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Walkway that is stamped and stained to and feels like a jungle with the perfectly chosen landscaping.
For a guy who started from the bottom up, Jesse Escalera has managed to make a name for himself over the years through his backyard masterpieces.
Artisan Jesse Escalera Creates Concrete Masterpieces
 
An infinity pond and a concrete bench in a beautiful mountainous setting.
This Hacienda Resort includes an outdoor kitchen, water slide, fire pit, concrete swimming pool with Baja shelf, two in-pool tables, and a shaded pavilion.
The Hacienda Resort Adds a Concrete Pool
 
Lavacrete table that is glowing with the help of fiber optics
An “outrageous” beach house on the French side of the Caribbean island St. Martin needed an anything-but-usual outdoor table.
Concrete Tables Include Fiber Optics That Flow And Glow
 
Outdoor space that is lit up for the night with torches and lights that reflect off of the waterfall and the pool below.
When Tom Ralston Concrete took on the job of building Todd Turowski a lap pool in the backyard of his hillside house, they did so with eyes wide open.
Award-Winning Engineered Backyard
 
An outdoor kitchen with a concrete countertop and a large grill and a place to store logs for the firepit.
Outdoor kitchens are a popular request no matter where you live. Typically the contractor constructs them in a warm climate, but that's not the case here.
Beyond the Kit: Outdoor Kitchens in Cold Climates
 
 
 
Artisan Jesse Escalera Creates Concrete Masterpieces
 
The Hacienda Resort Adds a Concrete Pool
 
Concrete Tables Include Fiber Optics That Flow And Glow
 
Award-Winning Engineered Backyard
 
Beyond the Kit: Outdoor Kitchens in Cold Climates
 
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Sculpted Hillside is Home to a Serene Pool Deck

High end pool deck lit by night lights and a glowing fire pit.When we think of sculpting, most of us probably picture statues or abstract artistic shapes, not a combination of walls and steps and terraces that enhance the natural surroundings. Yet that is what the sculpting of a hillside is … shaping the landscape into an attractive blend of man-made and natural elements.

Skate Park in Santa Cruz Replicates Waves with Concrete

16 foot tall concrete wave at a Santa Cruz skate parkA 16-foot-tall concrete wave? Concrete artists created this and more at a 15,000-square-foot skate park.

Concrete Hardspace Transforms Residential Curb Appeal

Restored decorative concrete garage and driveway.If you’re going the makeover route, why not make it extreme. Or at least dramatic.

Either description can be applied to the three-pronged game plan devised to vastly revamp the hardscapes surrounding a sprawling, exclusive residential property on the Central California coast.

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.

Working Roman Aqueduct Built in Homeowners Backyard

Relief design in the side of a roman aqueduct shows a horse and a roman soldier.This working Roman aqueduct, completed in the fall of 2005 for a home in Dove Canyon, Calif., wasn't built in a day. 

An Award-Winning Concrete Lap Pool and Deck

custom-engineered lap pool, deck and backyardWhen Tom Ralston Concrete took on the job of building Todd Turowski a lap pool in the backyard of his hillside house in Scotts Valley, Calif., they did so with eyes wide open.

A Palm-roofed Outdoor Living Area and Concrete Kitchen in Los Cabos, Mexico

Concrete sitting area that is complete with a concrete firepit.As for Hileman’s original vision of using actual coco logs in construction, remember “termites” and realize it is nice to fool Mother Nature — and human guests — in the name of maintenance.

Elegant Concrete Overlay Provides a Touch of Modernity to Apartment Complex

Sundek of Washington, Chantilly, Va., installed about 7,500 square feet of Sundek Classic Texture in Pewter Gray, Mission Tan and Clear for architect Adam Steiner, of Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc., and developer Mill Creek Residential Trust.Sundek of Washington, Chantilly, Va., installed about 7,500 square feet of Sundek Classic Texture in Pewter Gray, Mission Tan and Clear for architect Adam Steiner, of Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc., and developer Mill Creek Residential Trust.

Redwood Deck Drains Take Your Pool Deck To The Next Level

Deck components -redwood deck drains.After spending thousands of dollars on a new swimming pool in your backyard, you want to make sure it looks distinctive, and Signature Series Redwood deck drain and expansion joint components are designed to do just that.

A Guide to Building Concrete Fire Features

How to build concrete fire featuresThroughout the United States and Canada, even in cold climates, homeowners are clamoring for outdoor kitchens and living spaces, using concrete as the material, to enhance the beauty, comfort and resale value of their homes.

Spectacular Outdoor Concrete Entertainment Space

For Scott Cohen, owner of The Green Scene Landscaping and Pools in Northridge, Calif., creating spectacular, outdoor entertainment and leisure spaces is second nature, but many of his jobs require much more than bringing a vision to life.For Scott Cohen, owner of The Green Scene Landscaping and Pools in Northridge, Calif., creating spectacular, outdoor entertainment and leisure spaces is second nature, but many of his jobs require much more than bringing a vision to life.

Mesmerizing Concrete Entryway Plaza at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center

The new Exploration Center at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Santa Cruz, Calif., invites visitors to interact with exhibits that explore issues impacting the marine ecosystem. The new Exploration Center at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Santa Cruz, Calif., invites visitors to interact with exhibits that explore issues impacting the marine ecosystem.

Compatibility Issues Between Stained Concrete And Salt Chlorinated Swimming Pools

Does chlorine affect decorative concrete?Scott Cohen, artisan and construction defect expert witness, whose company The Green Scene makes decorative backyards and pools in Southern California, has observed problems around salt-chlorinated pools too, but he is far from certain that all salt pools are problematic.

How this Concrete Contractor Moved From Flatwork to Decorative Concrete

Rectangular concrete fire pit with round river rock surrounding fire tube.Troy Lemon, founder and president of Cornerstone Decorative Concrete in Holland, Mich., starts his story with a familiar admission. “I was a concrete guy way before I was a decorative concrete guy,” he says.

From Faded to Fabulous Museum of Art Updates Exterior Concrete

One idea that became central to the look was to cut saw grass from the Everglades and imprint the concrete in alternating and intersecting bands of yellow and grays, bringing a taste of Florida's unique natural environment into the city and harmonizing the hardscape with EDSA's landscape. The Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale likes to say “there is always something new and different at the Museum,” but until recently, that claim did not apply to the building’s exterior. 

A Round Concrete Chair Becomes Part of Design

Luna Loungers, round concrete chairsJustin Brown, owner of 2Stone Designer Concrete in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, had the idea for Luna Loungers for quite a while. “It’s basically a round take on a square chair,” he says. He finally made the idea into something tangible.

Special Considerations for Outdoor Cast Concrete

Outdoor kitchen with a lush green background.Outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more popular, and special considerations must be made in order to ensure concrete's durability, longevity and aesthetics in these applications.

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.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.”

Experience and Expertise Prove to be the Winning Combination for Puerto Rican Skatepark

Construction of skatepark in Puerto Rico using rebar and concreteThe working conditions weren’t those of a stateside project, but the objective was the same: Build a skate park that had the smooth curves and flawless finishes of any topnotch park in the U.S. Learn how this contractor skated to perfection.

Revamping the Pool Deck at the White House

Delays were par for the course, Krach says. Besides the helicopter encounter, he and his crew had to clear the way so Vice President Joe Biden could accompany a disabled veterans' bicycle-racing group on a tour and again so the first lady could work in the garden.When your country calls you to do a job, how much should you charge? That was the predicament Dick Krach, CEO of Sundek of Washington, came face to face with when his secretary fielded a call from someone at a “white house” concerning a pool deck that needed repair and some sprucing up. 

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