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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
Stenciling Concrete Color Hardeners
Acid Stain Pools Fiber Optics
Water-based Sealers
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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.

Thermoplastic Rubber Floors, Pebble-Flex Surfacing System

Pebble-Flex Synthetic Rubber Surfacing System. When it comes to putting a soft, springy surface on top of a craggy concrete floor, Pebble-Flex is where the rubber hits the road.Pebble-Flex Synthetic Rubber Surfacing System. When it comes to putting a soft, springy surface on top of a craggy concrete floor, Pebble-Flex is where the rubber hits the road.

Remember Watergate? Check out their Swimming Pool

Watergate Hotel swimming pool gets a stamped overlay concrete makeover.About four decades ago, the Watergate Complex in Washington, D.C., was the site of one of the most talked-about political scandals in American history. The hotel is also home to a newly resurfaced decorative concrete pool deck that is reportedly sometimes mistaken for real stone.

Using Decorative Concrete to Address Drainage Issues

Stairs that have been stained with a red color address the erosion issue that this homeowner experiencedAlthough aesthetics are certainly a key component in any decorative concrete project, that doesn’t mean function should take a back seat. When a Joplin, Mo., homeowner was experiencing drainage and erosion problems, Jim Snodgrass installed a series of walls and stairways that not only controlled water flow, but was visually pleasing to the rest of the high-end subdivision.

Concrete Artisan Turns Lifelong Passion into Successful Business

Concrete pool deck with lighted swimming pool.Have you ever asked potential customers to dress like pirates to make a sale? Outdoor-concrete expert Scott Cohen did — and it worked.

Let it Bee GFRC

Oversized bee created for a playground at the Smithsonian National Zoo made with GFRC.Doing museum-quality work doesn’t always entail fashioning blank backdrops to show items of interest at their best. Sometimes, as is the case of a pollinator-themed playground at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., it involves colorful GFRC carvings that are larger than life.

Executing a Drainage Plan for Pool Decks

When taking the plunge into a pool construction or renovation project, don't forget the storm water drainage.When taking the plunge into a pool construction or renovation project, don’t forget the stormwater drainage.

Cemrock: Globetrotting Decorative Concrete Powerhouse

When Olson bought Cemrock, it was pulling in about $1.2 million a year doing exclusively zoo and aquarium habitats, which served as a great foundation to build from.You might think that rappelling from cliffs, learning about orangutan habitats and studying the prehistoric skeleton of a triceratops are activities without much relevance to decorative concrete.

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 Cutting-Edge, High-tech Ohio Outdoor Living SpaceĀ 

Chesterland, Ohio, amazing outdoor space.Gregory Mata and his Cutting Edge Decorative Concrete crew arrived at the house of a young CEO intending only to stamp a patio. Then inspiration took over.

Taking a Concrete Patio To The Next Level

Upper patio of a backyard made with concrete and a firepitWhen a pair of homeowners put their heads together with concrete maestro Tom Ralston, the result was three levels of outdoor grandeur.

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.

For Outdoor Rooms, Consumer Tastes Extend Beyond the Basics

Consumer tastes extend beyond the basicsConcrete patios and pool decks have long set a standard for basic backyards. But today’s consumers want much more than the basics and the industry is complying. Due to more efficient tools and techniques, complex designs can be installed quicker, easier and at a fraction of the cost.

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.

Let it Shine: Installing Fiber Optic Light Effects

Whether you are embedding a shimmering logo in a front counter or spreading a galaxy of stars across a bar top, you need to master fiber optic lighting. Here's how some experts get the job done.Whether you are embedding a shimmering logo in a front counter or spreading a galaxy of stars across a bar top, you need to master fiber optic lighting. Here’s how some experts get the job done.

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.

Botanic Garden Receives Concrete Makeover

Compass rose stained into the concrete with reds, oranges and greens.The project was a lot simpler than the one Baltz ended up with. “I was first approached to do some hardscape and subbase for a network of brick or paver stone terraces,” he recalls. “The connecting walkways were going to be asphalt.” He can’t hide the disdain in his voice when he makes that last statement.

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.

GFRC Peony Panels Elevate Outdoor Area of Mall

Castleton Square Mall Located at 6020 East 82nd St. in Indianapolis, the Castleton Square Mall had a lifestyle addition completed in 2008 that featured decorative concrete.Located at 6020 East 82nd St. in Indianapolis, the Castleton Square Mall had a lifestyle addition completed in 2008 that featured decorative concrete.

One Contractor's Quest to Rid the World of Ugly Concrete

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.

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