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The homeowners of this large backyard lot recognized the possibilities that could provide them with outdoor spaces for dining, entertaining, and relaxing using multiple Bomanite Concrete Systems throughout this welcoming resort like space.

Backyard Landscaped and Designed with Bomanite Concrete Systems, Exposed Aggregate, Bomanite Revealed, Bomanite Antico Process, Bomanite Imprinted Concrete, Bomanite Thin-Set Overlay creating entertaining spaces, courtyards, pool decks and cabanas

Bomanite Licensee, Concrete Arts, Inc. being the homeowner, wanted a place for his family that showed the creativity and beauty of concrete and its endless possibilities. Working with Landscape designer Mark Huri early on helped with the transformation. From his experience, Huri knew that with the right layout and a small bit of terracing, it could provide an opportunity to stylize a very special retreat. The design incorporated a full-size pool deck, cabana, courtyard and waterfall feature.

As you step out the back of the house, you have a BBQ and dining area to catch some great sunsets. At the next level you are greeted with an infinity water feature that cascades down to the main entertaining area creating a beautiful waterfall, providing that serenity of being in the great outdoors. The steps and landing leading to the main area are cast-in-place concrete treated with the Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Revealed System that is also used throughout the courtyard and pool deck.

The steps are encompassed by unique hand carved, embossed cast-in-place concrete retaining walls that are 12-14” thick with top caps done with the Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Antico Process System that is seeded with fine glass to add a bit of sparkle. The Antico Process works well with lighter colors that are often used for pool decks and other areas where light reflectivity is desired and is comparable in appearance to natural travertine or manufactured cast stone, a perfect complement to the retaining walls. The wall stone sizes and coloration were chosen to resemble European Castles and provide an old-world charm backdrop for the complete space.

As you step down into the courtyard, slabs of White Bomanite Revealed were cast and surrounded with planting pockets and inlays of grass. The strips of grass help with drainage and break up the expanse of concrete, while providing warmth to an outdoor living space, to enjoy a rushing waterfall and cozy fire pit, for full relaxation.

Designing so that each area has a different function maximizes space and use. The Cabana offers a place of protection from inclement weather and brings the feeling of family gathering in the kitchen. It includes a fridge, gas fireplace and flat screen TV. Perfect elements for a perfect cozy getaway or summertime party. The cast-in-place concrete countertop was created with a 4” edge and overhang. The surface was hand applied with Bomanite Color Hardeners for additional strength and durability while picking up the hue of the retaining walls. It was then textured to resemble natural stone with real stone pieces embedded on the corners for a decorative element.

The Interior Cabana floor was created with the Bomanite Imprinted Concrete System using an Integral gray color, stamped with the Bomacron Slate Texture pattern and then antiqued and color washed in a darker gray. The Cabana walls consisted of the Bomanite Topping Systems Overlay – Bomanite Thin-Set, which was vertically embossed and textured to resemble wood plank using the Bomacron 11 ½” Boardwalk pattern. The apex of the walls utilized a carved plaster and created relief of over 3” in some areas and embossed to resemble a cleft stone, all done in a natural gray to compliment the flooring. Family and friends can enjoy conversation, food, a book or a swim in the great pool.

The pool deck and its coping utilized the Bomanite Revealed System to provide increased surface and slip resistance, a benefit when using the Exposed Aggregate System.  A White Base, hand seeded with Georgia white marble in two sizes and then exposed, produced the surrounding deck that brings light and coolness on a very hot 100 degree summer day. Bomanite Revealed is available in light-reflective formulations reducing heat island effect, making the pool deck walkable and not hot to the touch.

This backyard resort has something for everyone, whether a pool party, family celebrations, intimate gatherings or just relaxing in the great outdoors. Bomanite Decorative Concrete can create the look and feel you imagined, welcoming one or all.

Awards: 2018 Best Bomanite Specialty Project – Bronze Award

Backyard Landscaped and Designed with Bomanite Concrete Systems, Exposed Aggregate, Bomanite Revealed, Bomanite Antico Process, Bomanite Imprinted Concrete, Bomanite Thin-Set Overlay creating entertaining spaces, courtyards, pool decks and cabanasBackyard Landscaped and Designed with Bomanite Concrete Systems, Exposed Aggregate, Bomanite Revealed, Bomanite Antico Process, Bomanite Imprinted Concrete, Bomanite Thin-Set Overlay creating entertaining spaces, courtyards, pool decks and cabanasBackyard Landscaped and Designed with Bomanite Concrete Systems, Exposed Aggregate, Bomanite Revealed, Bomanite Antico Process, Bomanite Imprinted Concrete, Bomanite Thin-Set Overlay creating entertaining spaces, courtyards, pool decks and cabanasBackyard Landscaped and Designed with Bomanite Concrete Systems, Exposed Aggregate, Bomanite Revealed, Bomanite Antico Process, Bomanite Imprinted Concrete, Bomanite Thin-Set Overlay creating entertaining spaces, courtyards, pool decks and cabanasBackyard Landscaped and Designed with Bomanite Concrete Systems, Exposed Aggregate, Bomanite Revealed, Bomanite Antico Process, Bomanite Imprinted Concrete, Bomanite Thin-Set Overlay creating entertaining spaces, courtyards, pool decks and cabanasBackyard Landscaped and Designed with Bomanite Concrete Systems, Exposed Aggregate, Bomanite Revealed, Bomanite Antico Process, Bomanite Imprinted Concrete, Bomanite Thin-Set Overlay creating entertaining spaces, courtyards, pool decks and cabanas

The Great Wolf Lodge opened one of their latest resorts in Bloomington, MN. The Gensler Architect team was hired for the renovation project. With one of a kind entertainment options, Bomanite Licensee, Bulach Custom Rock (known for their work on themed projects) was able to provide 5,000 square feet of the specified flooring that matched the outdoor adventure theme. With the existing floor in place, Bulach Custom Rock came through with the Bomanite Thin-Set Stampable Overlay Toppings System in three different patterns that were used intersecting in multiple areas which provided some challenges for the layout.

The Great Wolf Adventure Park houses several non-water attractions, including the Rustic Ridge Rock Wall and the Howlers Peak Ropes Course, that guests embark on an invigorating, multi-level climbing challenge traversing over Oliver’s Mining Co. where they can search for keepsake gemstones. For the mining area Bulach Custom Rock created the look and feel of actual dirt with the Bomacron Erosion Series Dried Earth Texture and added pathways of stone with the Bomacron Small Sandstone pattern.

Additional activities include MagiQuest, the brand’s exclusive live-action adventure game where players follow clues and use interactive magic wands to discover relics and runes needed to defeat a fierce dragon. The Bomacron Fishscale Belgian Block pattern was used to create that old world feel of stone castles. The MagiQuest area was produced using the Bomanite Shale Gray Integral Color then utilizing a Bomanite Natural Gray Color Hardener wash before it was sealed.

The difficulty of the project was in both access and area control. Whereas multiple trades were utilizing the same spaces at the same time, Bulach Custom Rock installed all the stampable overlay during the overnight hours with the use of mostly temporary lighting. Due to Bomanite Thin-Set’s benefits of being trafficked quickly, Bulach Custom Rock was able to have the flooring installed on schedule.

Bomanite Thin-Set is a specially formulated polymer modified topping mix that will bond to any stable, structurally sound substrate. This unique system allows the installation of a thin, imprinted concrete topping when installed at 3/8″ thick and can be feathered to a zero edge that was helpful when the overlay needed to seamlessly match up to an existing tile floor entrance for the Great Wolf Lodge.

Bomanite Thin-Set is an extremely effective alternative to the demolition or remodel of an existing substrate, making it a perfect choice for the Great Wolf Lodge Renovation.

 

The Great Wolf Lodge in Minnesota Renovated with Bomanite Thin-Set Toppings Stampable Overlay with three different Bomacron Patterns; Fishscale Belgian Block, Small Sandstone and Dried Earth Texture

 

The Great Wolf Lodge in Minnesota Renovated with Bomanite Thin-Set Toppings Stampable Overlay with three different Bomacron Patterns; Fishscale Belgian Block, Small Sandstone and Dried Earth Texture

The Great Wolf Lodge in Minnesota Renovated with Bomanite Thin-Set Toppings Stampable Overlay with three different Bomacron Patterns; Fishscale Belgian Block, Small Sandstone and Dried Earth TextureThe Great Wolf Lodge in Minnesota Renovated with Bomanite Thin-Set Toppings Stampable Overlay with three different Bomacron Patterns; Fishscale Belgian Block, Small Sandstone and Dried Earth Texture