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What Can Be


Take a look at the picture on the left.


What do you see?


If you’re like most folks, you see a pile of rocks.


There is a rare breed of people who can see something more.


Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, beloved author of The Little Prince, described the artist as one that can look at what is and see what can be. In his lyrically poetic way, he said it this way:


A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.


When the artist-craftsmen of Interstate Decorative Concrete (IDC) look at an existing concrete slab or an unopened bag of cement, they see what can be.


“Most homeowners understand that concrete has decorative possibilities,” says Rod Scott, IDC’s General Manager. “Stamped and stained concrete has been widely accepted as a way to enhance driveways,


walkways, patios and pool decks. But these are all exterior applications. At IDC we strive to change this limited perception.” “Concrete is an incredibly versatile material that can beautify and


personalize the inside of your home as well as the outside,” Rod continues. “Architects and designers are increasingly calling it out as a preferred material for fl ooring, counter and vanity tops, backsplashes, sinks, and fi replace surrounds. Concrete is durable, cost-effective and easy to maintain. It is naturally heat resistant. When it’s sealed, it also resists stains, mold and mildew. A concrete fl oor doesn’t collect allergens the way a carpet will, so it promotes a cleaner indoor environment. These are just a few of the logical reasons to work with concrete.” Logic aside, Rod explains that the deeper attraction to concrete lies in its


design fl exibility: “The possibilities are limitless. Using different techniques, we can make concrete resemble brick, tile, natural stone or wood. We can also create the look and feel of Japanese raku pottery, diachronic glass or enamel on metal. We can embed objects such as sea shells, glass, metal or colored aggregate to create depth and luminosity. And we can polish concrete so fi nely that it feels just like marble.” “At IDC, we bring the versatility of concrete together with a passion


to create,” says Rod. “Our goal is to draw out the creativity of our clients as well. Our extensive design portfolio opens doors to truly individualized statements of style.” When you work with IDC, you too will be able to look at concrete and see


what can be. More importantly, you will be working with a team that has the knowledge and skill to turn your “image of a cathedral” into reality.


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