We love concrete, can't help it. There are so many options, you can do just about anything you want. Our last house had exposed aggregate borders, this time we opted for wider (and deeper since they'll probably get driven on at some point) and then we stamped and stained them. Here's a look into our process. Always a couple concrete projects going on around here.
We framed it up in stages. We had lots of pours going on for patios and the like so we would try to do a portion of the island when we had a need for concrete already. The red you see is a stamp liner so the portion you'll see will have a decorative edge.
Here it is. The darker area with the framing is the most recent pour. We've already removed framing on other sections that were done earlier.
We got the border poured within a summer's time but the rest of the island, from the first picture to this one took years to fill in and get to what you see in the picture below. It has really filled in nicely.
During this same time frame we have been working on getting the patios poured out back. I will go into more detail on these patios in my next "My Landscaping Adventures" post but here's a few pictures to wet your appetite and give you an idea of the scope of the project. It was a long couple years getting all this poured but that's how we spend our evenings, planning out and prepping our next project. That's just how we roll around here (well, how my hubby rolls and I'm along for the ride).
This is the backyard. There's a walkout at this lower level and we plan to pour a cantilevered patio out over the lake. We poured the s-shape retaining wall (our first attempt at walls, my hubby has done lots of flatwork in his life but no walls, its still standing, so that's good!)
Next time I'll have some "in the works" and finished products for you. It took a couple years to get the patios completed and another summer for a small deck out the back door but well worth the wait.