Rick Barba, the homeowner and owner of Barba Concrete, Frankfort, Ill., called Vertical Artisans, New Lenox, Ill., because he had some pillars he wanted to have decorated around his pool, and wanted Vertical Artisans to train his crew in vertical handcarved concrete. The poured pillars measured 16 inches square, and merited a large stone look. The pergola was fabricated with 12 x 12-inch wood beams with 6 x 12-inch joists. Barba poured all of the substraights several weeks before Vertical Artisans began work.
All of the vertical handcarved concrete was done with Butterfield Color's Cantera, and stained with Butterfield Elements stains. There were several rainy days during construction - one day after carving work began, the wind picked up and it began to rain. Barba had his men stand around Nathan Giffin, owner of Vertical Artisans, with a viz-queen to create a plastic bubble around him so he could finish work. Vertical artisans also created focal points out of interesting rocks in the fireplace and in each of the pillars.
The pergola also included a daybed and couch, which along with the fireplace, were finished by Tommy Rock Inc., Addison, Ill. The decorative ironwork for the doors and fireplace were provided by P.I.W Corp. All of the surrounding areas around the pergola and pool were were done using Butterfield Color's Ashler Slate stamps after the handcarved vertical work was completed.