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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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Alabama Concrete Artisan Discovers The Ashby System

Concrete In-Counters, Enterprise, Alabama Concrete CountertopTamara Gilgenast combines passion and a veteran’s discipline and attention to detail to create works of art in concrete. Though she only started her business about four years ago after discovering The Ashby System, she already has an extensive portfolio.

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.

Artisan Jesse Escalera Creates Concrete Masterpieces

outdoor stained concrete floor 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.

New Green Space Trumps Upcoming Political Debate

The 10-acre Cleveland Public Square was expanded and modernized to incorporate vast green space and unique concrete designs.The newly overhauled project took a decade of planning and is a destination that is exceptionally walkable and livable. Designed by landscape architects at James Corner Field Operations, this sleek and modern project includes more than 2 million pounds of custom precast concrete from Tectura Designs.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Plaza Uses Decorative Concrete to Educate People About Water

Concrete MosaicLocated in the East Bay District of Olympia — Washington’s capital city — the East Bay Public Plaza celebrates a theme of water stewardship with interactive water features that re-create natural shoreline, streambed and wetland areas.

Two Concrete Artisans Take Four Awards at 2013 ARDAs

Four decorative concrete projects were among the winners in the 2013 American Residential Design Awards, announced in July by the American Institute of Building Design.Four decorative concrete projects were among the winners in the 2013 American Residential Design Awards, announced in July by the American Institute of Building Design.

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.

How to Build Concrete Fire Pits Safely

Concrete fire pit displays in front of a smooth as glass swimming pool during a sunset.As a contractor with extensive experience with all types of outdoor fire features, and as an expert witness in situations where something’s gone terribly wrong, I’d like to share some of the basic guidelines I use to maximize both safety and enjoyment of buidling concrete fire pits.

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.

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.

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.

Awesome Pool Side Concrete Hardscape

Award winning pool hardscape featuring stamped concrete patio, crystal clear swimming pool, custom concrete fire pit, and one of a kind retaining walls.East Coast met West Coast and “old school” joined up with state-of-the-art hardscape concrete work at an award-winning residential project in Andover, Mass. The three-level backyard spread, including patio, pool, fire pit and surrounding walls, earned project owner New England Hardscapes, of Acton, Mass., an ASCC design award.

Make the First Impression Matter with Powerful Decorative Concrete Curb Appeal

Home in California that has been given a decorative concrete upgrade to help with curb appeal.Looking to impress your next client? Using decorative concrete elements to enhance a house's curb appeal is one way to do just that. See some powerful examples of how you can acheive this in this article.

Dirty Job's Mike Rowe on a Decorative Concrete Job Site for a Day

Mike Row and Richard Smith pose for the camera after a dirty job spreading concrete color hardener.When Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs show called Richard Smith Custom Concrete about sending host Mike Rowe out to a decorative concrete job site for a day, Rick Smith rubbed his hands with glee, thinking to himself, "We're gonna get this guy filthy!"

How One Contractor Profited from Safety Surfacing

A rubber surfaced floor that has been artistically upgraded with an image of a clown fish.When asked if concrete contractors should add safety surfacing to their roster of services, George Coon’s answer was a question that was succinct and to the point: “Do they want to make money?”

5 Tips for Photographing Concrete Hardscapes

concrete waterfall modern styleThe beauty of decorative concrete comes from its versatility and stunning final results. Each project’s unique traits help sell the next project. However, your future potential clients don’t necessarily have access to your past projects, which is why photography is a crucial component of your marketing plan — regardless of your company’s size.

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