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created the lobby floors for the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif. Adidas Jacket Price

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Jim Harvey levels a newly poured floor at a home in Bellevue on Dec. 3. 3. Harvey has developed a new kind of concrete flooring that requires less maintenance and is easy on the environment.

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Jim Harvey has developed a new way to create concrete flooring that does not require the usual maintenance and harsh chemicals. created the lobby floors for the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif. The company used metal divider strips and three colors to create the pattern.

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the upper floors of the family's home."Nobody is doing this," Johns said.

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special mats into the concrete. The polished overlay , which doesn't have the added aggregates, costs $10 to $20 a square foot. It didn't. Even though his process is patented, competitors copy his method. While installing isn't rocket science, he said, it is more detail oriented and time consuming than most concrete installers are used to. Instead, Harvey and his crew did jobs all across the country themselves, packing up the tools and supplies and shipping them to job sites as far away as New York. charged everyone the same, so Harvey had to eat the shipping costs. At one point, the couple owed $200,000."Our name and our pride and our integrity was on the line," he said. "If we were going to install these floors, we would have to do it ourselves."Seven years after inventing , the business, bolstered by the growing green building movement, started picking up in the summer of 2006, said Jerrilyn Harvey. landed high profile jobs, such as a fire station in downtown Seattle and Bremerton High School. The soundproofing option Harvey came up with proved popular with high end projects in New York, where sound ordinances are strict. Architects and interior designers on custom residential projects ordered floors, shower pans and countertops. So far, it's performed well, she said. It was less expensive than hardwood floors and easier to maintain than floors made of cork."It's an amazing product," she said. "It holds up well. In the Northwest, we get a lot of rain. People walk in the door with wet feet and it's never slippery. It's easy to maintain."She recommended that customers have color samples tested on the existing concrete, if possible. She found the composition of the concrete can affect the color. Cobb, a high end Seattle architectural firm, usually works on about 15 projects a year. Three this year will use a product, said Josh Johns, a designer for the firm. One of the reasons Johns chose it was because it was light enough to use in places where traditional concrete would have been too heavy, such as Womens Adidas Sweaters

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In the last few years, concrete has become increasingly popular in homes and businesses, progressing far beyond the stuff normally found in garages and warehouses. It can be infused with pigments, seeded with metal, rocks or glass, stamped to mimic natural surfaces and polished to a high sheen. Water filled pipes embedded under Nike Vapormax Grey/Red its surface can warm it. It can even be manipulated to resemble expensive marble or granite but for less money. He mainly worked on commercial jobs, fixing deteriorating concrete floors in schools, businesses and hospitals. One product he used often, a self leveling overlay, he liked but found pricey. Other companies were outbidding him on jobs by using inferior products, he said. His version of terrazzo had to be strong and it had to look expensive. Terrazzo is a centuries old form of mosaic flooring made by embedding small pieces of marble in mortar and then polishing. He'd re emerge to buy supplies. His construction business slowed and debt began to mount as he zeroed in on finding a solution."I became almost obsessed by the idea," he said. "It was something I had to figure out, and the more trouble it gave me, the angrier and more determined I got."Harvey's product built on the advances of others in the concrete world, and he had a network of others in the industry he could call on for advice. He can add pigments and any combination of aggregates such as bits of glass, rocks and metal shavings to create different effects. The floor must be polished and workers need to occasionally strip and re apply sealers. Harvey called it a vicious cycle, one that can cost businesses money and isn't great for the environment. An ammonia based stripper is used, which workers usually dump down the sewer system, he said."We've seen it," Harvey said. "They take their mop bucket and dump it into the storm drain."The grinding process Harvey uses eliminated the need for waxing and sealers. Another advantage: The overlay can be applied directly over a hard surface. But when his customers started asking about it, he learned. "I started to realize what 'green' meant," he said. "I hadn't really cared, but I needed to find ways to care, and I began asking myself, 'What else can I do to make this better?' "He started using more recycled and local materials. And he stopped using acid stain, the primary method used to color concrete, which creates a volatile slurry byproduct. He devised a way to muffle sound by inserting Adidas Joggers Slim Fit

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