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Concrete That Slithers
Bidding, Pouring and Finishing at a Northwest University

Beach House Floor with Seaweed Patterns, Monterey Bay, Calif.
Ultimate Entertaining Backyard Has Cast-Concrete Features

beautiful outdoor pool with view of mountains“Graceful Curves.” That’s what Scott Cohen and his team at Green Scene Landscaping and Swimming Pools call a recent backyard masterpiece in Malibu, California. Cohen describes it as the ultimate entertaining backyard that has everything and then some — including a pool that makes you feel like you’re in a giant lake.

Creating the Look of Stones on a Residential Pool Deck

Faux stones around a pool deck - Concrete Decor Magazine

How to Learn the Basics of Stamping Concrete

A concrete construction worker apply concrete stamping mats and using a concrete tamper to make sure the stamp impression is perfect.Want to get in on the action of stamping concrete? Here’s what you need to know to get started.

Contractor Creates Eye-Catching Floors With Glow Aggregate

lizard print on grey concrete floorWhat started out as a once-in-a-lifetime hunting adventure turned into a friendship and a trophy-worthy job where contractor Matt Villella, owner of Sierra Concrete Arts in Saint Paul, Minnesota, bagged one of his most memorable projects to date.

Meeting the Demand for Crack Control in Stamped Concrete

Crack control in stamped concrete

Consistent Concrete Yields Superior Stamping

Understand Concrete Mix and Placement

Concrete Artisan Reflects on Series Focused On Design Elements

concrete countertop top with textured back wallThis represents the last column in my design-focused series, “The Elements of Style for Contractors.” Before I bid you all good-bye, I’ll summarize the main points. Concrete Decor posts complete archives of past issues, so you can check out the topics of the previous 10 articles. The series kicked off in January 2015 when I described the five composition ‘tools’ concrete artisans should have in their tool kits — Line, Shape, Value, Color and Texture.

Design Ideas: Churches

Many of history’s most beautiful works of art were created for places of worship. These days, decorative concrete is doing its part to beautify churches across the country.

Concrete Walkway and Columbariums Transform Garden

Decorative Concrete Columbariums

Bomanite's Culture of Invention With Concrete

decorative concrete company, Bomanite

Timberlake Condominiums Pool Deck, Modesto, Calif.

Condo owners in a gated community dreaded getting their pool up to snuff. Decorative concrete contractor Julio Hallack showed them they had nothing to worry about.

Annual Decorative Concrete Competition Lauds Projects Based on Skill and Creativity

Stamping Concrete in Hot Weather

Hot sun can affect your stamping projectStamping concrete in hot weather requires advanced planning and close attention. Here, industry pro George Lee shares his secrets for a successful outcome.

Product Focus: Cracked Mud Seamless Skin from Brickform
A Concrete Tree Celebrates the Branches of a Family-Owned Business

Steven Ochs Smith Paints concrete tree

Final Pour: Bob Harris at the Children's Museum
Weather Affects Set Time of Stamped Concrete Overlays

A formerly drab concrete driveway comes alive with an Italian slate pattern.When working with stamped concrete overlays, experts caution you to keep your eye on weather and temperature conditions

Trowel & Error: Maintaining Sealed Stamped Concrete
How Do Concrete Stamping Contractors Handle Maintenance

Sealing a stamped concrete slab with an O logo from Ohio State acrylic stained in red.Throughout my years as a contractor, we made it mandatory at the end of each project to send a care sheet with the final bill and receipt. In this care sheet we included the following information on formal letterhead:

Installing Fiber Optic Lighting in Stamped Concrete

Fiber optic light glows in this outdoor living space with carved concrete fireplace and a stamped concrete patio.The job’s biggest challenge was figuring out a way to texture the surface without burying or breaking the fibers, Denny says. “The customer was intent on having stamped concrete, so not stamping wasn’t an option.”

Rainbow MagicLand, Valmontone, Italy
Philadelphia Polished Concrete

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