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landscaping and Decorating With Cement Sculptures

Sculptures have been used to decorate gardens and homes since this art form first developed. The earliest sculptures were made from chiseled rock and clay. As the art form developed new mediums were used like marble, granite and bronze. The labor intensive process of creating sculptures has traditionally made them very expensive and unattainable for most homeowners. However, today we have access to less expensive mediums and molding technologies that make owning sculptures more affordable, especially cement sculpture.

Cement sculptures are an affordable option for garden decorations and landscaping. Small cement sculptures can even be used in your home. The affordability of this type of sculpture is due to the low cost of cement and the re-usable molding technologies used to create these sculptures.

To create a cement sculpture an artist needs to first create the prototype of the sculpture in clay. This sculpture is then used to create a negative mold for the cement sculpture. This mold is treated with resins so that it will not stick to the cement. After the negative mold has been created it is allowed to cure and harden. Once the mold is ready to use it is assembled and filled with cement. The mold may be rotated to help work out air bubbles. The mold is then stored in a stationary position to allow the cement time to dry. Once the cement has hardened the mold is removed and the sculpture is allowed additional time to dry out. After the cement sculpture has dried completely the rough edges may be filed down and imperfections are removed. At this point the piece is either ready to go to the showroom or it is sent to the painting department to be finished.

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Should You Hire Landscapers for a Small Courtyard?

If your only outdoor space is a courtyard comparable in size to a human scale postage stamp, you might think that there’s little purpose in hiring a landscaper to beautify your space. We’d like to urge you to reconsider, however, by detailing the various things a landscaper can do to make your courtyard the most irresistible ‘room’ in your home. When your landscaper is finished and has realised your garden’s potential, you might even find that your courtyard isn’t as small as you first thought!

Splash of Colour

Most people know that black is a slimming colour, and while this may be a fantastic attribute in fashion, it isn’t as useful to the landscaper. If your courtyard is currently a wasteland of greys, blacks and dark greens, you are probably in desperate need of a landscaper with a colour intervention. Your landscaper will carefully and expertly choose colours to suit your tastes and your home’s architectural style.

Party Potential

When was the last time you wanted to hold a party or entertain some friends but didn’t have quite enough space to make it really work? Even if your courtyard is compact, it could provide that much needed extra seating area to make entertaining at the drop of a hat as easy as pie. Your landscaper can create an effective space plan for you that includes features such as outdoor cooking equipment, dining areas and peaceful garden seats.

Inner City Retreat

Having a garden in the city is not only a nice lifestyle feature but also necessary to your health if you have a busy working life largely disconnected from the natural world. Hiring landscapers to transform a concrete courtyard to a green paradise, complete with hardy plants, cool foliage and soft textures, is practically a long term investment in your health and state of mind. Your landscaper can even establish a small vegetable or herb garden for you to enjoy the fresh tastes of home grown food.

Enjoy your Whole Home

If you’re still doubting whether it is worth investing in taking care of your courtyard, remember that the space was originally built for enjoyment, as courtyards are pleasure gardens more than anything else. Your landscaper will be full of ideas for decorating and planting on a small scale, and will help you integrate your courtyard space with your lifestyle and the rest of your home. Your landscapers will probably also surprise you with techniques you’ve never heard of to introduce a truly modern element into your home.