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How to Create Iconic Playgrounds With Concrete – Part 2: Concrete Slides

Showing completed Concrete Slides at High Prairie Park

Concrete slides provide a customizable and architectural-looking option for those searching for innovative playscape features. No matter the theme or design, Colorado Hardscapes has the resources to take your playground vision and turn it into something concrete. Why Concrete Slides? High Customizability   The leading reason why architects choose to add concrete slides to their playground […]

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At the Heart of Hardscapes

Colorado Hardscapes Logo with Lithomosaic letters.

We define “Hardscapes” as the solid, man-made, lasting components of landscape architecture. Flatwork, walls, rockwork, water features, fireplaces, etc. are all examples of hardscapes. Origin of the name “Colorado Hardscapes” In 1994, we decided to change our name from Van Heukelem Concrete, Inc. in order to distinguish ourselves in the concrete industry. While choosing a new […]

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How To Create Iconic Playgrounds with Concrete – Part 1: Artisan Rocks

Using artisan rocks on the playground at Mehaffey Park Playground

By installing decorative concrete, more specifically, artisan rocks, to parks and playgrounds, Colorado Hardscapes supports the mission to create better futures for Colorado communities. Play structures can make or break the popularity of a community park/playground. Not only should these play structures be fun, but they should also help build social skills, fine and gross […]

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Concrete Samples – The Key to Success

Our concrete sample maker troweling a concrete sample for a client in our sample bay.

Our concrete samples have become a large part of our reputation at Colorado Hardscapes as we strive to establish expectations. Every concrete contractor has had the “This concrete looks wrong.” conversation before. Of course, that could be due to a careless contractor, but most times, that conversation occurs because of poor communication with the client. […]

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What Is Decorative Concrete?

Courtyard with white cement concrete on walkways showcasing decorative concrete.

When you picture concrete, you probably think of dull, gray surfaces — designs that are durable but not exactly imaginative. And while that might be true of some concrete structures, the material also offers tons of potential for art, design, and decorative concrete. With the right finishes and patterns, concrete can add interest and inspiration […]

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Concrete in Public Art

Pictured above – Village of Five Parks Public Artwork in Denver Some of Denver’s most popular art pieces include DIA’s “Blue Mustang” by Luis Jiménez, “I See What You Mean” (Blue Bear) by Lawrence Argent and the three-piece “Cloudscape” sculpture by Christopher Lavery. Unknown to many, Denver requires 1% of all Public Improvement Project budgets […]

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