Greet Summer with a New Look for Your Yard

By Michel Fike

One of the best parts of any summer is time outdoors in your own backyard barbequing with friends, swimming in the pool, snoozing in the shade, or soaking up the sun.

With summer arriving soon, are you looking for a way to enhance your outdoor spaces? If you are, Juan (JJ) Jimenez of Crazy J’s Concrete has some great ideas to add focus, beauty, and utility to your yard and garden with stamped concrete.

If your image of concrete is that uniform grey stuff on a driveway or city sidewalk, you will be surprised by the versatility and creative possibilities of stamped concrete. It can be stamped, engraved, textured, and stenciled to resemble brick, fieldstone, slate, or cut stone. It can be colored to blend with the colors of your landscape or to accent the architecture of your home. Stamped concrete can be used for entryways, courtyards, driveways, walkways, patios, stairs, accent walls, pool decks, or as border elements around existing driveways, or decks. It can be poured in any shape to blend with your particular terrain. Besides adding color, texture and beauty to your setting, stamped concrete provides a slip resistant surface, important in both summer and winter in our mountain valleys.

This is a superior product that does not rot or need frequent resurfacing like wooden decking, or require weeding and replacement or recaulking like precast pavers or natural stone. It is durable and will outlast other types of masonry.

Beautiful in any season, stamped concrete will also stand up to harsh winters. JJ uses a quality compacted base under each installation, and adds rebar reinforcement, together with a concrete mix designed to withstand water penetration. No problem shoveling here.

Attractive, versatile, and tough, stamped concrete is comparable in price to pavers and less expensive than stone.

JJ and his crew can install stamped concrete as part of existing or new construction, with no additional permit required. They will remove old fixtures and level the site, as needed, and are always available to help you design your projects.

Crazy J’s Concrete has been in Susanville since 2006. They accept jobs in Lassen, Plumas, Shasta, Butte and Modoc counties. Owner JJ Jimenez is a California licensed contractor.

Crazy J’s can be reached at (530) 310-1480, by FAX at (530) 257-7040, or email at [email protected]. For more ideas of what they can do for you, check out Crazy J’s Concrete on Facebook, YouTube, or at