Spring is here and you can start to look forward to more than just the increase in sunshine and warm temperatures. These times usually see an increase in family and friends get-togethers and you might want to start preparing for the fun months to come. While you may not be hard pressed to find activities for your family, there are some interesting ideas using concrete that can be incorporated into your regime for this coming summer. Considering that concrete costs between $3.25 and $5.25 and is quite flexible, it can be used in a variety of ways both indoors and outdoors to create DIY projects that can be enjoyed by your family (including those hard-to-please teenagers) as well as your friends.
So, if you are looking for a new concrete project that can help you incorporate six hours of quality time per week with your children as well as fun, interesting adult time with your spouse and friends, here are a few ideas to consider.
Get your skates on
Roller skating seemed to hit a peak in the 70's and 80's. However, it is seeing a resurgence in popularity in recent times. Also, skateboarding becoming quite popular among men who are over 35 years old as well as becoming a favored family past time. Unfortunately, many of the roller rinks from those times have closed and you may be lucky to be able to identify one in your area. However, you could build your own skating area either in your backyard or basement with concrete, which is cheap and provides a slick surface for skating.
Since the average home skating rink is about 70 feet by 150 feet, you need to ensure that you have the required space for it. An outdoor rink can be built in an oval shape but you can keep the rectangular shape for the indoor version. In addition, since safety is important, it is recommended that you enclose your outdoor rink with a wall. This idea can be the basis for hours of fun for your cook-outs and barbeques.
Concrete is perfect for building permanent board games in the backyard or basement. Games such as chess or America's favorite game of Scrabble can be built into almost any space. The chessboard can be made from alternating squares of concrete and grass patches and wooden chess pieces, since concrete pieces may prove a bit difficult to move. Scrabble can be created from concrete tiles for the board with concrete slabs to house your letter tiles.
This project might not cost you any more than the cost for the concrete and the wood to make your Chess pieces and Scrabble tiles, if you do them yourself. This can also be a great way to spend time with your friends.
Contact a company like Hi-Grade Materials Co to get started.