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Concrete Table Tops Talk at Pasadena Showcase

The 16-by-5-foot table -- commissioned by Terry Morrill of Pacific Outdoor Living, a landscape design-build company in Sun Valley -- serves as the centerpiece of a space that garnered national honors.A real conversation starter, the concrete table designed and cast by Dominic Boinich of 5 Feet from the Moon kept the table talk flowing freely at the unveiling of the 2017 Pasadena Showcase House of Design in California.

K. Schipper
Mar 28, 2018
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Finding the Sweet Spot Among Acrylic Sealers and Acrylic Urethanes

Retailers, restaurants, shopping centers and entertainment venues can lose significant revenue if their facilities or walkways need to be shut down and revamped.Contractors have relied on acrylic sealers for decades to protect concrete flooring systems, and for good reason. In the right conditions, these sealers offer optimal durability, stain resistance and a desirable “wet look” finish. However, they have their limitations too and aren’t always the ideal option for high-traffic areas and environments with extreme hazards.

Acid or Water-based Stains to Color Concrete are a Matter of Personal Preference

The choice of acid or water-based stains to color concrete is near equally divided.What's the difference between concrete and decorative concrete? One of the first indicators is whether it has the dull gray color of … well, concrete, or if it incorporates a natural or even not-so-natural hue, tone or shade. Of course, there are also several ways to add color to concrete, depending on the needs and desires of the client.

K. Schipper
Mar 17, 2018
School's Time Walk Tells Story of Life on Planet Earth

O LD Donation School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is decidedly forward-looking in its educational mission, complete with facility design approaches geared to innovative learning concepts. One of the school's design features, however, offers a view in the other direction -- to the long-ago past, as measured in millions and billions of years.Old Donation School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is decidedly forward-looking in its educational mission, complete with facility design approaches geared to innovative learning concepts.

Joe Maty
Mar 13, 2018
Managing Your Decorative Concrete Business for Profit

Manage Your Decorative Concrete Business for ProfitBy my estimation, nearly 80 percent of all decorative concrete businesses fail to reach full earning potential, thanks to some form of mismanagement. Don’t feel bad. This percentage elevates when we combine all other construction trades into the equation.

Doug Carlton
Embedding and Imprinting Objects in Concrete

Imprinted brass gears in concrete Whether it's knick-knacks or corporate logos, embedding or imprinting objects into concrete gives an unmistakably addition to the home or business. Here are some tips on how to add this finishing touch to an interior or exterior project.

Gail Elber
Nov 4, 2003
Manufacturer Profile: Increte Systems, Inc.

Increte Systems is a one stop shop for decorative concrete supplies push education on its customers.After 39 years in business it's still; quality products, quality education, quality support that equate to quality installations every time.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
A Metallic Epoxy Concrete Floor in a Michigan Art Gallery

Metallic Epoxy Concrete Floor

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Faux Finished Illusions on Concrete

Faux finished concrete creates an illusion of multiple dimensionsBob Harris is probably best known as founder and president of the Decorative Concrete Institute. But one of his side passions is faux finishing.

May 14, 2007
Build the Perfect Pool Deck Part 2 of 3: Coping

Walking into the deep end on a pool frame

Jason Geiser
Faux Rock Features Roll Out Exciting New Opportunities for Concrete

Custom faux rock water feature takes this pool scene to the next level.Synthetic rock is commonplace at theme parks, zoos, aquariums, museums, resorts, hotels and many other places — and there’s a growing demand for residential applications.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Aug 15, 2001
The Family Roots of GLC3 Concrete

George Lacker (right) owner of GLC3 Concrete and Geoff Kemp, senior project manager.Education, imagination, and lots of experimentation have given George Lacker the right to say he makes some Great Looking Concrete.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Feb 5, 2005
A Folded Concrete Exterior Mimics Textiles on this Munich Fabric House

Concrete facade on Munich TextilmacherSituated in an industrial zone on Munich, Germany’s north side, an eye-catching building hosts production, showroom and office spaces for textile print and embroidery. Known as The Textilmacher, this three-story building has a precast concrete facade reminiscent of creased fabric.

Vanessa Salvia
May 15, 2015
Decorative Concrete Technique: How to Create Realistic Stone Effect with Concrete Stain

Pool deck made of concrete that more than one color is used on to create a natural lookWhen stamping, California contractor Lee Levig likes to use more than one color as the base color, usually different shades of the same color.

Dec 4, 2001
Diamond Engraving Pin for Concrete that fits a Dremel

Diamond engraving bit for concrete that fits a Dremel toolThe concrete engraving pin by Star Diamond is a solid (not coated) diamond segment ¼” in diameter by 1” long diamond router on an 1/8” shank.

Feb 2, 2001
Water Repellent Concrete Sealer & Stain

Enliven Exterior concrete with brilliant color and lasting protection.Enliven exterior concrete with brilliant color and lasting protection with Acryl Pen, a premier stain and sealer for broom-finished or textured concrete.

Jun 1, 2001
Palm-roofed outdoor living space & concrete kitchen Los Cabos.

As for Hileman’s original vision of using actual coco logs in construction, remember “termites” and realize it is nice to fool Mother Nature — and human guests — in the name of maintenance.

Liz Schick
Sep 4, 2012
Toucan Ridge in the Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

In August 2010, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy in Winnipeg contacted Randall Klassen, owner of the design/build firm, to get a quote for the demolition and removal of the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Tropical House. The house, which opened in 1968, had fallen into disrepair. The conservancy wanted to replace it with a rocky tropical oasis for animals, birds and plants native to South and Central America’s rain forests.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 9, 2011
Four Ways to Grow Your Decorative Concrete Business While Staying Solvent

concrete business financial aspects

David Stephenson
2008 Concrete Restoration Contest

We announce the winners in Exterior and Interior categories.

Dec 18, 2008
Fabulous Formations: Eight Tips for Installing Rock-and-Water Features with Precast Pieces

Custom rock features and hardscapes built from glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) are high-end features added to landscapes at luxury homes or commercial developments.

Apr 9, 2011
Defending Against Stains and Scratches with Concrete Countertop Sealers

Think about what happens to a kitchen counter every day. People splash acids on it. They spill things that stain it. They chop and slice on it. They set hot pots and dishes down on it. And they clean and clean and clean it with water and chemicals and green scrub-pads

Amy Johnson
May 1, 2010