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Using Surface Retarders on Vertical Concrete

Exposed aggregate finishes are in demand on concrete walls. How do you get that rock to pop? One way is to use a surface retarder.Exposed aggregate finishes are in demand on concrete walls. How do you get that rock to pop? One way is to use a surface retarder.

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.

Vertical Polished Concrete Condo Touted to be World's Largest

Florida's Miami Beach is a part of the country known for its high real estate prices, but the penthouse condominium sales price of $60 million for the Faena House Saxony Condo set a new high. Florida’s Miami Beach is a part of the country known for its high real estate prices, but the penthouse condominium sales price of $60 million for the Faena House Saxony Condo set a new high.

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.

Rich Redwood Colored Concrete Stain Bring Health Village to Life

The stainers tried to make each wall look like a unique set of panels. Muse Concrete Contractors Inc. of Redding, Calif., did its part to create the illusion by developing tilt-up wall forms that replicated the rough, uneven sides of the old huts.Is it redwood or is it concrete? A Sacramento contractor creates a Native American health center with reactive-stained walls

Vertical Overlays: To Spray or Trowel

A wine cellar that has been designed using a vertical overlay systemIf you’re one of the growing number of contractors making the move from horizontal to vertical, this may be one of your first questions.

Concrete Dinosaur Makes Big Impression at Concrete Decor Show

Life-sized dinosaur carved and created witjh concreteArtisans Thom Hunt and Mark Whitten led the effort to construct, sculpt and color the ginormous dinosaur. The life-size replica spans 30 feet from nose to tail and is 13 1/2 feet tall.

Artistic Decorative Concrete in Public Works Projects

Frog designed from concrete stains.When a city, school or government chooses to spend a little extra money on decorative concrete, it demonstrates civic pride — and makes that lobby, city pool or roadside a little easier on the eyes.

A Folded Concrete Exterior Mimics Textiles on this Munich Fabric House

Concrete facade on Munich TextilmacherSituated in an industrial zone on Munich, Germany’s north side, an eye-catching building hosts production, showroom and office spaces for textile print and embroidery. Known as The Textilmacher, this three-story building has a precast concrete facade reminiscent of creased fabric.

Vertical Carving Artist Creates Themed Spaces

Vertical Concrete Creations from Nampa, IdahoBeing in the construction industry his whole life, Dion Battles made the unsurprising leap to decorative concrete, specifically the vertical carving and theming part of the industry, after the nationwide recession hit the residential building industry hard in 2007.

Wisconsin's Artisan in Concrete Nolan King

stamped concrete snake walkwayNolan King, owner of King Architectural Concrete and Construction LLC in River Falls, Wisconsin, started his own construction business at the age of 23 after graduating from college in 2001 with an engineering degree. His business focused primarily on home remodeling work.

Contractors Show Their Creative Uses with Shotcrete

The final outcome of a shotcrete project in Boatswain's Beach Lagoon.While swimming pools and road construction projects have been the mainstay of many contractors in the shotcrete industry, a number of shotcrete artists are taking the concrete medium to new levels of creativity and usefulness.

Carved Concrete in Toucan Ridge Exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo

the Assiniboine Park Conservancy in Winnipeg In August 2010, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy in Winnipeg contacted Randall Klassen to get a quote for the demolition and removal of the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Tropical House. The house had fallen into disrepair and the conservancy wanted to replace it with a rocky tropical oasis for animals, birds and plants.

Meet a Creator of Simulated Environments Thom Hunt

Large white lion sculpture sits upon a concrete circle.With more than 30 years of experience as a professional artist — and a darn good one at that — Thom Hunt has worked his magic at more happy places on Earth than even Walt Disney could have imagined.

Building Thin-Shell Concrete Structures

There is more than one way to create a concrete home -- and the thin-shell method produces dwellings of unparalleled beauty.There is more than one way to create a concrete home — and the thin-shell method produces dwellings of unparalleled beauty.

Online Community for Vertical Aficionados

Vertical carved concrete acts as an entry to a wine cellar.Vertical Artisans, launched in January 2008 at Verticalartisans. com, presents training videos and articles by experts. The site aims to offer a broader perspective than can be found at schools or training centers that, besides being bound by the limits of time and space, are often devoted to one manufacturer’s product line or one artisan’s techniques.

Monterey Hillside Bay-Colored Swimming Pool

Swimming pool by Tom Ralston overlooking the Monterey Bay.Imagine this: You own an estate in the California hills overlooking Monterey Bay. You are a lover of art and natural beauty. You want a swimming pool complex with a large concrete deck and pool house. You want it to accentuate the surrounding landscape and incorporate the feel of the bay, but you’re not sure how you want to achieve that. Who do you call?

Wine Caves Built with Bridge System

In the heart of northern Michigan wine country near Traverse City, Mari Vineyards opened for business in May 2016.In the heart of northern Michigan wine country near Traverse City, Mari Vineyards opened for business in May 2016. The 31,000-square-foot facility was equipped with the usual amenities of a first-rate winery as well as an extensive underground barrel-aging area that has the qualities of a cave.

From Standard to Challenging: Custom Concrete Pervious Mix Elevates Project's Difficulty

When taking on pervious paving contracts, the San Diego-based contractor's mix design is typically accepted by clients following mock-up, as custom blends can significantly increase a project's difficulty.When taking on pervious paving contracts, the San Diego-based contractor’s mix design is typically accepted by clients following mock-up, as custom blends can significantly increase a project’s difficulty. Yet, there are always exceptions, with the most recent being the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

Conference Attendees Build a Concrete Alamo to Remember

A look at the final conference project that the attendees createdConference attendees got a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate one on one with concrete artist and build the concrete version of the Alamo they would never forget.

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.

A Man Cave with Water Features and Carved Concrete

Stair case that leads to the man cave made of concrete Their still-in-progress project includes a number of concrete features inside the home, the centerpiece being a cast-in-place, carved, stamped GFRC staircase that resembles rock and leads into the basement-level man cave, graced by a sun-and-clouds water feature on the wall next to the staircase.

Synthetic Rock Features using GFRC

GFRC rock made from panels that were molded from natural stone.Glass-fiber reinforced concrete and other materials can be molded to make rock structures so natural-looking, even Mother Nature will be fooled.

Wild Concrete Walls in Argentina

Concrete wall art from Argentina helps this artist get jobs in the United States.We here at Concrete Decor always welcome submissions of photos from concrete artisans around the world. When we received a particularly attractive batch from an artist in Argentina, we decided to share them with you.

Concrete Stenciling Fresh-poured Vertical Surfaces

Vertical Stenciled Concrete can be a neat way to bring your design upwardsIf you are stenciling fresh-poured concrete there may be vertical surfaces you also want to stencil, such as step fronts or the lips around the edge of a patio where you may want the pattern to roll over the edge. Various contractors use different techniques to tackle these challenging surfaces.

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