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Vol. 18 No. 2 - February/March 2018

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.

By K. Schipper
March 28, 2018
Colors Come in Warm and Cool Hues

Black is not just black. When used full strength, it's a warm black. When diluted, it becomes a cooler brown. Think about that for a second.Talking to a client about color choices can be difficult. Many times, clients say they want brown, which is about the vaguest statement a client can make. In the last article, we focused on asking if they wanted it to be light or dark. This time we want to know if they want a warm or a cool brown. Warm and cool attributes are very much like lights and darks.

By Rick Lobdell
March 16, 2018
Surface Preparation is the Critical First Step for All Concrete Jobs

Proper surface preparation is essential when applying coatings or overlays on concrete surfaces.There is no shortage of information, or opinion, when it comes to surface preparation for applying coatings or overlays. Read any technical data sheet for a topping or coating and it’s almost always the first thing discussed. Words like critical, must, essential and required are often found in the guidelines dealing with surface preparation.

By Chris Sullivan
March 23, 2018
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.

By K. Schipper
March 17, 2018
When it Comes to Concrete, Stains Can Be a Good Thing

Stained concrete is a simple yet decorative upgrade for many concrete surfaces. As a decorative concrete contractor, it's beneficial to be well-versed in concrete staining. Although it may seem simple, there are a few factors you should keep in mind to help ensure your success: finish, location and desired aesthetic.Stained concrete is a simple yet decorative upgrade for many concrete surfaces. As a decorative concrete contractor, it’s beneficial to be well-versed in concrete staining. Although it may seem simple, there are a few factors you should keep in mind to help ensure your success: finish, location and desired aesthetic.

By Karen Keyes
March 29, 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.

By Joe Maty
March 13, 2018
Solid Branding: Tips on Video and Content

Context, in other words, is engagement. It's scaling interactions and associations with your company or product to a point where trust is developed with your brand. Decorative concrete can be complicated, and there is a lot that goes into a successful installation. But at each project’s finale, you move onto the next job where you’ll save the day for another customer.

By Brandon Farmer
March 21, 2018
Strong Relationships Within Concrete Industry are Key to Successful Ventures

Strong Relationships Within Concrete Industry are Key to Successful Ventures We live in a time where so much of our business, for better or worse, is conducted electronically. On the positive side of the ledger is the fact that information can be searched and retrieved at the speed of a simple mouse click.

By Greg Iannone
March 17, 2018
ASCC's Decorative Concrete Council Names 2018 Award Winners

Based on plant morphology, the mosaic patterns were designed by ABG's Landscape Design and Planning Manager. T.B. Penick helped translate the conceptual sketches into full construction documents, including stone color, size, arrangement and installation methodology.The Decorative Concrete Council, a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, announced the winners of its 10th annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition. The winners were recognized at a ceremony Jan. 24 at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas.

Editors
March 26, 2018
Mall of Concrete Visitors Enjoy Shopping Spree at Decorative Concrete LIVE!

Decorative Concrete LIVE! presented the Mall of Concrete at World of Concrete 2018 to display concrete's versatile uses in retails settingsDecorative Concrete LIVE! presented the Mall of Concrete at World of Concrete 2018 to display concrete’s versatile uses in retails settings

Editors
March 13, 2018
Publisher's Letter - February/March 2018

Letter from the Publisher Feb/March 2018 Concrete Decor magazine.If you’re like me, the Weather App is getting a lot of attention as these dreary winter days continue. And darn if it isn’t snowing outside — AGAIN! The bright side is at least the days are getting longer.

By Bent Mikkelsen
March 13, 2018
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