Wednesday, December 23, 2009
A couple in River Falls, WI did just that. Their lower level was remodeled to mimic a hockey rink. With rink boards, jerseys and hockey frames, there was only one piece left to set this "hockey center" apart, a hockey concrete countertop.
The countertop was a total of 12 feet long, colored wicker tan, and included all types of hockey equipment and memorabilia. The parents chose their daughters skates, helmet, gloves, sticks, and medals to embed into the countertop. To mask the seams in the large top, two hockey sticks were placed to give the illusion of one large precast piece.
The result was impressive. This family truly has a one-of-a-kind countertop. And we delivered it just in time before all the Holiday parties.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
250 quotes and 2,600 square feet in memory of N
The Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Parish in St. Paul, MN put on a fundraiser for its private school. The fundraiser consisted of featuring an area in the front
entrance to the school commemorating loved ones and past members of the school and parish.
The 35 year old concrete was tore out and poured new with an integral color, Slate Gray. This 2,600 square foot area was then etched with a retarder to create a
beautiful Sand Cast texture.
All 250 quotes were then sand blasted into the concrete where we previously cut faux joints in the shape of the Nativity emblem. Instead of a separate pour or
staining, we sealed the surface with two different products, Siloxean and Acrylic
Solvent Based Sealer. These sealers created two different finishes on the Sand Cast accenting the boarders, stairs, and sandblasted areas.
Nativity now has a beautiful entrance to the school where people take note of it’s history and legacy. To you Nativity, we say thank you.
Friday, October 2, 2009
A boy scout statue stood alone for many years unnoticed. As an effort by the Hudson community, a plaza area was designed around this statue to commemorate the achievements of the Boy Scouts.
A Sand Cast texture was chosen because of its durability and cost effectiveness. This texture resembles sand blasted concrete and can incorporate specialized colored sands and or aggregates. This mix however, used the typical concrete mix.
The plaza area had two separate pours. One Pour was integrally colored with Oxford Brown. The second pour was a Beach Sand. The Beach Sand texture was later stained with an Mission Brown to accent squares in front of the benches that surround the plaza.
A monumental feature was precasted to hold all the names of the donators and a write up of the history of the Boy Scouts. This 1200 lb precast piece was stained mission brown to match the accent squares.
The Boy Scout statue now is a focal point of the Hudson down town river front area. The plaza now adds beauty and elegance to the walkways that surround the Pier and St. Croix river area of Hudson, WI.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Concrete Arts teamed up and worked closely with Charles Cudd De Novo in creating the architectural exterior work for the Dream Home in Orono, MN. With such strong features, walk ways, patios, stoops, and the pool areas needed to match the artistry of the home's rich, classic décor.
There was over 3,500 square feet of concrete work for the home’s exterior. A traditional Ashlar slate pattern was chosen with a simple saw cut border deemed the perfect choice in featuring the home’s exterior. Curved edges and design scores added interest and detailing that created focal points for large areas and walk ways.
To match the home’s exterior, Concrete Arts created a custom color to integrally color the decorative concrete. An antique release was sprayed on to add dimension and depth. Take a look at the photos below!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
How the driveway was laid out just shows how a little creativity can add so mush depth and beauty to a home. This home is truly unique because of this driveway. It allows for guests to wonder about the beauty that lies within the home when driving/walking to the home.
See the great pictures below.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
The new site was designed to allow the consumer to view as many projects without getting overwhelmed. With hopes to inspire new ideas for your home or work place, this site features elements that allow for minds to wonder with thoughts on how to create your new patio, walkway, countertop, driveway, Fireplace etc.
Browse through the site and let us know how you feel. Suggestions are always welcomed. http://www.concretearts.com/
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
In The Grove Music
In The Grove Music which is located in Downtown Minneapolis has an existing concrete flooring that was cracked and in rough shape. With the walls newly redone, the flooring needed to match the design aesthetics. The MicroTop application was laid down smooth and then stained a patina mottled look. Below are a few pictures of the areas resurfaced.
Heart Breakers in Uptown Minneapolis was a unique situation. The lower basement had a platform in the corner that they wanted to blend in with the rest of the old and scuffed up existing concrete. To blend it in, we made a slant from the platform to the base and applied the MicroTop with rough trowel marks to give the illusion of scuffed marks that had been there for years. This application was very cost effective for Heart Breakers because of the cost savings on not tearing out the existing flooring or leveling the platform base. Below are a few pictures of this resurfaced area.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
The office staff wanted to play up the area for rinsing and washing with a nature and sea theme. It was important for them to create a fun atmosphere while still holding true to who they are. One element that made them unique was the tagline the company has utlized for years, "Be Happy With Your Smile."
The project below shows the different sea and natural elements that tie in with the tagline.
Notice the natural and sea details:
- Wave of the tagline