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It's another hot sunny day somewhere around the Greenville area of the Upstate and you just want to sit out on your porch in a nice shaded area and relax with the family. Well there are a few ways you can create this great environment that will look great, be the 'go to' spot for your family, and have just enough shade that won't force everyone to just want to go inside. A beautiful pergola with a fan on top of a Kool Deck © decorative concrete patio is one of the ways you can create this ideal environment.
Have you ever said to yourself, I wonder what our back patio would look like if we made it a little bit bigger? I wonder what kind of parties or gatherings could we have in our yard?
Well that’s exactly what this customer said out in Mauldin, South Carolina. They had an existing concrete patio where they did some events and had people out on their backyard, but wanted to know what someone could design. The imagined a bigger patio that could host many more gatherings would look like. We took this idea and came up with a design that extended the existing 12’ x 12’ concrete patio in the backyard across the entire back of the house. This would make the space a lot more usable to the needs of the owners.
To do this we poured concrete in a frame that would give the design some style by curving the corners and adding some nuances that wouldn’t make the backyard patio simply look bigger. Before pouring though, we added some extra support to the concrete which included footings and rebar in case the customer or future owner decides to put something like a cover or roof on top of the patio. We also added a French drain around the patio’s edge in order to avoid the type of red dirt build up on the patio that is so tiresome to clean every time it rains in the yard.
As you can see the design we came up with and the colors the customer chose make this back patio look like it came with the house! The flag stone simulation with the blue gray colors creates a very natural feel to this yard.
Here’s a nice size concrete job we did in Anderson, South Carolina, which is just southwest of Greenville. It highlights our attention to detail that we place on our resurfacing jobs. As you can see from our sketch the customer approved, we began to draw a design that opened up the space outside within the enclosure and along the side of the house to create an oasis.
In order to do this we created a leveled design that would require forming two levels of retaining walls made out of concrete. We also wanted to connect the walkway along the side of the house with the back enclosure to have a continuous design for people to feel as they entered. We used a slate design in order to create the retaining walls.
Along with this we built a wall fence with decorative concrete wall pillars. As you can see Jose in the picture hand chiseled the blocks on the pillars symmetrically as if there were actual blocks used to make the pillar. “Attention to detail” is a phrase we take very seriously at Unique Concrete Design LLP. With the walkway and the slate pattern overlay around the pool deck we used gray and tan colors along the wall also to tie everything in. The texture along this surface was semi ruff in order to prevent major slips when people walk around this swimming pool, but to also add dimension for the color.
We poured a good amount of flat concrete and then went back over much of it to add the texture and overlay patterns that we are known for instead of doing stamped concrete which many other companies choose to
do. We also included a coat of sealer in order to hold in the color and texture of the concrete.
This beautiful job took place out in Anderson, South Carolina where we poured a free format patio with a bench to connect the back porch with the existing pool. Prior to our arrival the customer had a nice yard with a pool, but any time after it rained this nice grassy yard wasn't ideal for walking across to the pool for friends or family.
With their idea and our design we were able to continue the existing stone pattern of the home and create a patio that looks as if it came with the purchase of the home. Within this patio bench we added soft lighting to provide a great environment for night fall events. We also did the stone work on the bench that extends out to the pool, which follows the stone pattern that came on the rest of the house. On this same bench we included cool deck stones to cover on the top of the bench so that during the summertime anyone can sit without the fear of being burned. This cool deck material is one of our signature details you’ll get when we design a decorative concrete surface for you.
Here is one of our past jobs that we are very proud of. On occasions when a customer has an idea to create something we must go to the drawing board in order to take their idea and create a design that is not just nice, but also feasible. Here you can see a sketch of the design that was exactly what the customer was looking for.
In this particular design we poured the concrete into oval shapes and added a step down area for a fire pit. Many times we deal with customers that have an existing concrete, where we simply prep that concrete and pour our special material on top in order to do a design, but here we had to start from scratch. Pouring this concrete was an easy task, but design for framing this concrete was done by scratch. Jose, the owner of the company, and his men made it happen with little complications.
After pouring the concrete design we begin to use an acrylic concrete material that goes on top of the concrete adding more than 3x the amount of strength in the concrete. We then begin to add the stone like designs by hand and shape the unique designs of the fire pit and grill locations according to the customers choice.
Afterwards we create a color sample for the customer to see in order to get the exact color match unique to their liking. From this color sample we color the entire patio and all the stones with the match. We then finish off the job with a nice sealer to protect it from wear and tear.
Giving you a behind the scenes look at some of the many jobs that Unique Concrete Design LLP has done