This is a project we complete a couple months ago! and WOW. We are
extremely proud of this one! Our customer gave us full creative ownership
on this project! When we have a customer that respects our profession and
doesn't put artistic sanctions on our ability, it makes for a great project!!!
So, a huge thank you to the McCollum's for allowing us to have such a pleasant work environment!
This project started with simple phone call. At our initial consult, Brenda (Mrs. McCollum) wasn't sure what she wanted, but new she wanted something unique and different and only had a couple request!
So, instantly my creative wheels started turning! Upon arrival, I noticed their yard had a fair amount of slope away from the house! This allowed me to design this with steps. I always love designing patios with multiple tiers. So, after our first consult I emailed them back with this CAD drawing.
"I was expecting something more round" - Brenda
I decided I need retreat back to the McCollum's site to get a better understanding of what they were looking for in there patio. There a few key things to consider
when designing a patio.
We have come to the conclusion that she trust whatever we decide and would just like to see the patio more round! Check and mate! Got it!
Now onward to our start date! The first step was placing and finishing the
top tier. We capped 4" of concrete over the existing concrete to avoid all the mess and this allowed us to have three different levels!! We stamped this in our Venetian Slate Pattern. We chose Alabama Pigments Greystone Color and Weathered Tan for our Secondary Color.
And.. This is where is gets technical!
Median Alabama Ochre and Weathered Tan Secondary Color. The small space on the second level to the west of the home was pretty much an un-usuable space. Therefore, we took advantage of this and did a split patten to segregate the space with the two patterns for a nice courtyard feel! This allows the space to have a obvious designation for the patio area. The technical aspect of stamping multiple patterns and hand tooled joints are very difficult. With stamping concrete, one only had roughly 2.5 hours in the summer heat to place, install all hand place joints, and stamp. This can be time consuming so you must be fast and precise.
On to the fun part! Well, we have been having fun, but Mother Nature wanted to play too!
As we were about to place the concrete around the fire pit, the bottom completely dropped!! After a 20 minute downpour, we were ready to place and finish! I know what you are thinking, You can't pour concrete in the mud! Well, Luckily for us, our sub grade sloped well and was well compacted to combat the extra rain! After the rain, we still had terrific compaction and was ready to go!
Now that Concrete is placed stamp, it is now on to Sealing. We seal these jobs with a Concrete Cure and Seal! This allows the concrete to cure from the inside out slower which makes the concrete harder! It also, leaves a nice gloss and protects he surface from stains.
A concrete outdoor living space isn't complete without landscape!
I wanted something simple for the landscape. They already have many dynamics going on with the various textures, patterns, and colors. So in this case, I felt less was more.
We are very please with how this project turned out and we would like to thank the McCollums for such a pleasant work environment. If we could give an award for best customer of the year.. you guys would be in the top Tier! We appreciate you trusting Foxcrete with such an important upgrade to your home!