. So, let’s remove the turf from the areas you want to become the porch. You will need to enough two-by-six boards to frame the entire area of the new porch. You want the top of the board to be level with the top of the concrete, so you need to remove the dirt, so you have four inches of the six-inch board clear. You can pour the cement without any reinforcement, but you risk it cracking. At your DIY store, you will find four-foot by five-feet four-inch wire mesh to cover the dirt. Using this method is a lot easier than using standard lengths of rebar. 

Now to the concrete. There are two methods, and your area will determine which is the least expensive. You can buy the cement from a ready-mix company, or you can purchase the sacks of premix from the hardware store and rent a mixer. In either case, you will need to determine how many cubic feet of concrete you will need: Do that by multiplying the length of slab times its width times its depth (this should be a minimum of four inches). If you have experience laying concrete before, then you can get your brother-in-law or a friend to help you and you should able to mix and lay a 15-foot by 23-foot slab in about four hours. 

Once the concrete has completely dried, you can put chairs, a table, and the barbecue on it. One further suggestion would be to find a self-standing gazebo that you buy in a box that you can put together. If you're in a wind-prone area, bolt it into the concrete. These free-standing gazebos range from $200 to $1500. 

Now enjoy your great backyard!

About the Author
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Steven Leonard

Experienced Realtor, Steven Leonard, currently serves buyers and sellers located in and around Austin, San Marcos, New Braunfels, Canyon Lake, San Antonio and Houston, Texas. For 11 years, Steven has held client satisfaction as his highest priority and works hard to make the entire buying and selling experience as productive and enjoyable as possible. Clients working with Steven never fail to appreciate his confidence, professional integrity, and fierce efficiency. 

Steven’s extensive experience and knowledge allow him to handle a wide range of clients and situations. Whether his clients are looking for a home for the very first or they're seasoned investors; Steven works tirelessly to accommodate their needs and exceed their expectations. Being a Texas native, Steven is incredibly well-versed in the area's housing market and always manages to find his clients those hidden gems that other agents tend to overlook. 

Steven values all of his clients and strives to build strong, lasting relationships with them that go far beyond business. Being a father himself, Steven understands how much families put on the line when they invest in a home. That's why he works closely with them every step of the way, making the otherwise overwhelming process completely stress-free. Steven is truly passionate about what he does and loves finding the best home for his clients and their families. 

In his free time, Steven enjoys golfing, spending time with his family, and working with Upbring, an organization dedicated to helping foster children and breaking the cycle of child abuse. To learn more about Steven's real estate services, please don't hesitate to give him a call today. 713-907-0922 or [email protected]

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