Backyard patio ready for lounging and grilling on

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Backyard patio ready for lounging and grilling on. Create a carefree space to enjoy the outdoors. No mud and dirt getting tracked in the house, eliminate the amount of bugs intruding your space, minimize your yard upkeep, and enjoy. Get your FREE consult and estimate today.

Patterns with Concrete

Customize your patio look with a wide range of color selections, styles and patterns with concrete.  As your design specialist, we can provide you with the endless opportunities made possible with concrete.

We recently completed this patio with a curved edge finish. They feel in love with the Arizona Flagstone pattern in gray and chose a hand stained boarder for contrast making a great compliment to the overall design.

patterns with concrete

3 simple reasons why you need a decorative concrete patio

3 simple reasons why you need a decorative concrete patio.

Extend your living space to the outdoors

Who doesn’t love sitting outside on a warm night? Perfect summer breeze flowing, sound of a fire crackling, peace and quiet or laughs from your family and friends….makes for a wonderful evening well spent in your own backyard. Take advantage of the space you can utilize right outside your door. Don’t waste a day with good weather inside when you can take in the fresh air while still being comfortable on a patio designed just for you.

Add Value to your home

Increase the resale or appraisal value of your home by adding a patio. Beyond being aesthetically pleasing, a designer concrete patio can add that boost to the overall appeal of your home. A patio creates a functioning and visual space that acts as an upgrade to your property.

Less yard maintenance

A well poured concrete patio needs minimal maintenance to last for years to come. With proper seasonal care, your patio will withstand the seasons and usual wear and tear over the years. With a patio covering up a portion of your yard that’s less moving, weeding, and/or gardening needed!

Create a backyard oasis that fits perfectly for your lifestyle isn’t as hard as it may seem. Call us for a free consult. We can walk you through all the options and help you make your ideas come to life!

Seeking an Experienced Administrative Assistant

Blackwater Designer Concrete and Urban Development Partners, LLC are seeking an experienced Administrative Assistant

Full time position at our office located on 302 N. Cameron St, Winchester, VA
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Duties include, but are not limited to, providing general administrative and clerical support including:

  • mailing, scanning, faxing and copying to management
  • maintain filing system
  • open, sort and distribute incoming correspondence
  • perform data entry and scan documents
  • assist in resolving any administrative problems
  • run company’s errands as needed
  • answer calls from customers regarding their inquiries
  • prepare and modify documents including correspondence, reports, drafts, memos and emails
  • schedule and coordinate meetings, appointments and travel arrangements as needed
  • maintain office supplies for department

Cleaning and Maintaining Stamped Concrete

cleaning and maintaining stamped concrete

Time for some spring cleaning! Stamped concrete is durable and can last for a long time when properly cared for.Cleaning your concrete periodically and keeping it sealed with the right concrete sealers are the key components of any good maintenance program. Even professionally sealed stamped concrete will require routine maintenance, depending on conditions and foot-traffic it receives.

Below are are tips for cleaning and treating your concrete surface to preserve its beauty and extend its life.

Here are some general guidelines for cleaning and maintaining stamped concrete:

  • Keep the surface free of debris by using a broom, leaf blower, or rinsing with water.
  • Exterior surfaces can be pressure washed or scrubbed with a mild detergent. For interior surfaces, wet mopping or dry dust mopping of the floor is typically the only routine upkeep needed.
  • Don’t allow debris to sit for long periods of time on an area of the surface.
  • There are a variety of ways to remove stubborn stains such as dirt, tire marks, leaf stains, and grease spots. In these cases, water may not be enough. This is when stronger cleaning chemicals or a power washing and scrubbing may be required. Read more about power washing, using chemicals to clean stains, removing oil on concrete.
  • Periodic sealing is the best way to protect your concrete from moisture penetration, staining, freeze-thaw conditions, de-icing chemicals, and abrasion.
  • Get on a maintenance plan with us at Blackwater to properly maintain your decorative concrete annually.

Our goal is to provide personalized service and distinctive ideas, giving each client and project the full value of our collective experience and knowledge. That’s why we’ve developed a maintenance guide for you, our clients, so that your concrete will look as good as new, many years after installation.

Download the PDF here!

Cobblestone Stamped Concrete

Cobblestone Stamped Concrete

Incorporating the look of cobblestones into your patio or driveway design can give your home a certain “old-fashioned charm”.

The word cobblestone dates back to the 15th century and refers to a small stone that has been rounded by the flow of water. Originally, the stones used for cobblestone paving were collected from local stream beds.

Modern cobblestone is typically quarried granite that has been shaped to look like cobbles — but with stamped concrete, a similar look can be achieved for a considerably less amount of money!

Going with cobblestone stamped concrete will add character and charm to your yard and is highly durable. Cobblestones can be laid in a variety of patterns. Contact one of our design specialists today to create the patio or walkway of your dreams!

Choosing a Color Scheme for Stamped Concrete

Choosing a Color Scheme for Stamped Concrete | Blackwater Concrete
Choosing a Color Scheme for Stamped Concrete | Blackwater Concrete

Almost everyone knows that concrete can be colored, but they may not know just how many different options they have when it comes to choosing a color scheme for stamped concrete. As their contractor, we take it upon ourselves to introduce them to their options and guide them in making their color selection.

The very first thing to consider, however, is that the color of the finished concrete WILL NOT be an exact match for the color you choose from any color chart. It’s important to keep in mind that there are so many factors that affect concrete’s color such as cement, aggregate, and even weather.

Now, to move on to trends and best practices. Stamped concrete colors are often selected to blend with other architectural elements of the home or the natural surroundings of the property. For outdoor areas, you’ll generally want to stick with subtle earth tone shades. Additionally, one might consider choosing colors similar to architectural elements, such as the trim or the roof.

Color is one of the most important decisions to make when considering decorative concrete. If you follow these general guidelines, you are much more likely to be happy with the choice you make.

Pool Decks That Complement The Exterior of The Home

Pool Decks That Complement The Exterior of The Home | Blackwater Concrete

Decorative concrete has opened the doors to creating pool decks that complement the exterior of the home while combining beauty, durability, and low maintenance with the huge amount of decorative options not possible with other materials.

With this recent project, the homeowners wanted an ashlar slate design with colored elements that would complement the surrounding environment.

Pool Decks That Complement The Exterior of The Home | Blackwater Concrete

We love this custom concrete pool surround and patio area, designed and installed by the professionals here at Blackwater. When you’re ready to transform your outdoor space, give us a call and we’ll give you a free estimate!

Read: Concrete Pool Surround in Northern Virginia

Pool Decks That Complement The Exterior of The Home | Blackwater Concrete

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Hand-Stained Concrete Finishes

handstaining by bill williams

Hand-Stained concrete finishes are a quick, inexpensive way to transform an uninteresting concrete slab into an elegant patio that’s vibrant with rich color. But, they also take a lot of work.

We always like giving our clients everything they hoped for when they decide to go with Blackwater, so for custom projects, hand-staining is a great option. We couldn’t be more blown away by this custom hand-stained concrete patio from our very own Bill Williams.

Call our experts today to see how we can achieve one-of-a-kind, textured surfaces that look like natural stone, brick and more, customized to fit your unique space!

Custom Knee Walls in Northern Virginia

Custom Knee Walls in Northern Virginia, designed and installed by Blackwater Designer Concrete

Originally named for their height, custom knee walls around the edge of a patio are just as functional as they are beautiful.

When a knee wall becomes part of your outdoor patio or landscaping project, Blackwater Designer Concrete can help. We’ll measure, design and build a knee wall that fits in your project perfectly.

Custom Knee Walls in Northern Virginia

But don’t just take out word for it- we think this recent knee wall project in Northern Virginia speak for itself!