Fireplace Renovation, Even in Spring and Summer

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For many of us, winter is over. We still have come relatively cool spring days ahead of us, but the fires and heavy comforters are no longer necessities. So, you might ask why anyone would suggest revitalizing the fireplace just as spring and summer are blooming?

It’s a great way to spruce up your home’s interior.

The fireplace is a viewpoint in your home. Yes, it’s there to be functional, but even homes in locations that don’t see strong winters can have fireplaces. That’s because they’re also considered aesthetic pieces; they add to the appearance of your home. So, when is the last time yours was renovated? If you’ve been wanting to change a little something in your home but don’t know what, consider the fireplace. Or, add the fireplace to your list of renovations. You don’t have to gut and replace everything. You can have new stone put in, tile, fixtures, or you can have some staining and painting done. There are lots of possibilities and even the smaller ones can make a big difference.

Have it ready when you might need it.

Sure, there may not be many calls for a fire in the house. But, summer time makes us wants s’mores. It makes us want to sit around a fire. If you can’t do that outside, you can still do that inside without making things too hot to bear—thanks, in large part, to air conditioning. Get that fireplace ready for family and friends.

You can do it outdoors, too.

Do you want to have those nights around a fire cooking, eating, talking, drinking, camping? You don’t have to go to a campground and you don’t have to ruin your backyard. You can have a nice fire pit, or outdoor fireplace—chimney and all—in your backyard. You can have it on the patio, on stones in the middle of the yard, wherever is appropriate. It’s not just a fun piece; when you have it designed and installed by a professional, it’s made to look like a lovely, decorative extension of your home.

Do you want this sort of fireplace renovation? Contact us at Stamped Artistry.

The Stained Concrete Driveway

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Feaux-falg4Driveways are highly functional. We don’t consider them much when it comes to renovation for aesthetics. If they’re cracked, we have them fixed because our tires bump every time we drive over them, and because they are unsightly that way. However, how often do you really notice a driveway because it is so very nice-looking?

A driveway like that is possible to have. Stained concrete is a way to make it happen. You can have the best-looking driveway in the neighborhood with stained, and even stamped concrete. Plus, it offers more than just great look.

It’s durable. If you’re worried about something that nice being out in the weather, don’t be. Stained and stamped concrete is sealed and meant to last. Its surface is tough and it’s even stain resistant. It is even made to resist chipping and fading.

It’s not too expensive. Despite how nice it looks, stained concrete can be very affordable. It is even less costly than some more common materials.

It’s better for your tires. It’s not good for our tires to roll on rough surfaces all of the time. Sure, standard concrete will do, but it’s boring and cracks over the years. Stained concrete is finished to a shine in any color mixture you like. It is laid smooth with good traction. You’ll never have a problem with your tires on this driveway.

It’s nice enough to be extra hosting space. If you don’t have a patio, or you just need some extra space for entertaining, a driveway this nice is a great place to do it. Suddenly, your driveway seems far more functional, as it’s nice enough to use for more than driving and parking your car.

Get the nicest driveway in your neighborhood. Call Stamped Artistry today and ask about stained and stamped concrete driveways.

Rain Damaged Concrete

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IMG_20120516_111622Concrete is a very durable thing. It lasts for years and, if it gets good care, it can last a lifetime. Your average sidewalk may crack over a few years, but sturdy, stylish, stained and stamped concrete at your home can remain attractive as long as you want, if you maintain it. Because, when concrete is exposed to the weather, it will be affected. Rain and water damage are real risks.

Defense is the beginning of concrete rain damage care. It prevents the damage from ever happening, or significantly reduces the likelihood. When the concrete is laid, it should be treated with protection and sealed. This is included in the installation of most stains and stamped concrete.

However, should the damage occur anyway, don’t leave it to get worse. As long as you pay a little attention to the state of your concrete, any damage you may notice will probably be mild, or not go far past the surface. This is a good thing because fixing it will not be so difficult. For major issues, resurfacing might be necessary.

The type of repair will depend on the amount of damage and the type of concrete. Mild damage on a brushed finish might just need a professional scrub. This could hurt smoother, shinier concrete, however, and resurfacing entirely might be required in that case. If your concrete is stained and stamped, this might be a lengthier, more involved process that includes re-staining and applying overlays. A professional will have to perform this.

If your current drive way or patio has been for a very long time, you may want to consider getting something completely new, rather than revitalizing the old. For example, if your patio is as it was when you first moved in, water damage could be the perfect excuse to get something new that you like better.

Don’t let rain damaged concrete ruin your day. Call us at Stamped Artistry. We’ll protect your concrete, revitalize it, or construct new stained and stamped concrete for you.

Customization and Concrete Countertops

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countertopsThe kitchen is meant to be a comforting space. It is where people go to nourish and feed themselves, and to get creative with ingredients for their own culinary masterpieces. So, it’s understandable that people become tired of cheap, laminated countertops that wear within short periods of time and are easily scratched. Among the alternate choices is concrete. Concrete countertops are not sidewalks in the kitchen. They are popular choices that have the ability to be stylized according to almost any décor. More importantly, they are durable and perfect for the busy, messy work in the kitchen. Renters have no choice, but many homeowners are discovering that concrete is the ultimate medium with which they can create the perfect countertops for their kitchens.

The demand for concrete countertops has risen recently. This is, in large part, due to design options that suit all styles. Yes, a customer can select from pre-made versions that are cast in molds and sold as-is. However, the more discerning homeowner can have their countertops designed, created, and finished to their specifications. Some prefer to have the job done in the kitchen; the mold is set directly on the cabinets and filled with concrete. Whatever the choice, the results are always one-of-a-kind.

Creating concrete kitchen countertops is like an art form.

Professionals can design their own, unique style by using select ingredients in the mix. Most work with homeowners to create the best look for a home that matches the interior. Some work with interior designers who are having a home renovated for sale.

The end result is a custom, durable countertop. Colors, sheens, metallic and other particles, cuts, and much, much more can all be customized. These countertops don’t have to be in the kitchen, either. If you love them, you can put them almost anywhere you have countertops, including outdoors.

Call us at Stamped Artistry. We can give you your custom concrete countertops that match your style and your life.

Maintain Your Stained Concrete

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Stained DrivewayStained concrete can be a beautiful addition to almost any home. The ability to get creative with style and color means many possibilities to make it match with décor. It is also a durable type of flooring, capable of lasting for years. It looks particularly good outdoors as patio and pool area flooring. Of course, like any other flooring, it requires care to keep it looking its best. If you’ve noticed that your floors have lost their sheen, here are some tips to help you maintain your stained concrete.

Start with a good clean.

First, if you clean your floors regularly, do so with professionally recommended materials. Not all cleaners are made equal, and some may dull the shine on your stained concrete faster. Ask a professional what you should use.

Reseal your floors.

Stained concrete is sealed during installation for protection. It’s made to withstand time, weather, UV rays, stains, moisture, and much more. That is also what gives the floor its shine. It is far better than standard concrete. To maintain this protection, you should have your floors resealed from time to time—every few years, ideally. This is particularly important for stained concrete that sits directly in the sun every day. You may be able to go longer between resealing projects if your floor is protected by shade and cover.

For some, resealing may be a DIY project. It is possible if you have some experience with similar work. However, there are some things you could consider before attempting it. If there are stains, chips, or cracks, those will have to be addressed before resealing. In some cases, those are things that professionals should handle. You want to make sure to get the right sort of cleansers to remove stains, as well as the proper sealant.

Generally, it’s better to let a professional come in and help you maintain your stained concrete floors. Call us at Stamped Artistry. We’re happy to help you find the floor of your dreams, get it installed, and keep it looking its best.

Add an Outdoor Fire Pit

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FIREPITSWith a beautiful outdoor space to complement your home, you may find yourself playing host to friends and family more often. There’s an understandable pride many people feel when their home is at its best. Imagine if you could add s’mores, roasts, and the general lovely glow of a warm fire to the list of fun activities you could do with people in your backyard. If you have never considered adding a fire pit to your yard, think about having one built now for more backyard fun throughout this year.

You can have all the warmth and fun of a campfire right in your backyard. A well-designed outdoor fire pit adds a modern, aesthetic appearance to the rustic look of the standard fire. Fire pits have become popular, and their designs are more creative and multifaceted as a result. Your contractor can construct a permanent one in your yard and you can choose from a variety of materials, such as stamped concrete.

Wood and gas burning pits are the most common choices. Some people find that gas fire pits are more convenient, but, for some, the sounds and smell of a wood fire cannot be replaced. No matter what sort of fire you have, you need fire-resistant materials. Stamped concrete, stones, bricks, and similar substances are all possibilities.

The pit must be set on a fire-resistant surface, such as a stone or concrete patio, or other similar outdoor area. The pit itself can be designed to suit your overall outdoor décor, or be a new, elegant piece to enhance your home. Stamped concrete may be particularly helpful because it is less expensive than some materials, such as real stone, but it can also be made just as attractive in appearance.

Make your outdoors space even more enjoyable and give yourself a place to host campfire fun. Add an outdoor fire pit to your yard. Call us at Stamped Artistry and let us help you design a great fire space.

Pool Renovation with Stamped Concrete

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Pool-deckSwimming pools add touches of extra fun and beauty to homes. You and your children find hours of fun together, or you may enjoy relaxing in the water, or out of it. Yet, over time even the nicest pool could use a renovation.

You don’t have to have a pool like every other in the neighborhood. There are many possibilities for its appearance. Pool renovation with stamped concrete is just one example. Colorful stamped concrete has the potential to be a beautiful addition to your pool area. In addition to being decorative, it is lasting and doesn’t require a lot of maintenance.

Stamped concrete can handle the outdoor elements and time, as well as chlorinated pool water. Of course, slipping is always a concern around the pool, particularly for parents. You can easily get some traction by having nonskid elements added to mixes and sealants.

You also have many options for design, which isn’t always so with other materials. Stamped concrete can come in many colors and textures. With some help, you can design patterns and shapes, choose from stains and pigments, and get creative. A contrasting pool border adds some originality to a design. You can have light colors that help prevent the area from becoming too hot in the sun, or darker shades to match your aesthetic preferences. Extend the stamped concrete by adding some steps, or a path to a nearby small seating area so that the adults can sit out near the pool and enjoy the sun while the kids play in the water.

Have you been considering updating your pool area? It’s still early in the year, but summer will be here before you know it. Try pool renovation with stamped concrete. Call us at Stamped Artistry and tell us about your dream swimming pool, and let us help you make it come true.

Add Flair with Metallic Flooring

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MetallicsHave you considered metallic flooring? It may not be as odd as you think. In recent years, metallic color varieties have increased according to demand. Metallic flooring has become more popular lately; it’s as easy to install as any other type of flooring, not too costly, almost any flooring specialist can help you, and it adds a special something to your business, or anywhere you choose to put it.

Metallic flooring had some popularity in the 90s. Thanks to more color availability, they’re being offered and installed more often again. If you have been considering some changes, they may add the perfect touch of color to your home—a flair for the new year.

These floors, when installed well, are durable. They resist all sorts of wear, including abrasions, impacts, and chemicals. You don’t need to wax, and after a long period has passed, you get back any shine lost by a simple refinishing. They are particularly great for sprucing up a business where there is a lot of foot traffic, such as a restaurant or bar.

Metallic floors are created with a combination of pigmented primer and then a metallic pigment base coat. Colors can vary widely; you can have a solid color primer, or a primer with metallic shine, and then yet another color, or metallic base coat. Then, a coating will have to be sprayed, and after a day the top coat is added. Finishes can be glossy or satin.

Consider adding some shine and flair to your floor for the coming year. Metallic flooring is not passé—thanks to the range of colors and styles you can create something simple, or something wild. Call or come to us at Stamped Artistry, and let us show you the possibilities for this stylish flooring system so we can get started now.

Holidays on the Patio

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IMG_20131204_121759The holidays are passing, but we are still gathering for the New Year and other reasons this season. Just because the temperatures are down for many doesn’t mean that the patio has to be left out in the cold. If you are having friends and family over this season, there are ways to holidays on the patio and make it people-ready, even if the weather outside seems frightful.

Stamped concrete is as nice as any indoor floor.

You can set up a table on the patio—large or small—and offer your guests dinner, drinks, and more, and not have to worry about spills, unstable tables, or anything else. Stamped concrete is nice enough for indoor floors and strong enough for the outdoors. It is easily cleaned, too. Don’t feel like your guests must be inside because the patio isn’t as nice. Stamped concrete, among other types of patio flooring, is just perfect.

You can have counters and more for cooking outside.

Have you ever thought that you wanted more than an outdoor grill? Perhaps you wanted counter tops, a sink, and a stove. Well, concrete countertops are excellent for a patio counter that surrounds all of those other things. You can cook and serve out on the patio with concrete countertops of almost any color and style you can imagine.

You can safely warm things up with a fire.

There are plenty of options for keeping the patio warm when it’s cold. You can light a fire in a patio pit or stove, get an outdoor-safe space heater, and more. Additionally, you can make, or buy, drapes or netting that surrounds the patio area and helps keep the warmth where you want it. Candles make for lovely mood lighting and add to the more comfortable temperature.

If you want some help prepping for holidays on the patio, we can help you spruce up your patio floors and countertops. Call us now and don’t wait. The year will soon be over.

Making Your Patio Look Amazing with Stamped Concrete

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IMG_20131018_111929If you have a patio in your home, you may be tired of its look. Too many people do not use their outside spaces because those spaces are dull and uninspired. You want to make the most of your outdoor living areas, treating them as extensions of your house that reflect your personality and that look beautiful. You can do this with help from Stamped Artistry.

Stamped Artistry can work with you to create a patio design that will form the background for a wonderful outdoor living space. With our help, you can make a patio in the colors and styles that you want. Finish off your beautiful concrete patio with some comfortable patio furniture that matches your new beautiful patio floor, and you will have a nice outdoor space where you and your family can enjoy spending quality time together. Contact Stamped Artistry today to find out more about the different ways in which we can help you to make your patio nicer than you ever dreamed.