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Pool Coping and Treads

When designing a new Residence or Commercial Property, consider these ideas to keep up with the trend toward more modern clean lines:

1. Squared off edges on Cast stone copings and caps with either 90 degree edges or a simple 45 degree chamfer.

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2. Choose either a Smooth, Light Texture or Acid Wash finish to enhance the the squared off edges and keep the focus on the shapes rather than the finish.

3. Stay with cooler colors such as Kerckhoffstone White, Marco, or Bristol or paired with our cool greys such as Tarpon, Dolphin, 5 Points Grey, or Charcoal.

4. Use Linear Pavers and running bond patterns in Veneer and panels.

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So you’re ready to landscape your garden! And of course, like any discriminating homeowner, you want to use the highest quality materials you can find. Thus, you’re certainly leaning toward Kerckhoffstone Cast stone to beautify your backyard.

But although Cast stone is a beautiful material, there are just so many options when it comes to using it in and around your home. How do you decide what kind of Cast stone to use? And how much is too much? What features of your yard and garden do you want to highlight, and how?

Here are a few design tips for using Cast stone features in your home landscaping.

Pavestones

There’s nothing more beautiful than a pathway paved with gorgeous and durable Cast stone flagstones. Whether you are creating a footpath from your back porch to your garden, or whether you want to create a lovely path to encircle a pond, flagstones can help to beautify any backyard.

Cast Stone Veneer

You’ve been glaring at the ugly garden wall for ages, without knowing how to fix it up. It’s made of weather-stained concrete blocks, and you experience physical pain every time you see it. If only there was a way to make that wall more attractive without completely tearing it down and starting over.

Lucky for you, there is! Cast stone veneer allows you to adhere thin pieces of Cast stone to that unsightly garden wall. This makes it look as though the whole wall is built of beautiful granite or limestone, when in reality it is an outer shell of Cast stone. Much less expensive, but still perfectly gorgeous!

Fire Pit

This sounds so much more difficult than it is! A cast stone fire pit is simple to build and it immediately adds an attractive and functional piece to any backyard! Creating your own fire pit is an easy three-step process. First, dig out your firepit; second, order a kit from DC Kerckhoff Co or simply purchase your own cast stone wedges, and finally arrange them in a two-layer circular rings. There are plenty of DIY articles and videos available on line. Once you see other beginners give it a try, you will feel much more confident and ready to start building.

Cast Stone Treads

This is even easier than the fire pit. Slabs of staggered simulated limestone or slate can be arranged against a hillside so as to create steps leading to a porch, backyard, or garden. This is a beautiful and simple way to create outdoor stairs – so much simpler than building a staircase out of wood! Although you may spend a little more money on quality cast stone than a porch steps built of two-by-fours, the cast stone steps will last longer and retain their beauty for years to come.

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While smooth stone is certainly the standard for architectural concrete, many people don’t realize the wide array of textured options available to them. At D.C. Kerckhoff, we offer outstanding products for our commercial clientele, helping them build beautiful hotels, residences, and more. Our trademarked Stone Cast™ products are exceptionally high quality, durable, and aesthetic. We aim to inspire our customers to create beautiful balustrades, bases, bowls, buildings, and more. One of the ways we capture our clientele’s imagination is by offering a wide range of finishes for our stone. If you want something more than a smooth finish, read on to learn more about our textured options.

Why Choose Textured?

Smooth architectural elements have their merits, but there are many benefits to textured finishes. The advantages include:

  • Adding accents to pools copings, trims, hardscape, and more.
  • Providing greater depth and complexity to the color and style of stone products. Texture can be an important design decision.
  • Offering more choices for customization. You can decide exactly what kind of texture you would like to create and implement, especially since we engineer a variety of types.
  • Allowing for a greater diversity of design styles.
  • Making your architectural plan unique. Finishes add the final polish to your particular project.

Our Options

Stone is one of the most versatile building materials, in large part due to its texture. D.C. Kerckhoff provides an array of Stone Cast™ finishes to help our clients take advantage of everything this substance has to offer. When you work with our company, you can choose from any of the following for your architectural project:

  • Acid Wash Texture. This is one of our most popular finishes. In his book, Architectural Stone: Fabrication, Installation, and Selection, Mark A. Chacon describes this technique: “acid washed finishes are produced by applying acid to the surface of a stone to create a rustic texture…acid washed finishes will appear different from stone to stone, however, the color generally darkens and a satin sheen is produced.” Acid washing can often creates a shiny, smooth texture with a smattering of small indentations. This treatment can also give the stone a spotted appearance. No two acid washes are exactly alike.
  • ChiselStone Texture. As its name suggests, ChiselStone texture is achieved by using a manual tool to modify various slabs, bricks, or sections. Like acid wash texture, ChiselStone can provide a more classic, antiquated appearance. Since it often has a dark, rough appearance, chisel stone can be reminiscent of castle exteriors.
  • CoralStone Texture. Some of the most beautiful natural stones are those that were once underwater and therefore home to various coral creatures. We mimic the appearance of these ancient materials with our CoralStone texture, manufactured by stamping the slab with subtle patterns and creating slight variations in depth. This finish often includes small pockmarks, streaks, and shell designs.
  • Light Texture. We understand that some clients may want a simpler, less stylistic texture. Our light texture is generally smooth with some depressions, rough patches, and splotches of color variation.
  • Regular Texture. This type of finish is most like organic stone. It is quite rough, with numerous depressions, pockmarks, and streaks. Regular texture is very versatile and provides a natural look.
  • ShellCast Champion Color. Many natural stones were formed beneath the ocean, embedded with and indented by tiny shells. ShellCast Champion Color is relatively smooth, but with small shell pieces, holes, and streaks. This finish may be especially appropriate for seaside structures.
  • ShellCast Polished. This texture is very similar to ShellCast Champion Color, but it is generally darker, smoother, and with larger shell pieces. Like its counterpart, it may be a good choice for oceanfront hotels or buildings in tropical locales.

How We Can Help

The D.C. Kerckhoff team can help you choose the right textured finishes for your project. We have helped numerous clients make the most of their stonework by choosing the right textures. Consider a few of our case studies:

  • We designed a 32-acre garden for the Four Seasons Orlando. To complete such a large undertaking, we needed to utilize and harmonize numerous textures. We created and shipped over 85,000 customized pieces in Light, Regular, and ChiselStone Textures.
  • Smithfield Foods in Virginia approached us to create Stone Cast™ accents for their classic brick building. We used an acid wash finish to highlight the aesthetic of this structure.
  • We manufactured more than 50,000 Light Medium Texture pieces for a gorgeous residence in Long Island, New York.
  • One of our most memorable projects was for Disney Polynesian. We used customized Form Texture to make stone pieces that looked like Sabal palm trunks for theme park planters.

Try Textured Today

Are you looking for something more than a smooth finish? Contact D.C. Kerckhoff today to learn more about our textured finishes or schedule a consultation.

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Concrete is the most widely used building material in the world. As Jay Merrick explained in his Independent piece on the subject: “[concrete is] usually the most banal of building materials…But when [it] is used by brilliant architects and engineers, the results are riveting. Even today, the world’s first iconic concrete structure…the Pantheon in Rome…seems breathtaking.” Many people undervalue the beauty of concrete precisely because this substance is so popular, but it can be molded into stunning creations. If you only shop for stock concrete pieces, you’re missing everything this versatile material has to offer. At D.C. Kerckhoff, we manufacture cast stone concrete items for contractors, architects, designers, and homeowners around the world, so we understand their true potential. In the following blog, we explain the top five reasons to choose custom concrete casting over stock pieces.

1. You can get exactly the look you want.

Our experienced team can make personalized pieces for you according to your specifications. You can choose the tone, style, texture, size, and design of your concrete creations. For example, we offer eight different finishes and more than a hundred standard colors for you to pick from. Fitting pre-made pieces into your plans can be quite a struggle, costing you valuable time and ultimately leaving you dissatisfied with your results. When you work with D.C. Kerckhoff, you can rest assured that your outcomes will meet or exceed your expectations.

2. We’ll help you refine your design.

When you opt for custom concrete casting, our team can also help you make the most of your design ideas. We’ll work closely with you every step of the way. D.C. Kerckhoff even uses advanced computer software to produce detailed shop drawings and digital takeoffs with our advanced computer software.

3. You can trust in the quality of your pieces.

If you purchase stock pieces, you can’t be fully sure how they were made or where they came from. Since it’s such a widely used material, concrete is often mass-produced as inexpensively as possible, which might not bode well for the longevity of your structures. D.C. Kerckhoff has been custom manufacturing concrete for more than four decades, so we know how to do it well. We’ve updated our stone casting techniques to reflect the latest advances and even trademarked our Stone Cast™ name so that customers don’t confuse our extraordinary products with our competitors’. In addition, we make every piece to go above and beyond the American Society for Testing of Materials’ strict standards. The D.C. Kerckhoff team prides itself on our outstanding craftsmanship and high quality. We’d be happy to discuss the manufacturing process with you in more detail so you can feel confident in your concrete pieces.

4. Your concrete pieces will suit their particular function better.

Buying stock pieces for a complicated design can feel a bit like trying to jam a square peg into a round hole. Rather than letting what’s available constrain your plans, you can improve the function of your products by choosing custom concrete casting. We’ll help you design and fabricate pieces that match your needs. D.C. Kerckhoff regularly works on bowls, planters, pool copings, hardscape, balustrades, columns, and more. We’ll make sure your pieces serve their intended purpose while contributing to the aesthetics of your space. To illustrate the functional power of custom casting, take a look at our project for Disney Polynesian. D.C. Kerckhoff used innovative techniques to create concrete pieces that looked like Sabal Palm tree trunks, creating a durable, attractive decorative element that would have been impossible to achieve with stock pieces.

5. You can express your unique personality.

Why would you want cookie cutter concrete when you can have custom casting? We can individualize your design to make it unique. Customized cladding could add unique flair to your exteriors, the right copings and caps could jazz up your gates, and beautiful bases could make your walls stand out. Custom concrete casting can make your home feel more like yours or enhance your business’s brand. For example, by casting over 85,000 distinctive pieces for the Four Seasons Orlando, we helped heighten the luxurious appeal of this landmark hotel.

Contact D.C. Kerckhoff Today for Custom Concrete Casting

Are you ready to experience the benefits of custom concrete casting for yourself? Contact us today to learn more about our services or schedule a consultation.