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Outdoor Spaces

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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New Walkway Gives Latter-day Saint's Church Life

Walkway at an LDS church in Florida gets a makeokver.Honoring the beauty and grace of a Latter-day Saints church and making the work site respectable for a wedding was just another job well done for a Florida contractor.

Concrete Contractor Specializing in Hardscaping: Site Technologies Inc., Roswell, Ga.

Concrete that is colored with reds, yellows and bluesBeautiful streetscapes. Retail and commercial spaces with the look and feel of parks. Incredibly designed school campuses. The great ones all have something in common: Hardscapes that make them accessible and welcoming to human interaction.

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.

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.

Use of Vertical Concrete is on the Rise

Concrete water feature Looking for a way to expand your business’ offerings or add a little more creativity to your life? Either way, the vertical surfaces market may be for you.

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.

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.

Creating the Look of Stones with Concrete on a Residential Pool Deck

Faux stones around a pool deck - Concrete Decor MagazineLast year, a homeowner in Augusta, New Jersey, went into a masons’ supply store looking for a fix for his pool deck. The pavers installed 15 years ago had settled. The deck wasn’t draining properly, and his homeowner’s insurance company had identified the paver portion of the pool deck as a hazard.

Transforming Outdoor Spaces into Outstanding Spaces

For Napa, Calif., homeowners, contractors were able to get a handle on the situation, creating a countertop for an outdoor kitchen that still looks great more than a year later.Trying to manage ultraviolet light exposure in California isn't an easy thing to do, particularly when it comes to its effect on concrete sealers. For Napa, Calif., homeowners, contractors were able to get a handle on the situation, creating a countertop for an outdoor kitchen that still looks great more than a year later.

How to use Shotcrete to Create Artificial Rock

Concrete contractor spraying shotcrete on a hillside from a lift.Contractors are increasingly using shotcrete for making artificial rock. The equipment is expensive, but the results are spectacular.

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.

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.

Shop Drawings Guide Decorative Concrete Work at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

All Part of the PlanWhen it comes to delivering difficult designs — like this circular plaza that highlights the entrance to the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills — you’ve got to have a plan. And we’re not talking just a quick sketch but a detailed drawing that clarifies precisely what joints and finishes are to be placed where.

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.

Eastern Washington Themed Playground Uses Concrete to Enhance Experience

Large fish shaped playground feature in Spokane, Washington.Steelhead trout rivers, bear dens, salmon runs, bighorn sheep ledges, Jurassic fossils - all hallmarks of eastern Washington state. All available for touching, climbing, wading and digging at the Discovery Playground in Mirabeau Point Park, maintained by the City of Spokane Valley, Washington.

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.

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.

Former Electrical Engineer Turns to Decorative Concrete

Upgraded concrete pool deck takes this space to another level.Who quits a stable job with a government pension for the insecurity of self-employment in a field where you have no formal training or experience? To put it another way, who in his right mind would give up a career in electronic engineering in a weapons program at the Nevada Test Site for … concrete work?

Cascading Concrete Waterfalls and a Spa in a Concrete Glass

Waterfall cascading into a pool of water below.RicoRock Inc., a leading manufacturer of residential pool waterfalls in the U.S., has hundreds of dealers, but Margaritaville’s owners wanted to work directly with RicoRock because of the scope of the project and the company’s more than 30-year history of creating waterfalls.

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.

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