The Hardscaper Blog:

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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Celebrating Our 75th Anniversary

Celebrating our 75th Anniversary with a variety of decorative concrete projects we think are the most memorable.

We are celebrating our 75th anniversary this year, and with such a significant milestone, we have a lot to be thankful for. We would first like to acknowledge our valued clients, the design community, and developers. It’s been a pleasure working alongside you to create a more beautiful and memorable Colorado. There’s nothing like driving […]

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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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Broom Finish vs Sandscape® Concrete; Which is better?

Exterior amphitheater with broom finished flatwork

Over the past decade, Broom Finish and Sandscape® (Sand Finish) Concrete have been our two most desired concrete finishes. So, what is the difference between the two, and how do you figure out which option is the best for you? Before anything else, let’s define each one. What is Broom Finish Concrete?: Broom Finish concrete […]

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