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May 9, 2014
RESIDENTIAL DECORATIVE CONCRETE
Owner/developer: Nick and Patricia Coluccio
Project team: ACS Custom Homes, general contractor; Mark Muir, architect; Absolutely Fine Concrete, concrete contractor; Stoneway Concrete, ready-mix supplier
The concrete contractor was initially asked to revive more than 10,000 square feet of existing concrete at Diamond S Ranch in Bellevue.
"It would be tough to bring it back to life," the contractor says. "I encouraged the client to tear it all out and start fresh."
The concrete design followed a ranch theme, including use of a wood-plank stamp.
Wherever there was vehicle traffic, Roman slate bands and ribbons were installed for aesthetics and crack control.
Horse stamps were added to the mix to enhance the rustic feel. A carpenter even created a custom 6-by-6-foot horse stamp for both entrances and the main foyer.
There were a couple of advantages to using stamped concrete and ready mix instead of wood. Concrete doesn't rot, and it holds up to vehicle traffic, including dump trucks, motor homes and commercial vehicles.
Textured stamped concrete can also develop character over time.
If resealed biyearly the product will look good and sustain its class for a very long time.