Cheryl 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.
“We had originally talked about doing a sunburst, but her house being French country, it screamed fleur-de-lis,” recalls decorative concrete artisan Bonnie Stout. “We had thought about using a stencil and having it raised, but I wanted to try the carving first. If that had not worked we could have repoured the center and used a custom-made stencil. But it worked great, and the homeowners love their circular stoned floor sunroom.
Stout and her two assistants, Jaime and Jeremy Bowers, of Burlington-based Bonnie A. Stout Decorative Finishes, installed the floor. Stout drew the design freehand on paper, then traced it onto a Pure Texture stone overlay that had not completely cured. She then carved the design with a small chisel and a screwdriver.
It was colored with Pure Texture Accent Powders in Brown, Caramel, Rust and Medium Gray. All in all, the design required roughly 700 taped-out 7-inch stones.