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Penny-coated Floor Adds Flash to Georgia Home

Pennies coating an entire concrete floor.When we saw these photos, we asked artisan Jason Thorn what was up with all the pennies. He emailed back, ““Cool client! Let me get creatively stupid.”

December 10, 2012
Engraved Zodiac a Perfect Fit for Asian Restaurant in British Columbia

Engraved Zodiac calendar on a concrete floor that is stained and colored to depict the different signs.For those of us who remember how trendy the whole zodiac thing was in the 1970s, it’s fun to see it pop up now and again. Here’s an example, a stained and engraved zodiac pattern on concrete in a Chinese-style restaurant called Temptasian in Vernon, British Columbia.

November 25, 2012
Denver Charter School Students Learn Concrete Casting at Local Studio

A selection of a ton of items needed for training.A science teacher at the Denver Venture School, a charter high school in Denver, Colo., recently did just that. The class checked out the workshop of Concrete Revolution LLC, a company that fabricates countertops, furniture and accents of all kinds.

October 24, 2012
Z Counterform Contest Showcases Cast-in-place Countertop Styles

Outdoor countertop space that has been edged with z counterforms.Concrete Countertop Solutions, the company that markets the Z Counterform forms as part of a patented system for cast-in-pace concrete countertops, held a photo contest earlier this fall to showcase the work of their professional and DIY customers. The company awarded cash and store credit to five winners.

October 11, 2012
Classical Relief Sculpture Made From Overlays and Plaster

On exterior walls he uses white cement, silicon sand and lime, which add strength.These murals are the work of David Seils, an Asheville, N.C.-based designer, artist and relief sculptor. He applies an overlay to the walls to create these intricate, one-of-a-kind pieces.

September 25, 2012
A Sprawling Ocean Mural Graces an Australian Fish Market

Blue ocean color imitates the look of an ocean reef.Elite Crete Australia and decorative concrete artist Audra Lynch Nanay, of Audra Lynch & Cie, Chicago, have brought the ocean ashore in greater Melbourne. Their ocean-themed concrete mural sweeps across a restored footpath outside of Conway Fish Trading, in Footscray.

September 11, 2012
Contractors Get Ready to Transform the Underground Concrete House in Oregon

Inside the underground concrete house.As you can see from these "before" photos, the house is a unique concrete dome home with a lot of potential. It's normally covered with earth, and for most of its history, it served as a residence for ministers who served the church across the street.

September 3, 2012
A Front Yard Full of Concrete Terracing in Portland, Ore.

Terraced garden in Portland, Oregon.This house and its concrete terraces and walkways is at N.E. 69th and Sacramento in Portland, Ore. The concrete surfaces are done in a Davis Pewter style with sand-finished flatwork and acid-finished walls.

August 9, 2012
Portugal Housing Development Embraces Architectural Concrete Finishes

Modern and stylish home created with microtoppings in Portugal.Luca Seminati, managing director of Ideal Work srl, helped install the Italian company’s house-made microtopping on these stylish homes in Lisbon, Portugal.

August 1, 2012
A Decorative Concrete Startup Raises Money on Kickstarter

Cast concrete cameraThe Kickstarter capital-raising website is being used succesfully by forward-thinking musicians, filmmakers and artists and entrepreneurs of every stripe. Let's see if it can help a newbie decorative concrete artisan raise $6,500 by August 4 for a new casting studio.

July 18, 2012
Cheng Concrete's Circle of Distinction Winners named

 Using a form made of finish-grade plywood veneered with high gloss laminate, Carpenter decided on the cast-in-place method to develop a sense of visual movement by playing with and creating varied color striations in the monolithic piece.Fu-Tung Cheng announced the winners of Cheng Concrete’s 2012 Circle of Distinction Design Challenge honoring design and craftsmanship in decorative concrete. The Design Challenge featured nine entry categories.

June 26, 2012
Rock Tapestries in Mexico Feature Precast Concrete Pebbles

Rocks laid out in a pattern that has geometric design.These beautiful mosaics were made with precast concrete pebbles as well as beach rocks. They’re the work of Jay Manning and Concreations Inc., Bigfoot, Mont.

June 17, 2012
Concrete Contractors Donate Time, Labor and Materials to Improve Paradise

Contractors working on a space pro bono.Decorative concrete makeovers make ideal pro bono projects. A recent press release from Concrete Coatings Inc. describes a perfect example, in which contractors donated time, labor and materials to improve a northern Utah retreat camp for kids facing challenging circumstances.

June 3, 2012
Concrete Artisan Builds Fairy Tale Concrete Bridge with Embedded Precious Stones

A bridge was created over this body of water using concrete techniques.Flying Turtle Cast Concrete, Modesto, Calif., built this 10,000-pound all-concrete bridge at a homeowner's estate in Woodbridge, Calif. Looks like something out of a fairy tale, doesn't it?

May 30, 2012
Stone-textured Overlay Transforms Maine Ski Resort

Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Resort Hotel in Carrabasset Valley, Maine.Michael Day of Day's Concrete Floors Inc., North Monmouth, Maine, was hired in 2011 to do some serious makeover work at the Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Resort Hotel in Carrabasset Valley, Maine.

May 10, 2012
The Time Has Come for This Colorful Concrete Aztec Calendar

That intriguing disk is an Aztec calendar colored with SS products. That intriguing disk is an Aztec calendar colored with SS products. Coyne Edmison, general manager of The Stamp Store, a retailer affiliated with SS, sent us the rest of the story.

April 29, 2012
Molding an Ergonomic Concrete Chair in 24 Hours

An ergonomic chair sits outside among the grass and falling tree leaves.Chris Rousseau, manager of Hotwire Direct, shared with us his experience making a nicely molded concrete chair with the help of one of his company’s performance CNC foam-cutting machines. He measured different parts of his body to dial in the chair’s measurements and banged it out in just about 24 hours.

April 16, 2012
Arizona-based Artist Offers Colorful Concrete Clocks

Concrete clocks that have decorative elements included.If you’re looking to outfit your house from top to bottom in concrete — floors, walls, kitchen and/or furniture — what better way to top it off than with a concrete clock?

April 15, 2012
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.

April 2, 2012
Stylish Concrete Block Bench Demonstrates the Value of Workshops

Two concrete benches sit on the patio outside Say Si.Justin Burd, owner of Tribe One Customs, Oak Hill, W.Va., created this stylish concrete bench for the SAY Si youth arts center in San Antonio as part of a workshop at the 2012 Concrete Decor Show.

March 25, 2012