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What to look for when selecting a decorative concrete contractor

When comparing bids from decorative concrete contractors, it's important to know some qualifying factors. Many times people will come to us asking why our concrete ...

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Water Features at Foothills Mall

The newly renovated Foothills Mall has new life to it in Fort Collins with the new design, new layout and 2 outstanding water features. An ...

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Rock walls in Loveland manufactured locally in Colorado

Colorado Hardscapes' di Giacomo group worked with ECI Site Construction, Logan Simpson Design and the City of Loveland to create the playground walls at Mehaffey ...

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Fallen Fire Fighters remembered in Colorado Springs

Colorado Hardscapes had the honor of placing the specialty concrete at the Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial in Colorado Springs. Amongst the granite slab memorials, Colorado ...

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Custom Polished Concrete Benches at the DIA South Terminal Expansion Project

The Denver International Airport South Terminal Expansion project includes a new train terminal for the light rail to come and go from the airport and ...

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Integrated Teamwork Revitalizes River

Colorado Hardscapes proudly installed a concrete fox hollow tree, concrete log steppers, sculpted concrete boulders, a decorative concrete plaza with colorful paving and Sandscape walls, ...

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Decorative Concrete Color Options – exterior

When designing with concrete, many times the easiest or most natural instinct to color concrete is to use integral color. Integral color -color which is mixed ...

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Mehaffey Park Grand Opening!

On Saturday, August 1st, Mehaffey Park opened up to the public in Loveland, CO. The new adventure park, which took years of planning and visioning, ...

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Boulder Tea House Artwork in BikePath

Colorado Hardscapes recently completed the renovations to the bike path outside the Boulder Teahouse. With a combination of blue color hardeners, custom made stones, stamps, ...

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Steele Creek Sandscape Pool Deck

It is officially summer time as all of the pool decks around Colorado open up. The most recent completion by Colorado Hardscapes is the pool deck ...

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The vision of a river

Johnson Habitat Park is officially open in Denver as part of the River Vision. Colorado Hardscapes was honored to be part of this project in ...

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Decorative Concrete Walls

Concrete walls are a functional piece to many designs, but they don't have to be prison-cell gray. Many Colorado designers have discovered that even concrete walls can be ...

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Healthcare Design and Decorative Concrete

With higher demands on health care, the standards for the facilities and their sites continues to increase as well. Colorado Hardscapes completed the decorative site ...

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Concrete and Colors

There's nothing like a rainy day to admire color in exterior concrete. Today was one such day. I visited a project we completed about three ...

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Concrete Stains & Dyes

Stains Reactive stains, also referred to as acid stains or chemical stains, react with the concrete. The reaction creates a variegated appearance on the concrete ...

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Celebrating our employees

We are celebrating the work anniversary of one of our superintendents, Rick Boer. Rick joined Colorado Hardscapes 30 years ago and has been a valuable ...

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Old Stamped Concrete

I swung by one of our older stamped jobs this morning at the Greenland Open Space park. This project is in the realm of 18-20 ...

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Concrete tree along a river in Colorado

Concrete trees are a great addition to playgrounds with their durability and natural implications. Concrete is a durable product that will serve a park for ...

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Pervious Concrete in Colorado

Would you believe me if I told you this uncolored broom finish concrete below is pervious? It's true! And although this is a more utilitarian ...

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California Concrete Field Trip

Last week, the sales team of Colorado Hardscapes visited our friends in California to learn more about concrete and be inspired by the possibilities. We ...

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December’s Job of the Month!

[caption id="attachment_830" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Bomanite stamped concrete medians in Arvada, Colorado[/caption]

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In loving memory of Wendell Van Heukelem

Wendell Van Heukelem - 1917-2014 Wendell Reno Van Heukelem, like many other WWII veterans, married his sweetheart, Eunice, in December, 1945, shortly after returning from his ...

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And the award goes to…. Colorado Hardscapes’ spectacular crews!

Colorado Hardscapes won the award for innovation in polished concrete, new construction for the Denver Art Museum Administration Building Steps! Thank you to our spectacular ...

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Lithocrete Sedimentary Walls

Colorado design typically centers around natural elements. So, it's no wonder that the Lithocrete Sedimentary Walls are growing in popularity! Similar to the rammed earth ...

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Conservatory Green Stapleton Decorative Concrete

A new community, nestled in a redeveloped part of town, starts to buzz with new activity. Once a bustling airport, the Stapleton redevelopment now flourishes ...

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AGC Silver!

Colorado Hardscapes took home Silver for the best Subcontractor project under $2 million for the Denver Union Station Water Feature. Kiewit also took home an ...

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October’s Job of the Month

Here at Colorado Hardscapes, we recognize the most  outstanding job of each month. Our crews work hard on every project, but there is almost always ...

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Template Sandblasting Alternative

We've seen and been involved in many parks, learning landscapes and playgrounds with the growing popular detail of sandblasted images. Sandblasted images are fun, you ...

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Red + Yellow = Red + Yellow

  Did you know you can place red and yellow concrete at the same time and not get orange concrete?! Our men do:

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Concrete’s Little Black Dress

We all know the little black dress is a timeless classic and default piece of many women's wardrobe. It goes with anything, for any event, ...

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Denver Union Station Water Feature – a masterpiece in the heart of the city

[caption id="attachment_734" align="aligncenter" width="840"] Water feature installed by Colorado Hardscapes' Artisans[/caption]

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Albany Medical Center Rooftop Rocks

Project Name: Albany Medical CenterClient Need: Pressley & Associates designed a new rooftop garden for the Albany Medical Center expansion in Albany, NY. The design ...

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Broadstone at Cherry Creek

 Client Need: Alliance Residential needed a turn-key hardscaping contractor to take on the unique hardscaping attributes studioINSITE designed for the Broadstone at Cherry CreekSolution: Alliance ...

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Denver Union Station

 Client Need: Back in September of 2008, Kiewit brought Colorado Hardscapes in to discuss with the design team about paving and water feature options. From ...

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Decorative Concrete at MidTown

Client Need: Midtown LLC decided to create a new housing development just minutes from downtown Denver. Considered a new boutique neighborhood with arts, entertainment and ...

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Even plain concrete can be beautiful

Client Need: Located at the intersection of Speer and Larimer, the University of Colorado Denver welcomed the idea of a new five story Academic Building ...

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Colorado Hardscapes’ Design Center

Have you visited our Design Center lately at Colorado Hardscapes? We have new LithoMosaic samples, Sedimentary wall mock-ups, glow-in-the-dark concrete and more! We are open ...

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Bringing the coast to Broomfield, Colorado

Named “The Bay”, the renovations at the aquatic park in Broomfield fully lives up to the coastal name. The landscape architect, BHA out of Fort ...

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Benedict Park

The landscape architect, Jamie with Stanley Consultants, came to Colorado Hardscapes with a vision to bring decorative colored concrete to the City of Brighton at ...

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Heirloom Clubhouse

In time for the grand opening this Memorial Day weekend, Colorado Hardscapes completed the new paving, countertop, fire pit and polished concrete floors for the ...

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Lithocrete rainbow leads to the treasure of knowledge

The theme of light inspired a new glistening rainbow outside the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Familiar with the design possibilities of Lithocrete, the ...

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Artful Steps at the Art Museum

It took multiple crews from Colorado Hardscapes to install 76 steps, 2 landings and 1200 square feet of specialty polished concrete at the Denver Art ...

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Job Fair Open House at Colorado Hardscapes

Attention concrete finishers and laborers: Colorado Hardscapes is seeking professional flatwork finishers, flatwork form setters, and laborers with a passion for decorative concrete and desire to ...

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Bomanite Polished Concrete Floors at the new Performing Arts Center at Regis High School

Regis High School worked with Larson Incitti Architects in choosing finishes for their new Performing Arts Center. The owner desired a low maintenance yet natural ...

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Upgraded paving at the drive-thru

What you may think of as an ordinary fast food chain is revolutionizing not only the convenience of fast food, but also the aesthetics of ...

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LithoMosaic by Colorado Hardscapes

http://youtu.be/xVb1IPSMLqk Art in public spaces is more of a possibility now than ever before, because now, we can utilize standard paving surfaces as the canvas. ...

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DHA Mariposa Tree Shadow

The new housing development at Mariposa for the Denver Housing Authority required a simple yet elegant design for the lobby space. Shears Adkins + Rockmore ...

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The History of Colorado Hardscapes

http://youtu.be/9AM5DuQtPyI Learn about the adventure Colorado Hardscapes took to be where they are today. Equipped with highly skilled artisans who have grown with the company, ...

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Coffee & Concrete

Join Colorado Hardscapes for an hour on Friday mornings in December for discussions of decorative concrete over coffee. December 6 @ 8:00 am - Concrete Innovations ...

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NREL Detention Pond Restores Natural Habitat with Grasscrete

At the NREL Campus, part of the storm water management plan included a series of detention ponds. The client wanted to restore the natural habitat ...

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LoHi at Line 28 Apartments in Denver

A mixed-use building located on Boulder Street, a block from the HighlandBridge, connects downtown Denver to the Highlands. The owner and designer wanted high-end finishes ...

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Colorado Hardscapes’ Polished Concrete

Colorado Hardscapes' Polished ConcreteAnd the updated Polished page of our website is now live! Let us know if you'd like to see any other information.

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Polished Concrete

I'm revamping our polished concrete section of our website (don't go there yet - it's not updated yet - I'll post another update when it's ...

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Dancing cacti along a street in Tucson

Mass transit is not a new idea in Tucson, Arizona. In 1906, electric streetcars replaced horse-drawn cars. In 1993, the Old Pueblo Trolley heritage streetcars ...

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Stamped concrete enhances the natural design pallete at the new Castle Rock Adventist Hospital

Along the Colorado terrain of Castle Rock, CO, a new hospital emerged from the rolling hills and rocky outcroppings. The hospital’s design used many natural ...

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Albany Medical Center di Giacomo Rocks

My personal favorite projects are Colorado Hardscapes' di Giacomo rock projects. Recently we completed a project for Pressley Associates in Albany, New York. It is ...

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Highland Park Apartments

This new boutique apartment community in the LoHi neighborhood radiates energy through this active neighborhood. This LEED Gold building, complete with on-site yoga and cyber ...

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Architectual Concrete Walls

Concrete flatwork has dominated the focus when decorative or architectural concrete has been discussed in the Denver area.   However, there are many options and opportunities ...

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Wadsworth Station Open for Commuters

Client Need: In June of 2010, a meeting was held with Denver Transit to discuss the feasibility of having decorative Sandscape finish atop a bridge ...

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Denargo Market

Denargo Market is in the final stages of completion in Denver, CO. Under the direction of the general contractor, MPC, Colorado Hardscapes installed the high-end concrete finishes ...

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Employee Profile- Christy Bol

[caption id="attachment_387" align="alignleft" width="206"] Colorado Hardscapes' Employee- Christy Bol[/caption]         Christy Bol has been part of the team at Colorado Hardscapes for ...

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Ack! A ghost! Understanding the pre-construction review of polished concrete floors.

At Colorado Hardscapes, we do our best to help customers set realistic expectations. Sometimes it is difficult to foresee all of the potential site conditions ...

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2020 Lawrence Fire Feature Photos

The fire feature at 2020 Lawrence is officially complete! Check out the photos of the GFRC rock and polished concrete top that makes this custom ...

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Recycled stained glass window shattered on new concrete floors

Great green designers love to re-use pieces from old buildings for new construction. Architectural firm, Aller Lingle Massey, had this vision when designing the new Lory Student ...

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Loveland Library – creating a concrete floor of earth, water and wood

When Loveland Library began the renovation of their Loveland Galleria library, they started to consider ways to enhance their existing flooring surface. The options seemed ...

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Concrete Art Adorns City Set

City Set is a new mixed-use development in Glendale, CO. A Hilton Garden Inn sits on one side, a Marriott Residence Inn on the other, ...

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Custom Fire Pit at 2020 Lawrence in Denver

This new custom firepit made from GFRC and polished concrete adorns 2020 Lawrence Street's new lobby

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Downtown Denver Concrete

Earlier this year, Colorado Hardscapes completed two beautiful projects near the Union Station redevelopment: The new Davita  building and 1900 16th Street. These two new ...

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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Progress

We're getting even closer to the completion of the new Encounter Africa exhibit at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo! Portions of the exhibit are already open for ...

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Zion National Park – new floors at the Visitor’s Center

Located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin and the Mojave Desert in Utah, Zion National Park encompasses 229 acres of diverse landscape. ...

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New interior concrete portfolio is on its way – here’s a sneak peak:

If you have a client that would like to peruse some interior concrete flooring examples or brainstorm for ideas, check out our latest portfolio of ...

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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo – getting closer!

What was already the coolest zoo I've ever been too, is about to get even better. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's Encounter Africa exhibit is nearing completion! ...

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Concrete can be art

This polished red concrete sphere with red glass will be one of a few cherries that will adorn the new City Set project in Denver ...

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Water Feature at Manhattan II Apartments in Denver, CO

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Rivers of Concrete in Arizona

Courtyard by Marriott ​Location:                                    Scottsdale, AZ General Contractor:          WE O'Neil Construction Architect:      ...

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West Valley Plaza & Promenade

As a decorative concrete contractor, there is nothing more satisfying than walking through a finished project with the landscape architect, while both of you admire ...

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Southglenn Water Feature

Did you know that Colorado Hardscapes installs high end commercial water features?

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On the rocks with salt?

No, it’s not margarrita time, but winter is over where salt most likely met the pavement. Unfortunately, the results do not resemble the Margarittaville picture ...

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Function finally meets beauty in porous paving

In order to offset the damage done by several inferior installations of pervious concrete, Colorado Hardscapes, Inc. partnered with an Arizona-based company, Progressive Hardscapes, to ...

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Who knew pervious concrete could look so good?

Pervious concrete has a reputation of not being the prettiest concrete. But, since it's innovative and sustainable, Colorado Hardscapes decided not to give up on ...

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Concrete as Public Art

This winter Colorado Hardscapes’ Research and Development department explored new possibilities for art in concrete. As a premier decorative concrete contractor, Colorado Hardscapes’ passion for ...

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New Walls at Kent Place

A new development is underway in Englewood on the northwest corner of University Blvd and Hampden Ave., on the former campus of Denver Theological Seminary. ...

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Colorado Hardscapes was recognized at the AGC ACE Awards Friday night

Friday night was the gala of the year for AGC Colorado. The event is where members of the industry dress up and celebrate a year ...

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Progressing in a Hardscape World

Earlier this year, Colorado Hardscapes of Denver, CO, teamed up with Progressive Hardscapes of Phoenix, AZ. Colorado Hardscapes continuously seeks ways to grow and continue ...

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A Sandy Downtown

Typically, when the City of Denver comes to mind, we think of the beautiful views of the mountains, the efficient business network, the vibrant social ...

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Tanner Fountain

This week, my travels took me to Massachusetts, exploring the sites, visiting with family, and taking in the East Coast beauty. While there, I checked ...

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Decorative Pervious Concrete

Really?! Decorative porous concrete? Is that even possible? Unless you like the rice krispie looking concrete, you probably think I'm crazy. But... the innovators at ...

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Mt Carmel, Denver Zoo, and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Well, it has been awhile since I've given any updates, and so much is going on! We have some exciting projects in the works and/or ...

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Happy Earth Day!

Tomorrow is Earth Day! Colorado Hardscapes began its Earth Day rememberance today at Lakewood's Down To Earth Expo at the Lakewood Civic Center Plaza. There ...

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Continuing to be an Award Winning Concrete Company!

On February 23rd, Bomanite announced the annual Bomanite award winners. Colorado Hardscapes walked away with another Gold Award for the Best Exposed Aggregate Systems Project for a ...

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ACE Awards!

Colorado Hardscapes proudly took home an ACE Award and the People's Choice Award from this year's ACE Awards for Mordecai Children's Garden at Denver Botanic. ...

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Urban Splash Park

Barnum Park at 370 Hooker St. experienced a welcome renovation during 2010 thanks to a $1.2 million City of Denver bond project. In addition to ...

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Mordecai Children’s Garden Grand Opening

It was a beautiful cool Colorado morning at today's ribbon cutting ceremony introducing the new Mordecai Children's Garden at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The Colorado ...

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Attractive Pervious Concrete –Oxymoron or Reality?

Pervious concrete – porous yet strong concrete that allows water to soak through – has been around for a long time. In most applications its ...

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Spring Patio Party

Despite the snow and rain, our Spring Party at Colorado Hardscapes was a success on May 13th! The Design Center was bustling with activity while ...

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The Evolution of a Rock Artisan

Phillip di Giacomo and his brother Donald formed di Giacomo, Inc. in 1964, after successfully helping a friend build a waterfall. They focused on rock ...

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Concrete as an artform?

I am fortunate to work with Philip di Giacomo, an unparalleled rock artisan, on a regular basis and learn not only his techniques, but also ...

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The Truth about Interior Concrete Flooring

What to look for when choosing your concrete floor I hear it about once a week, a client comes into our showroom and says something ...

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Unveiling the true characteristics of concrete

Concrete is not new. The technology of concrete is not new. Both have been utilized for thousands of years. However, re-discovering the aesthetic characteristics of ...

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