Life has been busy for Brad Olmsted since opening his decorative concrete business, Concrete Colorscapes, five years ago. During that time, he has left an impressive mark on the world.
An earth-tone swirl created with the Mongoose adds flair to this tile floor.
To say that Brad knows concrete is an understatement. Prior to becoming a business owner and his own boss, Brad worked for 20 years in the concrete coring and cutting industry. Weary of job stress and sensing the need to grow his skills in another direction, he realized it was time for a career change.
“As a part-time exhibiting artist, using a multitude of different media, I took several months off to clear my head and create. Then I really started to understand the whole ‘starving artist’ thing!”
Brad had been interested in concrete staining and engraving for some time and had spent considerable time researching the options, but he wanted to know more. That’s when he enrolled in an Engrave-A-Crete Discovery and Training Seminar and learned for certain that the decorative concrete world was where he belonged.
A tile design, engraved diagonally, make this porch a beautiful living space.
“I already knew the characteristics of concrete, but I was interested in knowing more about the tools and techniques,” Brad says. “Mid-way through the seminar I knew that I could really make things happen with the help of the tools and support from Engrave-A-Crete.”
With a vision in mind, Brad returned home to take the first steps toward founding Concrete Colorscapes.
“With a small line of credit from my bank, a bit of savings and a ton of determination, I started Concrete Colorscapes by purchasing a KaleidoCrete Pro Pack and a Mongoose Deluxe set,” Brad says.
Vivid color and a sophisticated design give life to gray concrete.
From his first job to the most recent, Brad combines excellent design, superior skill and careful attention to detail to produce awesome projects, a few of which are shown on this page.
One particularly impressive work is the 26’ diameter labyrinth Brad installed in the Meditation Garden at Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina. He created the design with an Engrave-A-Crete template and engraved it using the KaleidoCrete System. He achieved the perfect color combination by using Concrete Resurrection Beach Sand and Mocha WRC stains, then created highlights with a custom-mixed brick color. The project was completed some time ago, and it speaks well of the durability of stained and engraved concrete.
Serenity and artistry combine in this 26′ diameter labyrinth. Notice Brad’s job-site sign – an ideal way to market his business.
“It has held up great,” Brad says, “even with mowing crews and sap from trees, not to mention squirrels dropping walnut husks!”
Concrete Colorscapes continues to grow, due largely to Brad’s knowledge, skill and strong work ethic.
Brad chose the perfect stain color to make these steps blend with the surroundings.
“I have steadily built my business upon hard work, commitment, courtesy, honesty and all that goes into it,” Brad says. “I have done jobs in tiny little screened-in porches up to multi-million dollar homes, and I treat every job as if it was my own floor.”
Brad, you are truly a concrete artisan and an asset to the industry. We at Engrave-A-Crete salute you for your outstanding workmanship and design. You make us proud. Keep up the good work!
Brad’s website is currently undergoing renovation. To see his latest projects, Like his Facebook page – Concrete Colorscapes.