For the past 23 years, Frank Rusk of Rusk Concrete Textures, Las Vegas, has been transforming conventional concrete flatwork into works of art. Using coloring agents and texture-stamping tools, he creates tile, slate, stone, and other custom-designed patterns in concrete. Applications range from residential patios, pool decks, walkways, and drives to high-traffic commercial areas. Customers are attracted to Rusk's flatwork for more than its beauty. They also find it easier to maintain and less expensive to install than most of the materials it imitates.

As with any highly visible and detailed work, adherence to proven, reliable techniques is key to a successful project. Rusk explains the basic steps he follows to custom-design concrete flatwork.