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White Concrete Pavilion Complements Mexican Museum

White concrete Pavilion Complements a Mexican MansionA brilliant white concrete pavilion sits proudly on the grounds of a popular tourist destination in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. The pavilion frames three sides of a paved courtyard at La Quinta Montes Molina — a historic early-20th century mansion in Merida that now serves as a museum and venue for social events in the garden.

Construction Firm Creates A Tranquil Backyard With Full Outdoor Kitchen

In Los Angeles, and in particular the Beverly Hills area of the city, there are many OMG backyards. This one, though, created by Scott Cohen’s company, Green Scene Landscaping & Swimming Pools, was over-the-top enough to have been featured last summer on the television show “OMG Backyards” on ReelzChannel. Cohen worked with the Zahabian family to create a tranquil backyard fit for entertaining with a full outdoor kitchen, while also carving out space for a basketball court for their children.

Rich Redwood Colored Concrete Stain Bring Health Village to Life

The stainers tried to make each wall look like a unique set of panels. Muse Concrete Contractors Inc. of Redding, Calif., did its part to create the illusion by developing tilt-up wall forms that replicated the rough, uneven sides of the old huts.Is it redwood or is it concrete? A Sacramento contractor creates a Native American health center with reactive-stained walls

A Concrete Hardscape Project At Greenwood Park Mall
Nolan King, King Architectural Concrete and Construction LLC

stamped concrete snake walkway

Rocking Out: Using Surface Retarders on Vertical Concrete

Exposed aggregate finishes are in demand on concrete walls. How do you get that rock to pop? One way is to use a surface retarder.

Nobody should have ugly concrete -Colin Hiday

Colin's interest in decorative started with exposed pea gravel, curved joints and other classic decorative elements, then grew to include new-school tricks like stamping and staining.Even on the thumb tip of northwest Washington state, decorative concrete is making its mark, thanks to this father-son outfit.

Final Pour: A Coinproof Fountain
Carved Concrete Animal Kingdom

Eagle sculpture formed from concreteWith initial experience as a concrete contractor, ironworker and plasterer, an artistic streak found ready expression using skills that were learned in the trades.

Thin-Shell Concrete Structures

There is more than one way to create a concrete home — and the thin-shell method produces dwellings of unparalleled beauty. 

Awesome Pool Side Concrete Hardscape

Award winning pool hardscape featuring stamped concrete patio, crystal clear swimming pool, custom concrete fire pit, and one of a kind retaining walls.East Coast met West Coast and “old school” joined up with state-of-the-art hardscape concrete work at an award-winning residential project in Andover, Mass. The three-level backyard spread, including patio, pool, fire pit and surrounding walls, earned project owner New England Hardscapes, of Acton, Mass., an ASCC design award.

Planning Your First Hardscape?

 Nailing this balance project after project takes great effort, but the reward is far more than monetary. Concrete hardscapes last decades, and so do the reputation of the concrete artisans who successfully pave their way into decorative history. Nailing this balance project after project takes great effort, but the reward is far more than monetary. Concrete hardscapes last decades, and so do the reputation of the concrete artisans who successfully pave their way into decorative history.

Using Stencils on Outdoor Vertical Surfaces

Whether you're working on a decorative wall in a backyard or the exterior walls of a 15-story building, consider stencils for vertical surfaces.Whether you're working on a decorative wall in a backyard or the exterior walls of a 15-story building, consider stencils for vertical surfaces.

Decorative Drain Covers Enhance Surrounding Concrete

decorative drain grate in concrete beautifies an area that is usually overlooked.Let’s say you’re part of a design and construction team that has settled on a stunning look for a high-profile exterior concrete project — the entry to a corporate office, a monument to fallen heroes or maybe a creatively upgraded pedestrian walkway for a downtown shopping district.

Concrete Finisher Takes Over Family Business After Apprenticeship

dual-tone stained concrete floor

Monterey Hillside Bay-Colored Swimming Pool

Swimming pool by Tom Ralston overlooking the Monterey Bay.Imagine this: You own an estate in the California hills overlooking Monterey Bay. You are a lover of art and natural beauty. You want a swimming pool complex with a large concrete deck and pool house. You want it to accentuate the surrounding landscape and incorporate the feel of the bay, but you’re not sure how you want to achieve that. Who do you call?

Carved Walls at Hard Rock Developments Inc. Calgary, Alberta, Canada

When Brian Graham opened Hard Rock Developments Inc. in Calgary in 2000, he wanted the concrete tool and supply shop to be different from your standard concrete store. “My Dad was a concrete contractor, so when I was growing up, I went with him to concrete supply stores pretty often,” he says. “They always had a similar kind of look and feel — dusty, cluttered, not really appealing to anyone, including a concrete contractor.”

Art project is concrete symbol of new beginnings

Ocean of Life
Art project is concrete symbol of new beginnings

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.

World's Deepest Thermal Swimming Pool Is Lined With Faux Rocks

scuba diver in worlds deepest pool

Geo-illusions: Synthetic Rock Features

GFRC rock made from panels that were molded from natural stone.Glass-fiber reinforced concrete and other materials can be molded to make rock structures so natural-looking, even Mother Nature will be fooled.

From Standard to Challenging: Custom pervious mix elevates project's difficulty

When taking on pervious paving contracts, the San Diego-based contractor’s mix design is typically accepted by clients following mock-up, as custom blends can significantly increase a project’s difficulty. Yet, there are always exceptions, with the most recent being the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

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.

Vertical Concrete Overlays: Decorative and Durable

Vertical concrete overlays - Designs are unlimited. By stamping or carving, contractors can create geometric patterns, complicated forest scenes and even faux dinosaur fossils. A huge range of colors is available using integrals or acid stains.Owners of commercial and retail establishments are discovering the benefits of beautiful, easy-to-clean concrete walls.

Concrete artist takes her work online
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