A neighbor who was replacing an old concrete patio and driveway generously let us partake of the remains. We hated seeing it go to waste and wanted to find a way to make reusing concrete a cool thing to do. I think my husband succeeded!
As soon as I noticed my neighbors pulling up their patio – I went right over and asked what they planned on doing with the remains. They really had no clue – the company redoing the patio was going to take it away, but they had no clue what happened to it after that. The sad part of this is not only that they did not care to ask – but they had no clue what a huge impact on the environment concrete has.
Once I shared what I knew with her – she was kind of shocked. I have always said education is key to making change – which is why this blog was started in the first place.
I kindly asked if we could have the remnants of her patio so we can do something creative in our yard with an area that has been bothering us for years to which she seemed grateful!
Reusing the concrete allowed us to create a stairway to reach a previously inaccessible part of our yard. This dirt path has not only been an eye sore – it is also difficult to climb as it is steep and slippery. My husband and his friends got together to lay the concrete pieces all the way up the hill and now we have a great little staircase to get us to the top of our yard.
I really love how the concrete creates a pretty almost waterfall-like landscape element.
Below are some pictures of the final result – and yes we used every piece of the concrete we took. I do plan on doing planting on either side of the slabs giving it a more beautiful serene look!