How to Use Concrete in Every Part of Your Home

Decorative Concrete Countertops

When homeowners hear the word ‘concrete,’ they often just think outside: concrete is typically used to pave driveways or balance out sidewalks. Right? Wrong! Concrete does make a reliable and stylish driveway, but it can also be used in other parts of your home! It can be used in very unique ways, offering a host… Read more »

Caring for Your Concrete Driveway: 3 Easy Maintenance Tips

How to Take Care of Your Concrete Driveway

Your driveway endures a lot of traffic, whether that means parked cars, running children, etc. Even though it’s one of the most used areas of your home, it’s not typically an area that we pay a lot of attention to unless there is an unsightly or urgent issue that needs to be resolved. However, that’s… Read more »

How to Plan a Successful Driveway Layout

Planning a Driveway Layout for Your House

Driveways play a vital role in how we access our homes each day. Not to mention they add to our homes’ practicality and curb appeal, which also proves valuable. Planning a successful driveway layout requires that you take into account factors such as size and slope, layout, materials and required maintenance! Size up your driveway… Read more »

What’s Causing My Driveway to Sink and Crack?

Cracked Concrete Driveway in MN

Over time, many homeowners find cracks and other issues in their concrete driveway. As the material breaks down and separates, these unsightly divots can prove frustrating. While winter weather is the number one cause of sunken and cracked driveways, there are many reasons why it could be happening at your home! A flaw in your… Read more »

3 Tips for Preparing for a Kitchen Countertop Installation

3 Tips for Preparing for a Kitchen Countertop Installation

Installing new countertops in your kitchen is one of the most effective ways to freshen up the space and make it more usable for you and your family. But before you can have countertops installed, you should prepare your home for it. Here are several things you should do to prep your kitchen for new… Read more »

The Science behind Ancient Roman Concrete

The Science behind Ancient Roman Concrete

When you think of impressive architecture and strong building materials, the Ancient Roman times probably come to mind. Many concrete buildings, roads, and harbors are in place more than 2,000 years after their construction despite natural disasters, weather, war, and more. But what makes Ancient Roman concrete so strong and amazingly durable? Here we unmask… Read more »

Exploring Concrete Architecture

Exploring Concrete Architecture

Concrete has been around for thousands of years now, and human beings have used it to build all kinds of structures. But it wasn’t until around the 1950s that a new style of architecture called “brutalism” was born. Brutalist architecture involves using raw concrete to create structures, and it has been incorporated into all kinds… Read more »

MIT Students Create Stronger Concrete from Plastic Bottles

Chicago Columbian Exposition’s Influence on Silver Plated Flatware Design

According to a study published in the Journal of Waste Management, MIT students found a way to produce concrete 20 percent sturdier than regular concrete. The group of student engineers discovered that when plastic from regular soda bottles was exposed to gamma radiation, it created a powerful substance which, when crushed, could be added to… Read more »

Leaf, Acorn and Pinecone Stains: Getting the Marks of Fall Off Your Driveway

Stains on Concrete

The majority of driveways are surfaced with either concrete or asphalt to make a durable surface. As we’ve covered, concrete is an excellent driveway surface material that will last for many years. The lighter color of concrete, however, does make it susceptible to organic stains from things like leaves, acorns and pinecones that fall off… Read more »