When Wade Heiner and his wife wanted a truly unique floor for their new ranch-style home in Salado, Texas, they turned to a beautifully stained concrete treatment. The home builder specifically opted for a stained and scored wood plank pattern, which flowed well with the home’s open floor plan.

The dark stained plank pattern gives their kitchen and living area a touch of Texas. Prep work includes a simple buff and cleaning with trisodium phosphate, a mild cleaning detergent. “Then we laid out the pattern, which included 10-inch wood plank with custom-scored nail holes,” says Shane Johnston, president of Stain & Stamp Inc., the Belton, Texas-based contractor which performed the work. “We used a one-quarter-inch saw blade to score the planks and a drill bit for the nail holes.”

The home’s game room, or man cave as many call it, is definitely one of a kind. Deer heads are mounted on the wall, and the pool table is the room’s prominent piece of furniture. However, the floor is the main attraction. Stamped at the time of the pour, Butterfield Color’s heavy stone texture pattern completes the room, giving it a rustic feel.

Stain & Stamp’s crew of four completed the Heiners’ dream home totalling 3906 square feet in seven nonconsecutive days. Workers used Butterfield’s acid stain, heavy stone stamp pattern, integral color, antique release, and clear solvent sealer to complete the project.

“The most challenging part was creating two different decorative concrete floor patterns that transitioned into each other,” Johnston explains. “One was a unique wood plank pattern and the other a beautifully mottled three-color custom stained floor without scoring.”

Stain & Stamp first used the custom stained and scored wood plank pattern for an innovative client in 2005. Johnston says homeowners enjoy the pattern because many people can not believe the surface is concrete and not wood. “When compared to the price of real wood, the decorative concrete option is going to save you more than half,” he says. “Plus, it’s a floor you don’t ever have to replace.” Maintenance is also a cinch: Only a damp mop is necessary once or twice a year.

“The floors transitioned well but were distinctly unique and different from one another,” Johnston says. “We, along with the owners, were ecstatic with the outcome.”