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U.S. Manufacturer Contributes to Sustainable Construction of MGM National Harbor

A showcase for sustainability, it features 1 million square feet of gaming, lodging, entertaining, dining, retail and parking space.One of the latest additions to the MGM Resorts International portfolio is the new landmark MGM National Harbor which sits on the eastern shore of the Potomac River, just south of Washington, D.C. A showcase for sustainability, it features 1 million square feet of gaming, lodging, entertaining, dining, retail and parking space. 

November 29, 2016
Remodel of Auditorium Calls for Polished Concrete

The Decorative Surface Solution Group (DSSG) members and suppliers collaborated to rejuvenate the flooring in the iconic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California with polished concrete.The Decorative Surface Solution Group (DSSG) members and suppliers collaborated to rejuvenate the flooring in the iconic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California.  

October 18, 2016
Hospital Solves Water Issues with Concrete Waterproofing Products

The plan of the addition at this hospital.Challenges arose at the Hawkesbury District & General Hospital when additions were planned. Below ground level was a substrate composed of solid rock with gravel on top. That meant there was no place for accumulated ground water to go, except maybe to seep through the concrete into the building and damage everything that got in its way.

October 4, 2016
Durable Concrete Control Joints Fill The Need For Fast Turnaround

Applying the sealant with a hand roller while people look on.With quick return to service, ability to withstand years of foot, cart or forklift traffic, polyurea meets the requirements of many industries. From warehouses and retail showcases to grocery stores and more, polyurea is outperforming traditional epoxy, silicone, and polyurethane materials to fill and seal concrete slab control joints.

August 23, 2016
Stencil Line Targets Concrete Applications

Melanie Royals applied NewLook stain on her stencil that was laid out on concrete.Melanie Royals started out working on her own techniques and designs as an answer to problems she perceived in the stenciling industry. In 2003, Royals introduced Modello designs to the decorative painting industry, a fresh concept she called “the art of decorative masking.” This line of stencils, called Modellos, differed from Mylar stencils in that they are one-time use adhesive-backed vinyl patterns.

August 8, 2016
New Green Space Trumps Upcoming Political Debate

The 10-acre Cleveland Public Square was expanded and modernized to incorporate vast green space and unique concrete designs.The newly overhauled project took a decade of planning and is a destination that is exceptionally walkable and livable. Designed by landscape architects at James Corner Field Operations, this sleek and modern project includes more than 2 million pounds of custom precast concrete from Tectura Designs.

July 19, 2016
Saving a Large Pool Deck From Mold

The center includes two indoor pools, a 6,500-square-foot pool deck and the fast-spreading stain of pool deck mold.Specialists in building protection consulting, including concrete restoration work were called to help with The Faucett Brothers Activity Center was a newly opened 60,000-square-foot multi-purpose facility. The center includes two indoor pools, a 6,500-square-foot pool deck and the fast-spreading stain of pool deck mold.

July 7, 2016
Indianapolis Microbrewery Embraces Concrete Coatings

A sun king emblem on a concrete floor.A new case study from Dur-A-Flex touts the usefulness of its Poly-Crete cementitious urethane system in the beverage industry. The coating system stands up to beer spills, forklifts, dropped kegs, and all the other trauma that comes with the brewing territory.

June 29, 2016
New Concrete Jewelry Line Features Diamonds in the Dust

Concrete and metal bracelets.Inspired from architecture and sculptures, Karen Konzuk has a modern-day approach to her designs. Though initially her main focus was sculpture, Konzuk accidentally took a jewelry course at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and loved it.

June 23, 2016
Historic Middle School Installs Polished Concrete to Restore Image

Middle school hallway lined with lockers and polished concrete floors.“As functional as it is beautiful,” was how Dr. Robert Feirsen, superintendent of Garden City, New York, schools, described the polished concrete used in the new addition and renovation of the city’s middle school.

June 8, 2016
Stenciled Logo for Fort Meade

Ft Meade stencil logoBart Sacco of Kingdom Products and Rachel Knigge, a stencil artist with FloorMaps Inc., collaborated to produce a logo on a floor at a new Army/Air Force main exchange at Fort George G. Meade in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

May 20, 2016
Top Notch Fire Station Gets Concrete Facility Upgrade

Integral to the 16-month make-over were principal contractor Artel constructions, Ispecs and award-winning flooring and wall specialist Honestone, in conjunction with Ardex Australia.Many superstitions remain unexplained.

But when it comes to the banging and clanging during the night, it appears a ghost dubbed Harry at the Pyrmont Fire Station has become legendary.

Until now.

May 20, 2016
Standing Out on the Vegas Strip

Gelcoat application on a reflection pool in Las Vegas New York New York Casino A new breed of seamless, spray-on, waterproof, protective coatings.

April 29, 2016
Fiber-reinforced Bowling Ball Competition 2016 Winners

winners of the fiber-reinforced bowling ball competitionThe American Concrete Institute (ACI) announced the winners of its 2016 Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Bowling Ball Competition. The competition took place at The Concrete Convention and Exposition in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in April 2016. The first, second and third place teams received cash awards of $750, $500 and $250, respectively.

April 19, 2016
Large Polymer Floor Installation at Fogle Aviation Hangar

The floor installation also features the Fogle Aviation logo inside the entrance of the hangar. This was accomplished using a custom decal stencil 25 feet wide by 7 feet tallFlowcrete Americas and STAR applicator partner DLS Floors have successfully completed a large polymer floor installation at a private aircraft hangar in Sugarland, Texas. 

March 16, 2016
Concrete Stencil Installed in Large Theme Park

stenciled logo on the concrete in front of a roller coasterIt wouldn’t do for a roller coaster with a name like the Bourbon Street Fireball to have anything less than a hot logo. Alexander Darmstaedter, an experienced designer formerly with Ameripolish, recently stenciled a logo for the ride in Bowie, Maryland.

March 1, 2016
A Modern-minded Design Studio Creates Concrete Cuff Links

concrete cufflinks Material Immaterial studio, the same studio that brought a collection of small concrete objects called Spaces, have now created micro-concrete objects they are calling Elements. 

January 19, 2016
Concrete Reconstruction in High-End European Museums

The Teatrino of Palazzo GrassiSome of Europe’s most demanding and beautiful concrete creations or reconstruction is done by Treviso, Italy’s Ideal Work, a company that was founded in 1996. Its product, Nuvolato, was recently used as a flooring in two Venetian museums: The Teatrino of Palazzo Grassi and Murano Glass Museum.

December 10, 2015
White Concrete Floor Highlighted at Flagship Salon

white concrete in flagship salon in Hong KongWhen the international salon brand Jean Louis David (JLD) designed its flagship Hong Kong store, it was imperative that the chosen floor meet the iconic hairdresser’s high standards for quality, appearance and cleanliness. Flowcrete's white concrete floor met these requirements beautifully.

December 1, 2015
University Facility Gets High Marks Thanks to Innovative Flooring Solution

Urbanest is student accommodation with a difference, where everything is top of the class; is distinctive, interactive and extremely functional. The renowned student hub was founded in 2008 and has expanded to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.Urbanest is student accommodation with a difference, where everything is top of the class; is distinctive, interactive and extremely functional. The renowned student hub was founded in 2008 and has expanded to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

November 9, 2015
Cast, Broken-Edge Table Adds Casual-Cool Vibe to Beach House

Broken-edge coffee table shows cool vibe.Scott Cohen’s company, The Green Scene Landscaping and Pools, is a premier outdoor living construction firm in the Los Angeles area, specializing in resort-style swimming pools and spas, fireplaces, fire pits and outdoor kitchens.

November 3, 2015
Art Project is Concrete Symbol of New Beginnings

bas-relief mermaidEllie Ellis of Elite Artistry LLC in Happy Valley, Oregon, and Eva Gallant of Y-Knot Creations LLC in Hurst, Texas, share a bond stronger than the one-ton concrete art piece they produced together in Indianapolis at the Concrete Decor Show.

October 20, 2015
Flowcrete's Robust and Decorative Anti-static Epoxy Resin Floor Finish

Green anti-static epoxy floor in manufacturing plant.Flowcrete Asia recently collaborated with Toshiba Medical Systems to provide a specialist conductive floor finish for its new diagnostic imaging systems manufacturing base in Penang, Malaysia.

September 14, 2015
Miracote Ensures Successful Rehabilitation of Parking Garage

Repairing a parking garage from failing concreteMiracote got involved in a large rehabilitation project in the Broadway Lofts Parking Garage project in San Antonio, Texas, after 240,000+ square feet of concrete on all five levels of a newly constructed parking garage failed immediately after it was built in 2012.

August 24, 2015
Slab Formwork Helps Construct New Swiss University

Large scale concrete projectMeva is a family owned manufacturer of formwork located in Southwest Germany. A new central university campus with three faculties is being built in Delémont, Switzerland, using Meva formwork.  The campus complex is 656 feet (200 meters) long and comprises four offset blocks with four levels each, plus an underground car park and a 9-story tower on the south side.

July 29, 2015
A Metallic Polyurea Floor for The Vanilla Ice Project Turns Out Beautifully

Polyurea coating in a garage for a television show by Vanilla IceWhen Vanilla Ice calls, flooring contractors answer. In 2009, Rob Van Winkle, the rapper best known for the hit “Ice Ice Baby,” started hosting a television show called “The Vanilla Ice Project,” featuring home improvements.

July 27, 2015
2015 Concrete Canoe Competition winners

University of Florida's winning concrete canoeUniversity of Florida earned “America’s Cup of Civil Engineering” in June 2015 at the 28th annual American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC). After three days of competition against 21 other teams, the University of Florida team and its canoe, ForeverGlades, came out on top.

July 10, 2015
Concrete 'Spaces' by Material Immaterial Studio Celebrate Inspiration

Miniature concrete home provides inspirationMaterial Immaterial studio are a team of product designers who have recently worked with concrete. They created a group of objects they call 'Spaces.' The Spaces are a collection of nine unique concrete pieces measuring 2.44 inches by 2.44 inches by 2 inches  that are designed to celebrate the "amalgamation of space and volume."

July 8, 2015
Contemporary Artist Turns to Concrete

Nicolas Lobo Leisure PitFor those who don’t work with concrete on a daily basis, there’s an impression of it being either an ancient medium, as in the Pantheon and other Roman ruins made out of concrete or a modern industrial building material that gets covered up somehow.

May 14, 2015
Historic Church's Stunning Architecture Renewed with Concrete

concrete makeover in a churchAn Australian company that specializes in polished concrete and seamless flooring and wall solutions, Honestone, recently completed restoration to give the church new life. The church, which has been affectionally called “Barneys,” enjoyed flooring, a renewed altar area, stairs and a stunning curved wall by Honestone.

April 1, 2015
Seamless Floors for Award-winning California Brewery

Stonhard's product used on brewery floor in CaliforniaIn 1996, brothers Ron and Rick Chapman made their long-time dream a reality by opening up a brew pub in Coronado, California. Soon after moving into a new facility they began to face challenges common to breweries with sealed concrete floors: cracking and degradation from wide temperature swings and chemical onslaughts.

March 6, 2015
Outdoor Patio Complete With Stained Hummingbird, Flower and Vine Design

Outdoor patio with hummingbird stained and engraved on it.Rick Lobdell of Concrete Mystique Engraving in Nashville, Tennessee, is an artist, not a decorative concrete contractor. Still, in his career he has become known as a guy who can take concrete and turn it into an artistic canvas. He did just that for the Perkins home in Franklin, Tennessee.

March 2, 2015
Buddy Rhodes's Sculptable Concrete Mix Yields Beautiful Results

Vanity base made with Buddy Rhodes productsOur friends at Buddy Rhodes shared this project on their Facebook page and we were so enamored with it and the other projects that this lady has done that we wanted to share it further.

February 26, 2015
Brandon Gore Asked to Judge Furniture Competition Show on Spike TV

Concrete artisan Brandon Gore pouring concrete into formsConcrete artisan Brandon Gore of Gore Design Co., Hard Goods and Concrete Design School was tapped to be a judge on a new competition reality show on Spike TV. Framework is the first competition show based around the challenge of furniture design and construction.

January 6, 2015
Vinegar Facility Requires Durable, Resistant Concrete Floor

Coating on the floor at a vinegar facilityA vinegar-producing company needed a heat- and chemical-resistant floor for their busy production facility. TNT Resurfacing partnered with Azevedo Concrete to install Westcoat’s premier urethane cement system,Temper-Crete, throughout the 1,450-square-foot processing area.

December 29, 2014
Auctioning Concrete Furniture to Support Sick Children Through Art

Concrete bench for auctionWe wrote about the plans by Buddy Rhodes Concrete Products to support an organization called Arts for Life with an auction. The intent was to support an organization that provides an artistic, creative outlet to children and their families who are coping with life-threatening illnesses.

December 10, 2014
Marketing Interview with Fu-Tung Cheng

Fu Tung Cheng against a concrete wallA marketing professional discovered the genius of Fu-Tung Cheng after he decided to renovate his home with concrete countertops.

November 12, 2014
Super-Krete's President Honored by Forbes as Concrete Entrepreneur

Super-Krete Tracey LackovichOn Oct. 30, Forbes published an excellent profile of Tracey Lackovich, President of Super-Krete International Inc. When Lackovich was building her company, she was also an NFL cheerleader for the San Diego Chargers.

November 5, 2014
Polished Concrete Education Coupled with Reality TV

Polished concrete is a lot more than just a shiny floor. Floors that are burnished to a high gloss are considered polished, but of course a lot of work, skill and technique goes into achieving that look.Polished concrete is a lot more than just a shiny floor. Floors that are burnished to a high gloss are considered polished, but of course a lot of work, skill and technique goes into achieving that look.

November 3, 2014
Concrete Walkway for a State Trooper's Widow

Concrete walkway in front of slain state troopers homeCorporal Byron Dickson visited Bart Sacco’s workplace at Kingdom Products in Throop, Pennsylvania, a week before he was killed in an ambush shooting by Eric Frein, asking Sacco for a few tips on what would be involved with replacing the sidewalks in front of his home.

October 30, 2014
Concrete Dreamcatcher Takes Place of Honor in Marble Falls, Texas

Concrete dreamcatcher in placeWe met William David Reynolds at the 2014 Concrete Decor Show. He was helping Cory Hanneman from Element 7 Concrete with his entry into the Brawl in the Fall competition. Cory told us to find William David because he was working on some really interesting projects, so we went looking for him.

October 16, 2014
Concrete Polished Floor for Nike Retail Store in Puerto Rico

Polished concrete floor in a Nike retail store in Puerto RicoPolishing concrete on a tropical island may sound like a dream job, but there are some challenges to working in this environment. Brian Chafins is a project foreman at Preferred Global, where he maintains production levels on flooring projects and manages job installs.

September 11, 2014
Buddy Rhodes Uses Creative Concrete to Inspire Courage

Good Morning Sunshine by Aviya, age 13 a patient who is participating in Art for LifeThinking about cancer or another serious illness can leave people with a feeling of helplessness. There's just not much that the average person can do about serious illnesses. We're not researchers and we don't have tons of money to donate. So what else can we do? Buddy Rhodes Concrete Products has found a way to help by teaming up with an organization called Arts for Life.

August 11, 2014
Decorative Concrete Blooms in Children's Garden

Concrete garden outside library in WisconsinJ.C. Santy Construction, Pulaski, Wisconsin, uses metallic and mica powders from Crescent Bronze Powder Co. to bring brilliant color to decorative concrete. One prime example is The Children's Garden created by artisan and owner Brad Santy for the Brown County Public Library in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

August 6, 2014
Residential Concrete Project Mimics River Water and Starlight

bright blue colored concrete that mimics a river with brown banksMark Womack of Monster Constructors in Fort Worth, Texas, inadvertently became something of an expert when two back-to-back clients asked him for concrete work that included fiber optic lights.

August 4, 2014
2014 ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition

Katana Concrete canoeThe 27th annual National Concrete Canoe Competition was held June 19 - 21. 2014 at the University of Pittsburg Johnstown. The National Concrete Canoe Competition is a project which allows civil engineering students an opportunity to get practical, hands-on experience in concrete design.

July 31, 2014
Thai Summit America Polishes Over 1 Million Square Feet of Concrete

polished concrete floors in a large sheet metal stamping plantThai Summit America Corp. is a multinational corporation with facilities in Asia and North America. The company has been a leader in the sheet metal stamping industry for the last 20 years. The company recently polished more than 1,000,000 square feet (yes, that’s more than 1 million square feet) in their Howell, Michigan, production plant.

July 24, 2014
Creativity Abounds in Friendly Concrete Competition

Concrete speaker amplification created with Buddy Rhodes mixA recent blog post on talked about wanting to make bigger, better objects. But because they strive to do the unexpected, they put forth a challenge to see what artists could do to make smaller objects instead.

July 23, 2014
Color Flake System Chosen for Large Auto Dealership Job in Peru

color flake system installed on floor in dealership in PeruThe project at a new Toyota dealership took 10 days in October 2013. Because this 40,000-square-foot area encompassed outdoor service bays, customer waiting area and indoor parts department, this was an area that customers would see but also an area where the cars and trucks would be worked on.

July 16, 2014
Art Professor Devises Original Arkansas Razorback Design on Concrete

Arkansas Razorback mascot on acid stained floorSteven Ochs, who holds a master's of fine art degree and is a professor of art and chair of the department of art and design at Southern Arkansas University, shared these photos of his latest project.

July 3, 2014
Furniture Maker Transforms Concrete Through Design and Technology

Fibonacci Coffee TableKnown for his fusion of innovative creations and cutting-edge work with concrete, Los Angeles designer James DeWulf is introducing his Campaign table. The table will be sold exclusively at all Mecox Garden emporiums.

July 2, 2014
Sticks + Stones Furniture Wins 2014 IIDA/HD Product Design Competition

Sticks + Stones Furniture Wins 2014 IIDA/HD Product Design CompetitionThe winner of the IIDA award for Best Product Design in the Outdoor Seating category was Sticks + Stones' newest signature piece, the Social Circle. The new Social Circle Firepit is a versatile and low-profile concrete piece that sits up to six people comfortably on beautiful western cedar and can be installed both indoors or out. 

July 1, 2014
Terrazzo Restoration Project at the Stockton Airport

Terrazzo Restoration Project at the Stockton AirportComplete replacement of the Terminal Building carpet was being considered, but a surprising discovery revealed that underneath the stained and worn carpet tiles laid a once gorgeous cement-based terrazzo floor.

June 26, 2014
Detroit-area Metropolitan Concrete Opens Decorative Concrete Showroom

Detroit-area Metropolitan Concrete Opens Decorative Concrete ShowroomMetropolitan Concrete, in the Detroit suburb of Sterling Heights, Michigan, recently completed their new decorative showroom. Leonard Bugli, president of Metropolitan Concrete, says that the new facility will showcase the many techniques that can be achieved with polyaspartics, metalic epoxies, dyes and stains.

June 12, 2014
Floor Remodel of Craig's Cruisers Family Fun center in Michigan

Frog on the floor of the retail space adds a playful element to the theme park.Ken Miedema, of Concrete Revival LLC, in Jenison, Michigan, was contracted to remodel the floorS at Craig Cruser's Grand Rapids location. He utilized V-8 High Performance Floors products by Xtreme Engineered Floor Systems to achieve several very unique applications and looks.

June 10, 2014
Foundation Armor Before and After of Stamped Concrete Floor

The after look has a glossy sheen that makes the different heights shine.A stamped concrete floor with a solvent-based acrylic that was applied one year ago.  The applicator wanted to see what the floor would look like with Armor Blush Repair and Armor AR350 sealer before doing the entire floor.

May 30, 2014
Kingdom Products Treats Longtime Employees to a Mexican Vacation

Kingdom Products Treats Longtime Employees to a Mexican VacationConcrete Texturing Tool & Supply recognized head of customer service Colleen Washington and warehouse manager Anthony Fontini for 10 years of employment by offering to buy Colleen, Anthony and their spouses an all-expense-paid vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

May 22, 2014
Custom Concrete Tile with Cracked Earth Pattern Debuts in London

Custom Concrete Tile with Cracked Earth Pattern Debuts in LondonHugo Bugg designed the Waterscape Garden, one of 16 show gardens for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, highlighting global water issues by mimicking nature’s way of slowing down water, set in an elegant environment.

May 20, 2014
Silica vs. Silica: What's the Difference as Far as Concrete and Health Are Concerned?

Crystalline silica (quartz) is the form of silica that OSHA is writing the new regulations to cover, it is a health hazard. It is not reactive with portland cement, meaning it does not cause ASR (alkali-silica reactivity) regardless of particle size.There is a huge difference between amorphous silica and crystalline silica as far as your health and your concrete is concerned.  The difference between the two is at the atomic level.

April 29, 2014
Hand-carved, Powder-colored French Floor in North Carolina

stamped and stained floor in North CarolinaCheryl and Ralph Burgess, of Mackintosh on the Lake, a development in Burlington, N.C., wanted a design in their sunroom. As you can see, they got a pretty spectacular one.

April 4, 2014
Dyes and Metallics Combined for Glowing Concrete Floor at Baby Accessories Store

metallic and concrete dyed floor in purples and greens in a baby accessories storeDon Pinger, Custom Concrete Solutions, West Hartford, Conn., used a unique combination of dyes and metallic epoxy to achieve a neat, radiant floor for this baby accessories shop.

April 2, 2014
Seal-Krete Partners with UpStream Art to Color and Protect Storm Drains

storm drain that has been used as an artist canvasUpStream Art, a project of the University Of Arkansas Division Of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service, has been using Seal-Krete products to protect murals on storm drains.  The murals are being used to communicate the function and importance of storm drains.

March 10, 2014
CSDA Releases Industry Standard and Best Practice Documents for Polished Concrete

csda headerIn response to requests by architects and engineers to resolve consistency issues associated with quality levels achieved by polished concrete surfaces, the Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association has released two technical documents — an industry standard and a Best Practice.

October 23, 2013
Use Two Colors of Metallic Powder for a Two-tone Coated Floor

Jon Kopp, Quality Epoxy LLC, Gilbert, Ariz., says his metallic epoxy floors are all two-color these days.Jon Kopp, Quality Epoxy LLC, Gilbert, Ariz., says his metallic epoxy floors are all two-color these days.

October 1, 2013
Color-crazy Concrete Floors at The Stain Store in Austin, Texas

Color-crazy Concrete Floors at The Stain Store in Austin, TexasAt The Stain Store's new location in north Austin, Texas, 600 square feet of flooring in the showroom and tool room was overlaid with Miracote MPC, scored with curved joints, then stained with Mirastain II alcohol-based stain, Butterfield Elements. Stain Store's own metallics were used in the tool room.

September 12, 2013
Ardex Showcases Product Lines in New California Facility

Ardex Showcases Product Lines in New California FacilityHigh-performance building products maker Ardex Americas (the North American wing of Germany-based Ardex Group) is slowly transforming each of its six North American locations into showcases of the manufacturer’s products.

August 27, 2013
Two Concrete Artisans Take Four Awards at 2013 ARDAs

Four decorative concrete projects were among the winners in the 2013 American Residential Design Awards, announced in July by the American Institute of Building Design.Four decorative concrete projects were among the winners in the 2013 American Residential Design Awards, announced in July by the American Institute of Building Design.

August 1, 2013
Concrete Waterproofing and Chip Finish Restore Outdoor Amphitheater

Concrete Waterproofing and Chip Finish Restore Outdoor AmphitheaterRachel Romanu, communications coordination at Mark Beamish Waterproofing, an Anaheim, Calif., specialty floor contractor, wrote us this vivid story about an amphitheater restoration job with a classy chip finish.

July 16, 2013
Second Graders Love Decorative Concrete

Second Graders Love Decorative ConcreteThe way to homeowners' hearts is through their kids. So why not market decorative concrete to second graders?

June 18, 2013
ASCC Volunteers Create Concrete Hardscape for Veterans

ASCC Volunteers Create Concrete Hardscape for VeteransVolunteers from the ASCC Decorative Concrete Council traveled to Hanson, Ky. to work on the hardscape of what is to become a therapeutic garden at the Ballard Western Kentucky Veterans Center. Three students from the Concrete Industry Management program at Middle Tennessee State University also  assisted on the project.

May 23, 2013
A Custom Concrete Bathroom in a Beautiful Blue

Troy Lemon, Cornerstone Decorative Concrete, Fennville, Mich., completed this bathroom in a Chicago home for Sam Averbuch, president of the Preval division of Chicago Aerosol.Troy Lemon, Cornerstone Decorative Concrete, Fennville, Mich., completed this bathroom in a Chicago home for Sam Averbuch, president of the Preval division of Chicago Aerosol.

May 21, 2013
Vertical Carving Spring Training at the Oregon Hobbit House

Carving vertical concrete at the West Coast Training Center in Oregon.Nathan Giffin's Vertical Artisans hosted its second weeklong teraining at its West Coast Training Center, an underground "hobbit house" in Lorane, Ore.

May 12, 2013
L. M. Scofield Presents Its 2013 Decorative Concrete Awards

A large yellow pansy with a purple center is stained onto concrete floor.L. M. Scofield is pleased to announce the winners of its Fifth Annual Decorative Concrete Awards contest. The contest is open to any contractor, architect or designer who uses or specifies Scofield Systems. Projects are judged on skill of installation, creativity, artistic expression, and integration with the overall design intent.

April 4, 2013
Using Etching Gel to Clean Up Spilled Acid Stain

A stained (by accident) concrete floor - will be cleaned with acid gel.Tamryn Doolan from Surface Gel Tek may have come up with a new use for her etching gel: neutralizing and cleaning up spilled acid stain on concrete.

She sent us a couple of before and after images along with the story.

February 18, 2013
Artistry in Decorative Concrete Demos at the 2013 World of Concrete

Layered blue, white and black slab with stencils and concrete stains.Images from the Artistry in Concrete demos at World of Concrete 2013. Many of these artisans also were many of the trainers at the 2013 Concrete Decor Show in Charlotte.

February 10, 2013
Concrete Countertop Edge Forms Get National Exposure on Television

Placing concrete in edge forms by Z-CounterformThe DIY Network is taking the lead in producing TV show episodes about decorative concrete.

January 31, 2013
Decorative Concrete Carving in Minus 25 Degrees

Gray carved concrete in cold weather.Decorative concrete craftsman and landscaper Randall Klassen cannot afford to let cold slow him down. He works in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Cold comes with the territory.

December 12, 2012
Penny-coated Floor Adds Flash to Georgia Home

Pennies coating an entire concrete floor.When we saw these photos, we asked artisan Jason Thorn what was up with all the pennies. He emailed back, ““Cool client! Let me get creatively stupid.”

December 10, 2012
Engraved Zodiac a Perfect Fit for Asian Restaurant in British Columbia

Engraved Zodiac calendar on a concrete floor that is stained and colored to depict the different signs.For those of us who remember how trendy the whole zodiac thing was in the 1970s, it’s fun to see it pop up now and again. Here’s an example, a stained and engraved zodiac pattern on concrete in a Chinese-style restaurant called Temptasian in Vernon, British Columbia.

November 25, 2012
Denver Charter School Students Learn Concrete Casting at Local Studio

A selection of a ton of items needed for training.A science teacher at the Denver Venture School, a charter high school in Denver, Colo., recently did just that. The class checked out the workshop of Concrete Revolution LLC, a company that fabricates countertops, furniture and accents of all kinds.

October 24, 2012
Z Counterform Contest Showcases Cast-in-place Countertop Styles

Outdoor countertop space that has been edged with z counterforms.Concrete Countertop Solutions, the company that markets the Z Counterform forms as part of a patented system for cast-in-pace concrete countertops, held a photo contest earlier this fall to showcase the work of their professional and DIY customers. The company awarded cash and store credit to five winners.

October 11, 2012
Classical Relief Sculpture Made From Overlays and Plaster

On exterior walls he uses white cement, silicon sand and lime, which add strength.These murals are the work of David Seils, an Asheville, N.C.-based designer, artist and relief sculptor. He applies an overlay to the walls to create these intricate, one-of-a-kind pieces.

September 25, 2012
A Sprawling Ocean Mural Graces an Australian Fish Market

Blue ocean color imitates the look of an ocean reef.Elite Crete Australia and decorative concrete artist Audra Lynch Nanay, of Audra Lynch & Cie, Chicago, have brought the ocean ashore in greater Melbourne. Their ocean-themed concrete mural sweeps across a restored footpath outside of Conway Fish Trading, in Footscray.

September 11, 2012
Contractors Get Ready to Transform the Underground Concrete House in Oregon

Inside the underground concrete house.As you can see from these "before" photos, the house is a unique concrete dome home with a lot of potential. It's normally covered with earth, and for most of its history, it served as a residence for ministers who served the church across the street.

September 3, 2012
A Front Yard Full of Concrete Terracing in Portland, Ore.

Terraced garden in Portland, Oregon.This house and its concrete terraces and walkways is at N.E. 69th and Sacramento in Portland, Ore. The concrete surfaces are done in a Davis Pewter style with sand-finished flatwork and acid-finished walls.

August 9, 2012
Portugal Housing Development Embraces Architectural Concrete Finishes

Modern and stylish home created with microtoppings in Portugal.Luca Seminati, managing director of Ideal Work srl, helped install the Italian company’s house-made microtopping on these stylish homes in Lisbon, Portugal.

August 1, 2012
A Decorative Concrete Startup Raises Money on Kickstarter

Cast concrete cameraThe Kickstarter capital-raising website is being used succesfully by forward-thinking musicians, filmmakers and artists and entrepreneurs of every stripe. Let's see if it can help a newbie decorative concrete artisan raise $6,500 by August 4 for a new casting studio.

July 18, 2012
Cheng Concrete's Circle of Distinction Winners named

 Using a form made of finish-grade plywood veneered with high gloss laminate, Carpenter decided on the cast-in-place method to develop a sense of visual movement by playing with and creating varied color striations in the monolithic piece.Fu-Tung Cheng announced the winners of Cheng Concrete’s 2012 Circle of Distinction Design Challenge honoring design and craftsmanship in decorative concrete. The Design Challenge featured nine entry categories.

June 26, 2012
Rock Tapestries in Mexico Feature Precast Concrete Pebbles

Rocks laid out in a pattern that has geometric design.These beautiful mosaics were made with precast concrete pebbles as well as beach rocks. They’re the work of Jay Manning and Concreations Inc., Bigfoot, Mont.  

June 17, 2012
Concrete Contractors Donate Time, Labor and Materials to Improve Paradise

Contractors working on a space pro bono.Decorative concrete makeovers make ideal pro bono projects. A recent press release from Concrete Coatings Inc. describes a perfect example, in which contractors donated time, labor and materials to improve a northern Utah retreat camp for kids facing challenging circumstances.

June 3, 2012
Concrete Artisan Builds Fairy Tale Concrete Bridge with Embedded Precious Stones

A bridge was created over this body of water using concrete techniques.Flying Turtle Cast Concrete, Modesto, Calif., built this 10,000-pound all-concrete bridge at a homeowner's estate in Woodbridge, Calif. Looks like something out of a fairy tale, doesn't it?

May 30, 2012
Stone-textured Overlay Transforms Maine Ski Resort

Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Resort Hotel in Carrabasset Valley, Maine.Michael Day of Day's Concrete Floors Inc., North Monmouth, Maine, was hired in 2011 to do some serious makeover work at the Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Resort Hotel in Carrabasset Valley, Maine.

May 10, 2012
The Time Has Come for This Colorful Concrete Aztec Calendar

That intriguing disk is an Aztec calendar colored with SS products. That intriguing disk is an Aztec calendar colored with SS products. Coyne Edmison, general manager of The Stamp Store, a retailer affiliated with SS, sent us the rest of the story.

April 29, 2012
Molding an Ergonomic Concrete Chair in 24 Hours

An ergonomic chair sits outside among the grass and falling tree leaves.Chris Rousseau, manager of Hotwire Direct, shared with us his experience making a nicely molded concrete chair with the help of one of his company’s performance CNC foam-cutting machines. He measured different parts of his body to dial in the chair’s measurements and banged it out in just about 24 hours.

April 16, 2012
Arizona-based Artist Offers Colorful Concrete Clocks

Concrete clocks that have decorative elements included.If you’re looking to outfit your house from top to bottom in concrete — floors, walls, kitchen and/or furniture — what better way to top it off than with a concrete clock?

April 15, 2012
Concrete Waterscape Dominated by 40-foot Waterfall

Large waterfall falling over carved rocks that cascades into a pool below.CTS Cement Manufacturing Corp. sent us a story about an enormous waterscape at Cypress Breeze Plantation, a private gated development in north Florida. The job was done by Muud Concrete Design (Multiple Use Unlimited Design), a Los Angeles outfit formed by artisans Adrian Gascon and Neil Hughes. 

April 2, 2012
Stylish Concrete Block Bench Demonstrates the Value of Workshops

Two concrete benches sit on the patio outside Say Si.Justin Burd, owner of Tribe One Customs, Oak Hill, W.Va., created this stylish concrete bench for the SAY Si youth arts center in San Antonio as part of a workshop at the 2012 Concrete Decor Show.

March 25, 2012
Yes, That's a Dog with a Trowel

A dog with a trowel.Dave Pettigrew, of Diamond D Concrete, Capitola, Calif., sent out an email blast this morning with this photo, but no explanation. We thought you needed opposable thumbs to work a trowel but Dave would know better than us. Also, obligatory pun about "ruff-texture finish."

March 13, 2012
Decorative Concrete Bigwigs Don the Pink Hat and Boa

Bent and Sheri Mikkelsen in pink hat and boa.If you were just at the 2012 Concrete Decor Show in San Antonio, you might recognize a few of these industry players.

February 25, 2012
Versatile Building Products Names 2011 Photo of the Year Winners

a brightly colored concrete compass rose in oranges, reds, purples and yellows achieved with Versatile Products.Decorative concrete coating manufacturer Versatile Building Products has announced the winners of its 2011 Photo of the Year contest.

February 9, 2012
Fiery, Overflowing Concrete Martini Glass is the Toast of Las Vegas

A larger than life martini glass made of concrete at twilight in Las Vegas.This concrete martini glass, tricked out with real fire, flowing water and concrete casino kitsch, was the toast of the Artistry in Decorative Concrete exhibition at the 2012 World of Concrete trade show in Las Vegas.

January 30, 2012
Bob Harris to Deliver Keynote at 2012 Concrete Decor Show

Bob Harris of Decorative Concrete Institute.The Concrete Decor Show is pleased to announce Bob Harris of the Decorative Concrete Institute (DCI) as its keynote speaker. Harris will discuss “Going the Distance with Decorative Concrete” at the Welcome Reception and Awards Program.

January 25, 2012
First Images of Finished Concrete Art at SAY Si in San Antonio

A work of art placed on the front patio of the Say Si facility using Miracote and Butterfield concrete products.SAY Si, a teen art center in San Antonio, Texas, is getting a decorative concrete makeover courtesy of the Concrete Decor Show, a trade event affiliated with Concrete Decor magazine. The trade show is more than a month away, but work is already underway — and here's your first look at some finished concrete art at the center.

January 10, 2012
TV Show Features Concrete that Looks Like Wood

Wood look concrete countertop by JM Lifestyles.You can't hate your bathroom when it features a flawless faux wood technique created and marketed by JM Lifestyles (Randolph, N.J.).

December 12, 2011
Kansas City Concrete Trade Group Announces Decorative Concrete Award-winners

Johnny's Tavern logo on floor of tavern.The Concrete Promotional Group is out of the gates with the winners of its 2011 Excellence in Concrete Awards. The trade association represents the concrete industry in the greater Kansas City area. Its awards competition recognizes all kinds of concrete construction projects, and several awards are focused on the decorative trades.

December 5, 2011
Explosions of Color Top Maui Concrete Countertops

Playing with color on a concrete countertop with an integral sink.We usually don’t post photos of people just goofing around with samples of decorative concrete, but these pieces are wild.

The craftsman responsible is Richard DiGiacomo, owner of Europa Artisans Academy, in Phoenix, Ariz. He’s currently living and working in Wailuku, Maui.

November 14, 2011
Oregon Store Sports Glossy Golden O Thanks to Decorative Overlay

The Duck Store in Portland, Oregon gets an epoxy coating and the O logo placed on it.Nailing the gold in the O that is the official logo of University of Oregon sports couldn’t have been easy. But here it is, on a dyed and polished cement overlay floor at The Duck Store in the Clackamas Town Center shopping mall, near Portland, Ore.

October 23, 2011
Concrete Mural at the Top of the Mountain

This public art piece was installed by Los Angeles artisan Steve O'Loughlin and Surface Gel Tek president Tamryn Doolan at the top of Double Peak, a popular hiking area in San Marcos, Calif.Decorative concrete is everywhere these days, even at the tops of mountains. This public art piece was installed by Los Angeles artisan Steve O'Loughlin and Surface Gel Tek president Tamryn Doolan at the top of Double Peak, a popular hiking area in San Marcos, Calif.

October 2, 2011
Decorative Concrete Impresses Franchisees

Great Harvet Bread Co. boasts new concrete countertops.Park City, Utah, is a nationally celebrated ski town, home to the annual Sundance Film Festival, and one of those small Western resort communities where only the best will do. So naturally, the town’s new Great Harvest Bread Co. is going to boast the finest fixtures available to a franchise.

August 21, 2011
A Fantastic Concrete Play Bridge in Winnipeg

Play bridge over faux water in a playground for kids.Randall Klassen, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, sent us these photos of a monolithically poured concrete "bridge" over concrete "water" he constructed for Seven Oaks School Division, in northwest Winnipeg.

August 16, 2011
University Building Transformed by New Dye System

Fast-Stain by Wescoat creates vibrant colors on the floor.Westcoat Specialty Coating Systems has sent us some photos and information of a striking dye installation in the classrooms, hallways and main entrance of the United States University building in Chula Vista, Calif.

July 6, 2011
Concrete Play Day Medical Benefit in Seattle Raises Money and Spirits

Coloring a concrete leaf with a paint brush and concrete stain.These are images from the Seattle Concrete Play Day at Modern Concrete Design in Seattle. A regular event hosted around the country by consultant and trainer Tommy T. Cook. This particular play day was a benefit to help cover the medical expenses of concrete master Marco Lucioni, who has cancer.

July 4, 2011
Gaye Goodman and Roy Snowball - A Collaboration of Opposites

Acid stained art on concrete by Gaye Goodman and Roy Snowball.Gaye Goodman discusses a collaboration with artist Roy Snowball

June 14, 2011
Concrete Steps and Much More in Great Falls

Two concrete steps lead up to a house entryway.Concraft Concrete Construction, Leesburg, Va., submitted photos to us last year of decorative concrete work the company was wrapping up at a new home in Great Falls, Va., just outside of Washington, D.C.

April 25, 2011
A River Colored with Water-based Stain Created on Museum Floor

 these photos of a river he carved through an acid-stained floor using two brands of water-based stain from NewLook International.Dan McCormick of Eagle View Custom Creations, Fort Harrison, Mont., submitted these photos of a river he carved through an acid-stained floor using two brands of water-based stain from NewLook International. He put down the river at ExplorationWorks, an interactive science and culture museum in Helena, Mont.

April 11, 2011
All the Sights from 2011 Concrete Decor Show in Nashville

The blue Rocketown logo has been placed in the parking lot of Rocketown with the arrow pointing to the front door.A Nashville youth center gets a decorative concrete makeover as part of the 2011 Concrete Decor Show.

March 21, 2011
Metallic Red and Gray Tile Pattern Adds Pizzazz to Garage Floor

Red and gray epoxy floor in a garage.Michael R. Jensen is CEO and artist at Atlanta Concrete Artist, billed as a purveyor of “exotic designer flooring.” He recently completed an epoxy garage floor for a car enthusiast in Sandy Springs, Ga.

March 9, 2011
"Concrete Nation" TV show covers Concrete Decor Show

Concrete Nation LogoThe new "Concrete Nation" TV show, slated to begin airing this year on Fox affiliates, plans to spend all kind of time at the 2011 Concrete Decor Show in Nashville, Tenn.

March 8, 2011
Polished Concrete Benches Create Unique Patterns

The benches all lined up create a unique design.Justin Hawkins and his Lincoln, R.I., outfit, Livingstone Studios, sent us these photos of arrangable cast concrete benches they created for the Rhode Island School of Design’s Chace Center.

February 23, 2011
Power Tools Used to Carve Concrete Mural at Trade-show Booth

Steven Ochs in front of his mural that was created for Bosch Tool Company at the World of ConcreteAnyone visiting the Bosch Tool outdoor booth at World of Concrete 2011 could not have missed this tool-carved decorative concrete work created by Steven Ochs and Gerald Taylor.

February 7, 2011
L.M. Scofield Announces Decorative Concrete Award Winners

L. M. Scofield Co. has announced the winners of the third annual Decorative Concrete Awards contest. L. M. Scofield Co. has announced the winners of the third annual Decorative Concrete Awards contest. This contest is open to any contractor, architect or designer who uses or specifies Scofield systems.

February 6, 2011
Wood, Water and Concrete in a Modern Bathroom

Concrete shower with a wood drain board to stand on to dry off.Mike Moncrieff and his Bellingham, Wash., company, New Edge Design, submitted these photos of a concrete shower to our most recent Concrete Countertop Design Competition. We reluctantly decided shower installs couldn't compete in a countertop contest. In all other respects, this is top-notch work.

January 2, 2011
The Nashville Dinner Theatre Makeover on TV and Online

A mysterious woman's profile is stained onto the entrance floor of the Nashville Dinner Theater.Some TV news coverage of the Nashville Dinner Theatre project sponsored by the 2011 Concrete Decor Show  The work will be featured at the March 15-18 event.

December 23, 2010
Concrete Artist Creates Online Gallery of Her Work

Wall art in this upscale bar is a unique expression of this artist.Concrete artist Emily McClintick has launched a new website showcasing her work. These images are just a taste of what you'll find on the Concrete Portfolio page of the website.

December 8, 2010
Embedded Gears with Faux Fluid Make Unique Concrete Countertop

At the center of the kitchen space stands 650 lbs of concrete and steel.At the center of the kitchen space stands 650 lbs of concrete and steel. This unique element appears to be balancing on three steel posts, creating an openness while still defining the space.

October 22, 2010
A Concrete Vanity Lit From Within

A bathroom vanity that has lights within to create a glow.The project was a powder-room vanity top. It was a follow-up to a feature fireplace we did a few months earlier for the same clients. As we had won their confidence with the fireplace project and they gave me free reign on the design.

October 21, 2010
Concrete Countertop Design Incorporates Water Flowing Down Stairs

Round end to a sleek concrete countertop that has book stacked on it.The Saale Residence is a new construction home located in a country setting of Winfield, Missouri. All the rooms of the home reflect a consideration for the environment and use of green principles in the design and selection of products.

October 20, 2010
Concrete Kitchen and Granite Island

Kitchen remodel with concrete and granite blending together harmoniously.Right at the start, we decided that the focal point of the kitchen would be the island. At that time we were unsure about what material we would use for the island top, so we went on a quest. We spent several days visiting virtually all of the natural stone distributors in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

October 19, 2010
Cast-in-place Concrete Countertop that Looks Like Precast

White concrete countertop that looks like precast.With a specific look in mind, the client approached us to create a singular look out of concrete for his kitchen island and tops, powder room sink, master bath vanities, floor and shower base, as well as vanities in the second bath, laundry and lower level wine bar.

October 19, 2010