The Hidden Oasis project was on a very challenging site. The sloped backyard was surrounded by a wooded area, making equipment access difficult. It also necessitated retaining walls and terraced slabs.
The stamping process took place after the pool deck area was poured. Greystone crews used two colors of L.M. Scofield’s Lithochrome color hardeners and the Arizona Flagstone stamp pattern from Stampcrete International. Crews then neutralized and cleaned the area.
Greystone then went back to complete detail work. The crew corrected rough seams and edges and highlighted random stone patterns throughout the project with three colors from L.M. Scofield’s Lithochrome Chemstain Classic line. Dittmann says acid stain detailing is a multi-step process since after staining and neutralizing, it can take up to 30 days before the project can be powerwashed and sealed. But the result was a one-of-a-kind backyard retreat that incorporates multiple decorative concrete applications.
Dittmann says decorative concrete is not an easy trade to succeed in, but her company does because they are always open to new ideas and systems and are constantly striving for perfection. “We have a passion for what we do, and we take pride in our installations,” she says. “We are still tweaking and mastering our application process. Every week we have company meetings where we look at photos of our completed projects, challenge ourselves to find imperfections and come up with ideas on how we can do better next time.”
WinSol Groundworks, Rancho Cordova, Calif., specializes in landscaping and decorative concrete. Last year, a new homeowner of a formerly foreclosed property came to the company with 8,000 square feet of decorative concrete in desperate need of a facelift. WinSol COO Nicholas Winn says the project was a great candidate for Scofield’s Revive Color Refresher, which allowed the company to give the homeowner a new look without the expense of a tear-out and replace.
Winn says the concrete substrate was in good shape, but the color was horrendous. “It was ‘Miami Vice’-era ugly,” he says, referencing the 1980s TV show’s now out-of-date style. “It was three different shades of pink with three different surface textures — stamped, light broom and heavy broom.”
The multiple colors and textures added a challenge for the WinSol crew in achieving an even tone throughout the project. But the end result was a successful makeover, with main portions of the concrete transformed with Revive in Sombrero Buff and borders done in Western Brown.
Winn says his company has completed Revive Color Refresher projects for homeowners and commercial clients alike. “Even when it’s an application on plain gray concrete, our clients love it because it offers a fresh look for their project,” Winn adds.