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  • The project centered around this fabulous fireplace, which was built of concrete block and veneered with manufactured stone to precisely replicate a picture provided by the homeowner.
  • The stamped concrete pool deck uses a blend of colors similar to those found in the manufactured stone the homeowner had selected for the fireplace and retaining walls.
  • A flagstone pattern enhanced by color hardeners, acid stains, and pigmented release agents replicates the look of real stone.
  • A concrete stairway leading to the pool area uses a matching stamp pattern and color combination.
  • A low-voltage lighting system was installed in the step forms before the concrete was poured and then protected to prevent the lights from damage. After the pour, the concrete was power washed and sealed and the lights were connected to a transformer.

For this stunning backyard pool deck project in Woodbridge, Va., it all started with the stone fireplace. “The homeowner had a vision of exactly how he wanted the fireplace to look. He presented to us a picture of what he wanted to achieve, and we made his vision come true,” says Luisa Dittmann of Greystone Masonry, Stafford, Va.

The company, which specializes in residential and commercial decorative concrete, not only recreated the fireplace and pavilion the homeowner had envisioned, they also installed a stamped concrete pool deck and stairway to match, using the same blend of colors found in the manufactured stone the homeowner had selected. “Compared to pavers, the homeowner favored the look and low maintenance of stamped concrete,” says Dittmann.

To precisely replicate the color palette of the stone, Greystone used a flagstone pattern and a combination of color hardeners, acid stains, and pigmented release agents. The project also included decorative concrete masonry walls faced with the same manufactured stone used for the fireplace to create a cohesive look. A low-voltage lighting system installed in the wall caps and step risers adds nighttime ambience.

Materials used:

Concrete color hardeners: Lithocrome color hardeners in beige cream and oyster white, from Scofield
Acid stains: Lithocrome Chemstain in padre brown, antique amber, terracotta, and weathered bronze, from Scofield
Release agents: Lithocrome Antiquing Release in Arizona tan and pecan tan, from Scofield
Stamp pattern: Arizona flagstone, from Increte Systems

Concrete contractor:

Greystone Masonry, Stafford, Va.

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