This family wanted a natural, wilderness-style backyard complete with natural stone fire pit, a spa, a freeform swimming pool and waterfall. Their backyard now looks like a mountain resort, complete with deer grazing on the hill. The multi-level waterfall splits into several spillways as it cascades toward the swimming pool. A cast concrete bridge stamped to look like wood planks crosses over the lap pool. Colorful planting pockets soften the hardscaped areas.
A stamped finish can refresh a concrete driveway and its borders. A spray treatment and textured roller were used on this driveway to give the surface a realistic look, says Mike Dussling, owner of Concrete Resurfacing Products, based in Suwanee, Ga.
Neutral Southwest-Style Kitchen With Curved Island
Rustic cabinetry and copper are illuminated by a large curved wall of windows and simple pendant lighting. Accenting the Southwest-style kitchen, a round stamped concrete countertop is a unique alternative for a kitchen breakfast bar.
Textured Fireplace Adds Southwestern Flavor to Living Room
An arched ceiling and architectural columns make this neutral living room feel expansive and elegant. The focal point in the room is the floor-to-ceiling fireplace, which has been given an additional, unique quality with pattern-stamped concrete.
The old, cracked driveway has been replaced with stamped concrete that looks like brick, coordinating well with the walkway leading to the porch. The driveway's dark gray border adds an accent that echoes the dark green window casings on the garage and house.
Rehab Addict: Nicole Works Installs Cement Floor with Crew
Nicole is working first hand with the concrete crew to ensure that the job as the install a cement floor, as seen on DIY Network's Rehab Addict. Part of the basement floor will feature a stamped concrete design that Nicole is carrying. After the cement was poured she wanted to change up the location of the design and hand carried to another part of the floor.
Consider alternative materials for creating your outdoor room. Shells, wine bottles, crushed glass and fossils make stunning outdoor countertops. Using different hardscape materials — like stamped or stained concrete — can save you a bundle while infusing the backyard with style.
Contemporary Backyard Renovation With a Relaxing Pool
Once bland and trimmed with overgrown bushes, this renovated backyard now features a newly gray tiled pool and covered dining and kitchen area. The tall bushes and trees were removed to reveal a stunning view, while the worn stamped patio tiles were swapped for a simple gray cement.