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How to Kick Back, Relax, and Vacation at Home

On June 5, 2017, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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Put the World On Hold Take time out—literally. Eliminating reminders of time helps wipe away the stress of the daily grind, says Amy McDonald, spa director of El Monte Sagrado, in Taos, New Mexico. Gather up all the clocks in your house and stash them in a dresser drawer. Throw your watch in next to […]

Put the World On Hold
Take time out—literally. Eliminating reminders of time helps wipe away the stress of the daily grind, says Amy McDonald, spa director of El Monte Sagrado, in Taos, New Mexico. Gather up all the clocks in your house and stash them in a dresser drawer. Throw your watch in next to them. Leave them there for the whole day (or two, or five).

Turn off the ringers on your phones and mute the answering machine. Check messages only when you want to, keeping in mind that “not at all” is always an option.

Do an “out of the office” message for your e-mail (even if your office is a corner of the playroom). Say you won’t be checking your e-mail till you’re back from vacation. Then power down the computer and throw a towel over it.

Skip the news—and maybe even stop the mail—for a week. When you banish the source of stress, the stress itself may follow. The earth will continue to turn even if you’re not reading all about it every morning at 7:30 sharp, and sadly, the bills will still be there when your vacation is over.

https://www.realsimple.com/work-life/life-strategies/staycation/put-world-on-hold

 

25 Genius Ways to Throw a Better Backyard Barbecue…

On January 5, 2017, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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It’s summertime and — as the saying goes — the living is easy. Or at least it will be when you steal these fast, fresh tips for your next backyard BBQ. BY KATHLEEN HACKETT AND MARIA CARTER http://www.countryliving.com/entertaining/g801/summer-party-ideas-0609/

It’s summertime and — as the saying goes — the living is easy. Or at least it will be when you steal these fast, fresh tips for your next backyard BBQ.

http://www.countryliving.com/entertaining/g801/summer-party-ideas-0609/

 

Summer Fun

On June 27, 2016, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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For some great summer fun ideas with the kids and family, the following link will get you started making summer a great  http://www.listotic.com/32-best-diy-backyard-games/    

For some great summer fun ideas with the kids and family, the following link will get you started making summer a great  http://www.listotic.com/32-best-diy-backyard-games/

 

 

 

Outdoor Kitchens and Concrete Countertops

On July 30, 2015, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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Backyard kitchens with cooking surfaces, sinks, bars and storage areas are all the rage in the growing outdoor living trend. Concrete countertops are being noticed as the number one material that is both highly functional as well as decorative for taking cooking and entertaining activities outdoors. Designing with concrete countertops outdoors is also attractive because […]

Backyard kitchens with cooking surfaces, sinks, bars and storage areas are all the rage in the growing outdoor living trend. Concrete countertops are being noticed as the number one material that is both highly functional as well as decorative for taking cooking and entertaining activities outdoors. Designing with concrete countertops outdoors is also attractive because of their easy maintenance and vast design flexibility. Here are some tips from HGTV’s favorite garden artisan, Scott Cohen, on how to build with today’s most popular cast concrete countertop finishes.

 

 

 

SMALL PATIO IDEAS

On July 14, 2015, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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Even if you only have a small space, you can still entertain some small patio ideas. A patio doesn’t have to be large to be enjoyed! We all need a little outdoor space to get fresh air, relax and do other activities like grilling. First you need to decide the shape of your patio. This […]

Even if you only have a small space, you can still entertain some small patio ideas. A patio doesn’t have to be large to be enjoyed! We all need a little outdoor space to get fresh air, relax and do other activities like grilling.

First you need to decide the shape of your patio. This may be very easy if your space is limited. If you have a larger yard, you can play a little more with the shape of your patio. Maybe you want to incorporate built-in planters or add a curved edge.

Best Patio Colors

As with any small space, lighter colors and patterns should always be used rather than dark colors and large patterns. The light colors or neutral colors will help make your space seem bigger. Carry the use of light colors when you are choosing your patio furniture. Light colored wood furniture or white wickers are excellent for a small patio.

To add some color to your patio, think of accent pieces such as planter, vases or decorative objects.

Patio Floor

Once you know how you want your patio to look, it is time to decide on which material you want to use to build it. There are lots of choices to fit every budget and artistic temperament. Bricks will give you a traditional feel, while pavers take that feeling and give it a little tweak.

Concrete was once the most boring of choices, but not anymore! Today, concrete can be dyed, stamped, stenciled, textured and decorated. Natural stone is a bit more pricy, but it makes an impressive patio. Another alternative is to combine materials.

Maybe mix brick with sections of concrete or stone tiles, for example. Be sure to choose an option that not only fits your budget, but complements your home. Alternatively, if you have an existing concrete patio that you’d like to fix up, decorative concrete overlays can be done to make it look like a brand new patio.

http://www.backyard-landscape-ideas.com/small-patio-ideas.html

 

How Do I Protect and Maintained Stained Concrete?

On May 21, 2015, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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How Do I Protect and Maintain Stained Concrete? Although stain is permanent and won’t flake off like paint, it penetrates only the top layer of the concrete surface and will eventually wear away as the surface is worn by traffic or weather exposure. To prolong stain life, stain manufacturers recommend keeping stained surfaces protected with […]

How Do I Protect and Maintain Stained Concrete?

Although stain is permanent and won’t flake off like paint, it penetrates only the top layer of the concrete surface and will eventually wear away as the surface is worn by traffic or weather exposure. To prolong stain life, stain manufacturers recommend keeping stained surfaces protected with multiple coats of clear sealer (outdoors) and a floor wax (indoors). A good sealer will provide other benefits as well, such as adding sheen to the surface and enhancing color intensity. (See Protecting Acid Stained Floors and The Concrete Network’s Shop Smart Guide to Buying Concrete Sealers.)

While protecting stained concrete with a sealer or floor finish will repel dirt and help prevent wear, it does not eliminate the need for periodic maintenance. How much traffic the surface receives often dictates the amount of ongoing maintenance required. To protect your investment, ask the stain manufacturer or stain applicator to provide you with care and maintenance guidelines, including recommendations for cleaning products.

Here are some general tips:

  • For interior concrete floors subject to only light foot traffic, maintenance is usually a simple matter of dry dust mopping and occasional wet mopping with a neutral-pH cleaner.
  • If stained floors begin to loose their luster or shine, rewaxing will usually revive the appearance. In a typical residential setting, a year or longer may go by before it’s necessary to buff and rewax the floor. In businesses with more traffic, it will be necessary to reapply the finish at more frequent intervals.
  • For exterior stained concrete, keep the surface clean by sweeping it with a broom or leaf blower or rinsing with a garden hose. To remove stubborn dirt, scrub with a mop or medium-bristle brush and a mild cleaner.
  • To keep exterior surfaces protected, apply a new coat of sealer every year or two, or as necessary. When you begin to notice that water no longer beads up on the surface, it’s time to reseal.
  • Stained concrete countertops will have different protection and maintenance needs than walking surfaces. Be sure to consult the installer for guidance.

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ArtCon Inc. Las Vegas, NV

ArtCon Inc. Las Vegas, NV

 

3 Budget Friendly Decorative Finishes for Exterior Concrete

On April 29, 2015, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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Three Budget-Friendly Decorative Finishes for Exterior Concrete By Anne Balogh, ConcreteNetwork.com Columnist In this ailing economy, many homeowners are cutting back on remodeling expenses and forgoing some of their dream projects. But if your dream is to install a fabulous decorative concrete driveway, sidewalk or entryway that will transform your home and boost its curb […]

Three Budget-Friendly Decorative Finishes for Exterior Concrete

By Anne Balogh, ConcreteNetwork.com Columnist

In this ailing economy, many homeowners are cutting back on remodeling expenses and forgoing some of their dream projects. But if your dream is to install a fabulous decorative concrete driveway, sidewalk or entryway that will transform your home and boost its curb appeal, you may still be able to get the high-end look you’re after without emptying your pocketbook. Instead of spending a premium for elaborate stamped, stenciled or multicolored concrete, you can achieve equally impressive results with these three budget-friendly decorative treatments. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also get a durable, low-maintenance surface that will last for decades. Now that’s true economy!

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Exposed Aggregate
With an exposed-aggregate finish, you can achieve spectacular effects at a reasonable cost because few additional materials (other than the decorative aggregate) are required. To get the look, your contractor simply places the concrete and then removes the top layer of cement paste by scrubbing or pressure washing to reveal the embedded aggregate. Many types and sizes of decorative aggregate are available to achieve unlimited color and texture variations. Durable and skid resistant, an exposed-aggregate finish is ideal for most exterior flatwork.

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Rock Salt Finish
A rock salt finish is a traditional and easy method for adding subtle texture and skid resistance to plain or colored concrete. The salt leaves a speckled pattern of shallow indentations on the concrete surface, similar to the appearance of slightly pitted, weathered rock. While the pattern isn’t elaborate, it has a distinctive look not achievable with any other method. Salt finishes are attractive alone, but are particularly stunning when used in combination with colored concrete and other decorative treatments. Even better, the finish requires few additional tools and materials to produce, keeping the cost affordable.

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Brooming and Borders
If you’re on a tight budget, you can achieve impressive results by mixing stamped or stenciled concrete borders with fields of less-expensive plain or broom-finished concrete. Using contrasting colors will give the surface even more pizazz.

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Belgard Dublin Cobble Paver

On August 19, 2014, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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A true classic, its gently distressed surface and antiqued edges whisper quiet, timeless sophistication. Smaller than Bergerac and featuring a wide array of shapes, Dublin Cobble® creates a casually elegant, time-worn look recalling the hand-laid stone of centuries-old Mediterranean villas.

A true classic, its gently distressed surface and antiqued edges whisper quiet, timeless sophistication. Smaller than Bergerac and featuring a wide array of shapes, Dublin Cobble® creates a casually elegant, time-worn look recalling the hand-laid stone of centuries-old Mediterranean villas.

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July 2014 – Monthly job Drawing Winner!

On August 12, 2014, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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We are proud to say we have completed 83 jobs this last month. Our Monthly WINNER is: Lieberman, BJ & Arnold  who had a Extended their back Yards. You have WON a prize of $100.00 Gift Card to Home Depot. CONGRATULATIONS to our Winner!! You have been featured on our Blog and Facebook page! Check back next month to see […]

We are proud to say we have completed 83 jobs this last month.

Our Monthly WINNER is: Lieberman, BJ & Arnold  who had a Extended their back Yards. You have WON a prize of $100.00 Gift Card to Home Depot.

CONGRATULATIONS to our Winner!! You have been featured on our Blog and Facebook page!

Check back next month to see who the next luck winner is……..

 

Concrete Masterpiece

On August 12, 2014, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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You wouldn’t think it by the current temperatures outside, but Spring is officially among us!  One of our favorite Spring past-times is enjoying the beautiful outdoor weather with friends and family.  We have spent many weekends and evenings sitting on our back porch watching the kids play in the yard, while the grill is heating […]

You wouldn’t think it by the current temperatures outside, but Spring is officially among us!  One of our favorite Spring past-times is enjoying the beautiful outdoor weather with friends and family.  We have spent many weekends and evenings sitting on our back porch watching the kids play in the yard, while the grill is heating up to make a meal to feed an army and with a cold one in our hands.  In addition to fabulous company, what we enjoy most of all is the ambiance of our outdoor living space.  If you are anything like my family and spend as much time as we do outside, it’s time to consider sprucing up the area.  Lucky for you, we can help you get started with your flooring!

Start with your slab concrete.  What could you possibly do with a slab of concrete?  Well, that’s easy – stamp it!  One of the most common and popular ways to spruce up your outdoor living space is to make the illusion of either stone or brick pavers.  Have you seen this look before?  It’s an easy, affordable, quick fix to your patio flooring renovation.  Now, you might be asking how you get this look and the easy answer is to give us a call at Concrete Resurfacing!  To get started, do a little research and see what designs and colors appeal to you.

When you are ready, we will meet with you and survey the area and gain an understanding of the look, feel and style of flooring that you wish to obtain.  Hopefully, you have done a bit of research, as we mentioned above, and have an idea of what color schemes you like (and will look best incorporated in/around your home) and the design or style that you would like stamped.  Here are a couple of our most popular choices to get your started…

$1·      Brick – side by side or with a design such as herringbone

$1·      Stone – tends to have more of a natural outdoorsy look and feel

$1·      Brick or stone outline of the concrete – simple elegance with a touch of class

$1·      Large Tiles – once again side by side or set on a diagonal

$1·      Custom Designs

The easiest way to research is to check out our galleries on our website – and we will note to look at all of the galleries… you might want to have your patio done and gain inspiration from the “Walkway” gallery.  When we meet you can relay your ideas and we would be happy to suggest a few of our own if that would be beneficial.

The decision to freshen up your outdoor patio is no doubt a good one!  We look forward to working with you, hearing your ideas and making them become a reality so that you can enjoy the rising temperatures and all that the Spring season has to offer in the comfort of your own backyard.  Give us a call today at Concrete Resurfacing to get the ball rolling!

Source: http://www.concreteupgrades.com/blog-sp-1605143579/38-blog/blog/64-resurface.html

 

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