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This summer, while entertaining friends and family, they will take notice of your home's exterior. If you want your home to make a great first impression, you might consider adding a statement feature like a stamped concrete walkway.

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Stamped Concrete Walkway

This stamped concrete walkway gives you the look and feel of stone with the versatility of concrete to make flowing curved lines.

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Ashlar Slate Stamped Concrete Walkway

To match the rest of the home a mild tan integral color was used along with a double release color of weathered tan and pewter.

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Integral color is a mild tan and double release color of weathered tan and pewter

The same Ashlar Slate pattern was used to match the front step.

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Matching stamped concrete walkway and front step

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This beautiful poured concrete patio features a concrete block fireplace and stone retaining wall. It was finished during the spring and just in time for those summer nights with family and friends.

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Outdoor Landscape Block Fireplace

No outdoor fireplace is complete without a convenient storage area for wood and kindling to keep the fire going

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Side by Side Outdoor Fireplace and Storage Area

A freshly poured concrete patio offers plenty of space for everyone to enjoy the fire and the great outdoors

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Outdoor Concrete Block Fireplace and Concrete Patio

One last picture reveals the entire project with patio, fireplace and retaining wall

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Summer Starter Kit including Outdoor Concrete Block Fireplace, Concrete Patio, And Stone Retaining Wall

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This concrete job adds major curb appeal the to front of the home. The project starts with the new a new driveway

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Driveway has a broom finish with a smooth border known as a Cincinnati Finish

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We have all seen Do It Yourself projects on Pinterest or YouTube and how easy and amazing they look. So you decide to give it a shot and instead your work ends up looking like something your first grader made you for Christmas...they try so hard. This however, is not one those projects. I've seen first hand how great it can turnout. You just need the materials, some elbow grease, and this video to help you!

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DIY Cinder Block Bench

There you have your very own rustic bench to spruce up your backyard living area. You can always go the extra mile and add a personal touch

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Personal Touches Make Everything Better

Now if you really want to step your game up just have some cute family pet sit on the bench. This may take some coercion and treats

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Eggroll the English Bulldog sitting on the DIY Cinder Block Bench

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Concrete is an amazing material that can fit and form to almost any situation or project. Take this project for example... the homeowners wanted an outside space for entertaining friends and family but needed to be able to access their septic tanks. With the versatility of concrete and a few extra pours the solution was quite easy. The Stamped Concrete Patio was first poured over the tanks leaving empty space in the shape of a square around the septic tank caps. Later matching concrete slabs would be measured and poured to fit over the septic tank caps. We also attached metal rings to the concrete slabs for easy removal when access to the tanks are needed.

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Matching Stamped Concrete Slabs Ready To Be Installed

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leveling Out The Area Around The Cap So The Concrete Slab Will Be Flush With The Patio

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Applying Sealer Now That The Concrete Slab Is In Place

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Both Concrete Slabs Are In Place And All That Is Left Is For The Sealer To Dry

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When using stone to build it always takes a little more time and effort...but the results are always worth it. Sandstone was picked for its natural look to match this rustic home in Chelsea and play off of the surrounding countryside.

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Sandstone retaining wall boarders this basement entrance

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Layers and layers of sandstone perfectly stacked

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Natural sandstone to match the rustic Chelsea, MI country side

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Sandstone retaining wall in Chelsea, MI

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In many respects the foundation is one of the first and most important components of building a quality home. Most of the time you haven't thought about your foundation since you bought your home, and will never notice it until there is an issue with your foundation or your home that is caused by the foundation. Your home's foundation is the unsung hero that supports your home and keeps it standing for years to come. So its time to learn a little more about what under your feet and home.

Think you’re tough enough for a career in the concrete and Masonry Industry? Then you are exactly what we are looking for. Dexter Block wants hard workers that take pride in a hard day’s work and a job well done. We are looking for Skilled Masons, apprentices and general laborers. Not everyone is cut out to sit in a cubicle, staring at a computer screen, and punching that clock from 9-5. Some of us need the outdoors to be our office and to be able to see our hard work become a beautiful part of someone’s dream home. Dexter Block, We’re building the foundation for a better community and a brighter tomorrow.

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Concrete Tough

Tough as nails? More like Tough as Concrete. The Concrete Industry has an immediate need for people to fill great jobs. From being a Ready Mix Truck Driver to Quality Control Techs to Heavy Equipment Operators to Concrete Contractors, these are great paying jobs that mean something.

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Spring is in the air and warm weather is upon us. For most of us this a good thing...but for others it can be the beginning of repair season. April showers don't only bring May flowers but it can also reveal what the brutal Michigan winter has done to your home. Warning signs like dark spots of floors and walls, cracks, or window and doors having trouble closing/opening can all be signs that your foundation is in need of some repairs. Check out these warning signs and have one of our professionals come out and give a free estimate before its too late!

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Foundation Repair in Ann Arbor by Dexter Block

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Their names or pictures might not be on giant billboards but they did get to stand next to a big truck and just look at the those smiles. That's right he Dexter Block Crew headed out to the World of Concrete Expo in fabulous Las Vegas!

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Dexter Block Crew at the World of Concrete Expo 2017

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