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Creating Curb Appeal with Your Driveway

September 15, 2015 Outdoor Concrete, Uncategorized 0

Curb Appeal: the visual attractiveness of a house as seen from the street.

 

For many homeowners, incredible amounts of time and effort are put into achieving “curb appeal.” From new windows to flowers to paint color, there is much to be done. We are here to talk about the massive aspect of curb appeal that you may be overlooking…your driveway.

 

While many homeowners are perfectly satisfied with their slab of concrete, others might be looking for a more decorative approach. After all, your driveway takes up about 800 square feet of your yard. Why not make it spectacular?
Well-kept driveways can boost curb appeal and up your property value. We take great pride in knowing that our customers will drive home a little happier after completing these projects. Here are some design ideas that we love!

 

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Patios, Pools, and Porches: Top Trends in 2015

September 10, 2015 Charleston Home 0

There’s not a lot that we love more than outside decor. Every year, we get so excited see the outside decor trends. In honor of the end of the summer, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite trends of the year for patios, pools, and porches!

The Cozy Oasis

We think every backyard needs a cozy area where you can go unwind with a book and your favorite glass of wine. We love this round chair with plenty of fun pillows!

A Cozy Oasis

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The Private Backyard Paradise

With a backyard as gorgeous as this one, you won’t need to leave your house to get to paradise. We are gushing over this pool layout… Just look at that rock fountain!

Private Backyard Paradise

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Wicker There, Wicker Everywhere!

We are loving the look of wicker this year! Make your patio a little more rustic this year with a nice set of wicker chairs or a wicker accent table. The best part? Wicker goes with every color so it’s perfect for any backyard oasis!

Wicker Concrete Porch

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A Personal Touch

Personalize your backyard with concrete engraving. It’s a fun way to add a little something to your backyard!
Engraved Concrete Charleston

What are some of your favorites? Interested in adding concrete engraving to your backyard? 

Four Reasons Why Pet Owners Will LOVE Concrete Floors

August 25, 2015 Concrete Floors Charleston 0

Concrete Floors for Pets

We all love our pets…but from shedding to jumping into mud puddles, they often bring unwanted messes into the house. Perhaps you spend a good chunk of time per day cleaning up after your four-legged friends. We have good news! Did you know that concrete is one of THE most pet friendly options for flooring?

 

Still need convincing? Here are four reasons why pet owners will love concrete floors:

 

Durability

Concrete floors are very hard to damage. Your pet’s claws will not damage concrete floors like they can on hardwood floors. As long as the wax finish is maintained, the floors will be resistant to scratches.

 

Stain Resistant

Sealed concrete floors are totally stain resistant making it impossible for your nice floors to be damaged by nasty stains like pet urine or any other dirty substances they might bring in from the outdoors.

 

Easy to Clean

Concrete floors are extremely easy to clean up if your pet creates an unwanted mess. Just wipe it up with a damp towel, mop, or a broom and it will be like it was never even there.

 

Won’t Trap Allergens

Pet shed not only fur but also dander. Concrete floors don’t absorb fleas or dander like other surfaces can making it very easy to get rid of it and keep everyone in your home a lot healthier!
Have you discovered the ease of pet ownerships with concrete floors? Awesome! Still have questions? Give us a call, we’d love to chat with you about the benefits of concrete flooring!

Benefits of Concrete Floors in Home and Business

August 25, 2015 Concrete Floors Charleston 0

Home and Business Concrete Charleston

For many concrete virgins, the idea of forgoing traditional hardwoods or tile for concrete floors may be a foreign concept. Some fear that concrete will look too cold or industrial in their space. However, concrete is actually incredibly versatile for homes and businesses, with many benefits:

 

Maintenance is a Breeze

Concrete is a great option for those looking for easy maintenance. For residential concrete floors with light foot traffic, an occasional sweeping and damp mopping will do the trick. This will keep the floors looking new for years to come!

 

Concrete is also a great choice for pet owners. Pet dander will not stay trapped in the floors, and provides easy clean up for potential accidents. To maintain look and quality, you can consider sealing or waxing the floors every 3-9 months.

 

Environmentally Friendly

Since many homes are built on a concrete foundation, the installation of concrete floors may simply mean uninstalling whatever has been placed over it. This means that no new materials are needed. By putting to good use what is already there, you are cutting down your carbon footprint.

 

Keep Money in Your Pocket

Concrete is not only inexpensive (ranging from $2-$6 per square foot to polish), it is also incredibly durable. This makes sense for businesses looking to withstand heavy foot traffic or the wear and tear of heavy equipment on floors. This durability will give you peace of mind since it is incredibly hard to damage. A properly sealed concrete surface will last you years to come.

 

Versatility in Design

No, not all concrete has to be the same. At Charleston Concrete Design, we have multiple options for those looking to create a unique and refined look in their home or business. Consider the following:

  1. Concrete Engraving– turn your ordinary, gray concrete into something extraordinary. We stain the existing concrete with a variety of types of stains available. We can also engrave patterns into existing concrete to bring it new life! Here are a few types of engraving patterns to choose from:
  • Stone
  • Tile
  • Slate
  • Custom logos/pattern
  •  Acid Stains and Concrete Dyes- this can provide a transparent, mottled look to existing concrete. In this case, the home or business owner has full control over the look and feel. Colors can be combined, mixed and matched to create the perfect look. Various types of stains and dyes are available for surfaces:
  • Unicolor
  • Opaque
  • Variegated
  • Semi-Transparent

 

If you are interested in learning more about concrete as an option for your home or business, contact us today!

4 Reasons to Polish Your Concrete Floors

August 25, 2015 Polished Concrete Charleston 0

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Polished concrete floors are quickly gaining popularity because of the attractive finish and affordable price. With some cleaning and preparation, almost any concrete floor (new or old) can be polished.

 

Here are four reasons why you should consider polishing your concrete floors:

 

Resistive Materials

Polished concrete is made with resistive materials, making it much more durable than other flooring. Because of its durability, it prevents staining from water or other substances.

 

Easy Care

Polished concrete floors require a lot less maintenance than other surfaces like tile or hardwood. All they require is a little dusting every once and a while. In the event that you do spill something, all you have to do wipe it up with a little water and a towel. It’s as simple as that.

 

Energy Efficient

Polished concrete could actually save you money on your utility bills. Since they shine, they are energy efficient and reflect heat and light. In other words, polished floors won’t break the bank or the environment.

 

Won’t Break the Bank

Polished floors are actually extremely affordable. Prices range from bout $2 to $8 per square foot depending on your desired finish. These floors will make your home look like a million bucks without you having to break the bank.

 

Have we convinced you to revamp your home or business by polishing existing concrete flooring? Give us a call at (843) 568-8765, we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have!

The Charleston Home & Design Show: Fall Edition

August 1, 2015 Charleston Home 0

Charleston Home Show

 

If you’re a true Charlestonian, you know how beautiful the Holy City can be in the fall. This is the time of year we all wait for. It’s not too cold, not too hot, and not too humid. It truly is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy what this city has to offer.

 

It’s also a great time to make a few changes to your home to truly bring it to life.

The Charleston Home & Design Show: Fall Edition takes place this weekend at the Charleston Area Convention Center. While this is an excellent chance for local vendors to showcase their work, there will be plenty of entertainment and value for event goers. The show will feature a special presentation by South Carolina native, Miller Gaffney on Friday and Free Antiques Appraisals on Saturday and Sunday.
This marks the tenth year of this annual event, hosted by Charleston Home + Design Magazine. Be sure to check out their event listing on Facebook and the event website for more information!