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Meet Todd and Kristin Lorenz of Corte Madera. Kristin called Cupp Bros Concrete Contractor of Santa Rosa to do her driveway. We were recommended by a friend (yea!!). For those of you who did not read my last post or see the driveway video Click Here this is a continuation of that. So what is so amazing is that we contracted to do their concrete driveway, and while doing so, by looking at our website www.cuppbros.com they realized that we did more than concrete driveways.
They wanted their rear wood patio deck to be removed and a whole new concrete patio installed, with meandering short concrete walls, and the concrete walls to be covered with stone and to have a cap. And, oh yeah. To add a gas concrete fire pit and built in BBQ and lighting!
What was so amazing about that? When we contracted to do their concrete driveway, they were off starting a two week vacation. So that meant that we had to get the design layout approved (I drew a hand sketch) including the layout of the concrete walls, gas concrete fire pit diameter walls and location, curved concrete landscape seat wall . Not done yet, we needed materials selected, color and stamp pattern of the rear concrete patio, actual stone selection and availability, lighting type and location and availability, and BBQ setup. Still not done, had to figure out drainage and connection to their under house sump pump, irrigation and access for landscaper, a plumber to hook up gas under the house for the concrete fire pit and BBQ.
Oh yeah, did I mention they would be gone for two weeks and wanted this all done when they came back. This is so dangerous as selection and availability of the products and materials and to get them in within the two weeks is an awesome task. Also the selection process is a difficult and hard one. Even when you think you know what you want, you are looking at a 1” square on a color chart and you are not sure what 1000 square feet will really look like until it is down. Same for the stone and caps. Also the things you don’t see, like size and layout of the concrete patio and concrete walls. What’s on site does not always work with what’s on paper.
Love the challenge, and they were up for it also. I knew from our first experience they were intelligent and knew what they wanted. (I would not have attempted to do this if we did not have a working understanding like on the front concrete driveway). We, and every good contractor, I believe, try as hard as possible to have a happy client. Cupp Bros always works just as hard for a good job as for a bad job. What is the difference? Having a happy client whom I have educated with the construction procedures that has made intelligent decisions and is happy with the selection process and most importantly, the final project. So most importantly is it education process with the owner having input and selection process to achieve what they want as a desired outcome that THEY have PARTICIPATED in.
What we did was have daily phone conversations (sometimes several) for them to approve or see pictures & videos of what things were looking like. I would send them a daily or sometimes a couple of daily videos so they could see the process. I gave them catalogs when they left and we went through material suppliers websites for colors and textures and selection process. We are a very fast and fluid company at Cupp Bros, and they kept up. They would look at a picture, have me change the layout or location, concrete wall location and concrete wall height, lighting location and type. While at their parents in Pennsylvania they saw lights they liked, so we found them, they ordered them on line, and we swapped them out. Did I tell you they were on vacation with family in Pennsylvania and New York, with kids. What a feat we all pulled off. I am happy and proud of the final product and love to show it off. It’s not always I can get such a beautiful project done with the clients here watching every day, but to do so in two weeks while the clients were making decisions 3000 miles away is an awesome feat. Kudos to Todd and Kristin, and thanks for trusting Cupp Bros and letting us have this opportunity.
Meet Todd & Kristin of Corte Madera. Kristin called Cupp Bros Concrete Contractor of Santa Rosa to help her with her driveway. She had gotten our name from a friend (but for the life of her she could not remember who!) and I came and met her to see what she wanted.
They have a couple of young kids and a dog, two cars. Their existing driveway, although still functioning fine, did not meet what they wanted. Part of their driveway was a terra cotta stone, then a long driveway, and then a large planter side of the driveway. They wanted to widen the driveway to have more room for the kids to play and to be able to park two cars side by side should they want to.
They went through a selection and decision process of what type of concrete driveway finish (stamped with texture mat) concrete color (earth tones to compliment the house color-we used three concrete colors that were earth tone) and to move or not move some trees and landscape to widen the concrete driveway, which they did. They also had a couple of concrete stone steps their kids had made, and they wanted them placed permanently into the concrete walkway going to the side gate to the back yard. Lastly, the concrete driveway crack control joint system, we used tool joints.
Concrete control joints are always very important. ACI (American Concrete Institute) recommends every 100 square feet or smaller (so no larger than 10’x10’) and to be ¼ depth of joint per the thickness (so for most concrete walkways or concrete driveway, 1” deep joints). All concrete cracks with movement, expansion and contraction every day, but what we try to do is to get it to crack in the control joints.
BUT, Todd wanted to spruce it up a bit. He came out with my guys early before he went to work and came up with a concrete control joint diamond pattern that was equidistant of the total width (so approximately 6’ squares). What is a concrete control joint diamond pattern? Why it is nothing more than to do our normal squares but to turn them sideways. A very slight concrete control joint change but what a huge difference in the visual and feeling of the driveway. What a small thing that could make such a huge change in the look and appearance of the total job.
Kudos to Todd for thinking and coming up with this. Really. Also with Todd & Kristin’s input, we came up with a beautiful project that I am very proud of and want to show
off and display. The visual colors and appearance, moving of the landscape to widen the concrete driveway, the concrete stamp texture mat and the concrete crack control joints in diamond shape all came together into something I love. Most importantly, they do too!
While doing the driveway, they wanted to have most of the madness of construction done while they were on vacation so the kids and dog did not have to live thru the concrete demolition, jack hammering, and pouring of the concrete driveway. Kristin and kids in tow, left a couple of days early and Todd stayed to set up to leave (and make some final decisions-like the diamond shaped concrete control joints). That way when they came back they would have the finished concrete driveway completed and ready to enjoy.
So, now, what else is so amazing? While going through the decision and selection process, they looked up www.cuppbros.com and found out we did more than just concrete driveways. Todd said they did not know that and wanted to do their backyard concrete patio also. What was so special about that? THEY WERE LEAVING ON TWO WEEKS VACATION and would not be there for the selection process. Watch the next video and post to see how that turns out!
Meet Rich and Lisa of Petaluma. They recently sold their house and had to take it back from the previous buyers due to the market. The buyers had made several changes that took away usability and value and now Rich and Lisa had to suffer thru the repairs to make the back yard worthy of being in Sunset Magazine. So they turned to Cupp Bros Construction premier concrete contractor of Santa Rosa.
Rich and Lisa had to remove two old wood decks and a patch of grass that was not kept up. That also meant removing irrigation, old electrical, plants and sprinklers. There were a few trees that had been removed so they also had to grind the stumps to get everything down to a place where she could envision what she wanted to do with her new backyard ‘canvas’ and now she was the painter.
We went thru with several layout possibilities, with lots of paint, garden hoses, and electrical cords laying on the ground so she could envision the final product. She went with a 3+ foot border off the back and side fences, and then she did not want them straight. She came up with some ‘whoop-de-doos’ (technical terms for not-straight). She had lots of decisions to make like drainage and run off of water off the concrete, elevations (she picked to reduce one step off the doors, make large round steps, add one step on the side yard), concrete stamp pattern and concrete color combinations. Everything came out beautiful!
She was adamant about having a small space for a vegetable garden. She was going to have a exterior radius landscape garden for plants and flowers, and she wanted to plant some new proper trees. She has her work cut out for her with plant selection for color, fragrance, size and maintenance. She also wants some for shade and some to compliment the rear fence and BBQ area.
They also are dog lovers with three dogs (and that’s not counting when they dog sit the neighbors dogs-now we have a large dog party!), so they needed a yard that had usability and function ability for the dogs and maintenance to be easy. Poop pickup and concrete cleanup is now an easy matter! They have awesome dogs, large, and well trained. They listen to their masters.
Lisa has an eye for what she wants and is very cleaver with taking things in steps so she can continue on with improvements due to time, money or proper order of things. Personally I can’t wait to come back and take a video when she is done with the painting, landscaping, and outdoor BBQ/Kitchen area. She had gas, electrical, irrigation and chase ways run under or around our concrete so she can pick up with improvements when she is ready.
We now have proper drainage with sloping concrete to a landscape island with two drains and one drainage box for cleanout and maintenance. This all now runs with solid pipe to the street. Great Job!
Again, thanks Rich and Lisa with trusting us with your colored stamped concrete patio. Please view the video for a full dairy of what was done and the outcome. We never got into the concrete mix, concrete strength, concrete reinforcing with rebar or having to use a concrete pumper to get the concrete to the back yard, and the selection of the concrete color hardeners or the concrete release powder from Brickform.
Ronald Cupp PhD
Cupp Bros Construction, Concrete Contractor from Santa Rosa, CA, new stamped and colored concrete driveway and concrete walkway
The most awesome project location for a concrete driveway and concrete walkway in Santa Rosa I have done in a long time. Way up on the top of Calistoga Road, on a very private 1+ mile shared driveway, past couple of gates, again past another private gate, about 300 yards to the house.
The View, Awesome. For Pat and Allison, who live on this regal mountaintop with view of the neighbor vineyard, looking out past majestic Oak Tree’s, North to Santa Rosa and West to the Santa Rosa plain. But again, all of this and they are only 12 minutes to the shopping center and Hwy 12.
The only drawback was that I had to use their Superintendent. (Kidding-Mattie the Dog Superintendent kept an eye on us every step of
the way!). No in reality, it was a wonderful project, the clients knew what they wanted, were decisive, worked with us thru some problems as they came up, gave us space when needed, and paid on time. I wish all my clients could be so wonderful.
The concrete driveway and concrete walkway was our regular (but special from most-as most concrete contractors do not use our high quality products) 5 inch, 3000 psi (pounds per square inch) with 3/8” aggregate (pea gravel), 6 sack cement for a high quality high strength concrete driveways. Our normal reinforcing is #4 rebar at 12” on center, and we drill and dowel the rebar into existing or neighboring concrete like concrete foundations and concrete walkways.
They picked out a stamped concrete driveway and concrete walkway in ashler pattern colored in earth tones-brown, and sealed with
a satin or non-shiny sealer.
To be continued….