Professionally installed concrete surfaces have been proven to effectively improve the overall flow of a home and maximize backyard entertaining opportunities.

Custom Concrete Contracting recently completed this stamped concrete patio project for a custom home near Bellingham, WA. The spacious new patio improves accessibility and flows beautifully from multiple living areas inside the home.

Our crews framed and installed the patio and stairs shown below; we used rebar throughout the project to increase the patio’s strength and durability.

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Image:  Stamped concrete stairs, with stone facing detail

Note: the stairs were framed and poured separately from the patio slab so a slice of stone façade would be visible as an architectural detail.

The stamped concrete texture selected for this project was called “heavy stone” – it’s definitely one of the most popular patterns our Whatcom County customers choose.  This patio project also included additional saw cut lines that were added for decorative appeal.

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Image:  Extra saw cuts were added as decorative detail

Note: check out our inspiration boards on Pinterest to see samples of many other decorative concrete designs. http://pinterest.com/customconcrete/

Homeowners love colored concrete!  A special charcoal colored release agent was used on this project to keep our texture mats from sticking to the wet concrete.  The color from that product does a great job of adding subtle color to the surface by highlighting the contours and texture of the concrete.

Image: This heavy stone texture finished is a popular choice for homeowners

To complete the project, Custom Concrete Contracting used a high quality acrylic sealer to create a glossy finish that looks great year-round.

As you can see, there is a lot that goes into building a high quality patio.  We think this combination of texture, saw cuts, color, and sealant made a great looking residential patio.  What do you think?