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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.

Preparing for the Pump: Working With Pressure-Applied Concrete

Large structure in a pool that was created by rebar and shotcrete techniques.Decorative shotcrete is catching on, and as with any decorative concrete technique, there’s a learning curve. Here, we cover mix design, prep work and more.

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).

Retaining Walls: Evolving From Drab to Fab

Upclose view of the retaining wall detailsThe purpose of the retaining wall remains unchanged — to hold back dirt — but decorative concrete offers a solution to improve the appearance of retaining walls.

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.

Restoring a Concrete Sculpture at Camp Pendleton

Concrete Statue at Camp PendletonSome things get better the second time around. Take the Navy Corpsmen Memorial at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California, for instance. Back in 1983, Raul Avina, an Oceanside resident and local artist who as a young Marine was wounded in the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II.

Artisans in Tennessee Carve Concrete Trees for Cabins

Cute concrete cabinAmerican Patriot Getaways in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is one of the companies that rents cabins to vacationers who want to stay in “tree houses” in the Smoky Mountains.

Faux Rock Features Roll Out Exciting New Opportunities for Concrete

Custom faux rock water feature takes this pool scene to the next level.Synthetic rock is commonplace at theme parks, zoos, aquariums, museums, resorts, hotels and many other places — and there’s a growing demand for residential applications.

Former Army Ranger Builds A Construction Company Employing Vets

Vet Embarks on Mission: to Build a CompanyRich Verdone is an Army Ranger veteran with five tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, but his devotion to duty and his fellow soldiers marches on here at home. He’s now on a mission to build a construction company on a foundation of the skills and dedication of U.S. military veterans.

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.

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.

20-foot Carved Concrete Fireplace Stands Out in Parade of Homes

A Matter of the HearthWhen Troy Lemon the concrete sculptor met up with Troy Wolfiss the home builder, a fireplace of great proportions ensued. Wolfiss, owner of Artisan Craft Homes, busily designed his new home which would be part of the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids’ Spring Parade of Homes.

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.

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.

Washington Restaurant Gets Decorative Concrete Overhaul

Concrete shelves installed on the stamped brick facade.A job that began with a mere 80 square feet of overlay snowballed into a decorative concrete transformation — complete with faux hollow tree — for this restaurant and bar.

Limestone-based Overlays are a Regional Phenomenon

Limestone Overlays Popular in Some Areas, Unknown in OthersI’ve always been curious why certain decorative systems and finishes take hold only in certain regions of the country, while others are universal in their appeal and demand. The answer lies somewhere between perception, demand and what the market is offering.

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.

Carved Vertical Concrete Old-World Wine Cellar

Old world wine cellar made of concrete that was carved out of concreteMost cellars consist of pretty straightforward temperature control and wine-racking systems but Nathan Giffin, owner of Creative Rock Forming and the creative powerhouse behind a recent wine cellar project in Naperville, Ill., has rather a different idea of what a private wine cellar can be.

A Grand Fountain Becomes Retail Space Centerpiece

a grand, European-style fountain, more than 16 feet tall with four falls.The Streets at SouthGlenn, a sprawling new shopping destination in south Denver, boasts a block-long urban park with a brick fireplace, tall "legacy trees," gardens and cafes, and a centerpiece: a grand, European-style fountain, more than 16 feet tall with four falls.

Manufacturer Profile: Custom Rock International

Concrete in Cabela's stores has become a trademark.When decorative concrete is mentioned, typically we’re referring to the booming market in flat concrete. However, there are additional, more specialized niches in the decorative concrete arena: simulated rock formations, typically found in zoos, theme parks and more. Check out some examples in this article.

Synthetic Rocks Making Their Way to Residential Builds

Synthetic rocks surround a backyard pond and add to the overall aestheticThe world’s great deposits of synthetic rock were once concentrated in zoos, theme parks and the occasional museum exhibit. But times have changed, and these days, faux rock is cropping up all over, from backyard pools and spas to shopping-mall waterfalls.

Vertical Carving Spring Training at the Oregon Hobbit House

Carving vertical concrete at the West Coast Training Center in Oregon.Nathan Giffin's Vertical Artisans hosted its second weeklong teraining at its West Coast Training Center, an underground "hobbit house" in Lorane, Ore.

Vineyard-inspired Color Combination for Vertical Concrete

How to make concrete rocks look like a California Vineyard.Give your next faux-stone wall vertical project the look of a Spanish vineyard with this effect from Flex-C-Ment.

A Two-Sided Tip: Exposed Aggregate on a Corner Wall

Some of our exposed aggregate pours are more complex than simply pouring a slab and turning it on end,Nick Carosi III of Arban & Carosi Inc. brings up an intriguing point when talking about exposed aggregate on vertical surfaces — what if you’re pouring an L-shaped wall piece? Since gravity’s effect on the settling aggregate is essential to the process, how does a contractor make that work?

Carved Concrete Animal Kingdom

Eagle sculpture formed from concreteWith initial experience as a concrete contractor, ironworker and plasterer, an artistic streak found ready expression using skills that were learned in the trades.

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