This is a listing of some of our clients. Most recent are listed first. Please call the named contact for a recommendation.

Quality Builders / Kastrin Residence
c/o Mike Martinez
P.O. Box 251
Peralta, NM  87042
Contact: Mike Martinez, Builder (505) 480-4778
Description: We had a fine new slab of almost 3600 square feet to stain in this modern Albuquerque home. The tricky part was that the clients had their hearts set on a minimal blue-gray look that would be “almost not there.”  We did three sets of samples before finding the right combination of a much diluted turquoise blue, which would puddle in the low areas of the slab and only slightly tint the higher areas to leave the gray concrete showing through. We knew that our solvent-based sealer would intensify the hue a good deal, so we sealed all the stain samples in advance, to be sure of what the final result would be.  All went well.  (Completed January 2017)
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 Knox Residence
Albuquerque, NM
Contact: Private Client
Description: Our task here was to remove old carpet from a two-level circular living room which had been on the floor since the home was built in 1964. We found quite a smooth slab underneath but a great deal of spilled oil, some tar, and glue swirls from the carpet pad. What surprised us was that the tack strip had not only been nailed along the edges, but also glued down with something like Liquid Nails. As we pried up the tack strip it splintered into pieces, so it took two workers 9 hours, working inch by inch to chisel it up in tiny segments.  After a good deal of razor-scraping we got the thickest glue up and could then begin to dissove the rest with strippers. The owners had planned on having brown floors to contrast with the blue stone walls and fireplace, but our brown stain samples seemed to disappear into the very dark gray of the slab, while the blue acid stains appeared to lighten it. Fortunately, the clients chose a range of blues and greens to harmonize with the walls. We laid thin plastic across the 700 square foot area, which gave nice patterns and could distract the eye from the many filled holes along the wall and stair areas. (Completed January 2017)
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 Miller Stamped Patios
Albuquerque, NM
Contact: Private Client
Description: The clients had enlarged their existing integrally colored patio by adding 800 square feet of stamped concrete beyond a line of columns and around a hot tub, to double the size of their patio. The old slab had been sealed, which precluded changing its color. Their concrete placement guy then admitted that he could not stain the new gray concrete to match the older existing slab. We masked the older slab off and used a 1:1 dilution of Scofield’s Dark Walnut stain to get a close color match, then sealed it with two coats of Deco-Shield, a waterproofing sealer which protects, but is not subject to peeling after intense UV exposure. (Completed March, 2017)

Tom and Cindy Dooley Residence
Placitas, NM
Contact: Private Client
Description:  This adobe home was built ten years ago, but newly purchased by the clients who lived on the east coast.  All the floors were of integrally-colored concrete in a pale maroon shade, which was probably intended to look like brick.  The master and guest bedrooms had been carpeted, and the clients asked us to remove carpet, paint and glue and seal the floors before they moved in. We were able to match the rest of the floors with no stain needed, so they also had us clean and reseal the concrete in the rest of the home as well as the outdoor patios, which had never been waterproofed. Cindy made two trips to meet with us, but all work was done by the time the couple arrived with the first batch of furniture. (Completed April & May, 2017)

Jacob Residence Addition
Corrales, NM
Contact: Keller Williams Realty, S. Jacob (505) 897-1100
Description: In 2002 we stained and sealed the floors of a home addition which totaled 700 square feet. It became the most traffic –intense part of the home, namely a new entry, dining room and kitchen.  The owners made every effort to maintain the water-based sealer by following our instructions; however a busy family with large dogs had taken their toll.  Nowadays we use a more durable solvent-based sealer on all our floors, but in 2002 we only used it in restaurants and public locations, since we believed the manufacturer’s claims of long-term durability.

After all carpets and furniture were moved out, we used a “square scrubber” to remove several layers of old acrylic topcoats and get down to the original stained surface. We then found that by suspending dyes in our solvent sealer, mixed with acetone and alcohol, we could create a glaze which enhanced and evened out the floor color and filled in the deeper scratches. It all had to be rubbed in with rags while on our hands and knees and wearing masks, but the finished floors almost looked new, and should be more durable than the originals.  (Completed May, 2017)

Cat & Matt Odle basement room
Albuquerque, NM
Contact: Private Client
Description: This job was only 100 square feet in extent, but was one of the most damaged, rough and glue-encrusted floors we have ever seen. The clients had a charming older home, but were expecting a baby and really needed one more room in their home. We spent 90% of our time in preparation and patching on this floor, but the before and after photos make a great contrast.  (Completed May, 2017)
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 Joe & Toni Fammartino Residence
Santa Fe, NM
Contact: Private Client
Description: This home had 2000 feet of stained concrete floors which were in fairly good condition, except for some stains in the kitchen which had been faux painted by another contractor, but that paint had worn off from foot traffic. We were able to clean and preserve the interiors in one day and were then asked to clean and seal an even larger patio area outside. The color along the unshaded edges of the patios had faded, but we were able to glaze those to match areas closer to the house by adding a tint to our clear sealer.  (Completed June, 2017)

[From June through August of 2017 we did seven more preservation jobs for clients whose older floors needed refurbishing.]

Jill Brown, Landscape Architect
Placitas, NM
Description: One of Jill’s clients had a small patio shaped like a quarter circle. Their home featured several kokopelli sculptures, so they asked us to create two such figures at the center of the patio and to make the curved patio edge look as though it were bordered with dark bricks. We tried three brands of blue on the koko figures, but our stain faded overnight. In the end we had to use translucent acrylic paints to create the desired blue color. The edge of the slab did accept our terracotta stain. We used liquid latex rubber to mask off the “grout” areas between the bricks and added small darker dots to the faux bricks to give the illusion of texture.  In a photo it is not possible to tell that the edge of the patio is NOT bordered by real bricks.  (Completed September, 2017)
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 Dr. A. Harville Patio
Albuquerque, NM
Contact: Private client
Description:  A few years ago we stained a small upstairs patio for this client, who installed a barbeque unit in one corner. He later realized that the patio sloped toward the house, instead of down to the central drain, which caused damage to the edge of the upstairs kitchen. He hired someone with a concrete grinder to create a valley in the slab, to lead water runoff in the right direction. The grinding process revealed large pebbles in the matrix, left circular marks, and erased most of our stain.  Before we could restain we had to level out the strongest marks with a finer grinding wheel (by hand). After staining we had to glaze with faux paint over the most obvious pebbles, since our stains only work on concrete and not on rocks. We did manage to get a fairly even coloration across the whole patio.  (Completed October, 2017)
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Bart & Jerri Kinney
Albuquerque, NM
Contact:  Private Client
Description:  This job was for a home stained by a builder ten years ago in which many small cracks had become larger and there were some abraded areas where sealer and stain had been walked through. The home was 3500 square feet and there was heavy furniture to be moved, so we worked over three days in sections.  We were able to make the floors look like new and preserve them into the future. (Completed Jan, 2016).
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Trinity Construction Co
Dr. Ross Mohr’s Office
Contact:  or (505) 366-1909
This was a 2000 square foot dental office which had been acid stained by a competitor the previous year, but then damaged by one of his workers, so that the floors had obvious “splashes” where the color was lighter, since a chemical had been spilled on them. It took us some experimentation to figure out that much of the floor color was not in the stained concrete, but suspended in the clear sealer which had been applied on top. The only way to make invisible repairs was to suspend our dyes and oil paints in a similar clear sealer and carefully paint it within each blob with a small, soft-bristled brush. That way we could maintain the transparency of the original look. The doctor had to close his office for several days and a special service came to move the dental chairs and equipment which had been installed over the damaged floors. I was wary of taking this job and had the clients sign waivers, in case we failed. But our final repairs were invisible and durable, and the doctor has since employed us to refurbish the finishes at his home and office every few years. Trinity Construction also rewarded us with a nice new doctor’s office floor to stain in Santa Fe.  (Jobs Completed March/2015 & May/2016).
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R.T.I. Construction
Albuquerque, NM
Contact: Jose Andrade (505) 720-5177
This builder had tried using an amateur stainer to work on a patio floor for him and the results were spotty.  Fortunately, he had not sealed the job, so we were able to etch away most of the stain with acid-water and then restain in several new colors the client wanted in order to even out the job. It looks like problem-fixing will be our main task this year. (Completed March, 2016)

Jeff Lawrence Home
Albuquerque, NM
Contact: Private Client
Description: These clients had a home, most of which featured tile. Only the master suite and dining room had old carpeting, which they asked us to remove. The job amounted to 458 square feet and all went smoothly. The dining room was formal with a “tray” ceiling, so we echoed that on the floor by marking off a darker border about 16” out along the walls. (Completed May, 2016).

Territorial Landscaping
Albuquerque, N.M.
Contact: Jill Brown, Landscape Coach or Steve Schrider at Territorial
Description:  We stained several patios on a new home built in Mesa del Sol. Some were broom-finished and very porous (air-entrained?) concrete which we have been having problems with in the past year or two. Two of the patios were of stamped concrete and they were much easier to stain evenly. The clients wanted us to use 3 or 4 different shades of brown in a random pattern on the troweled and stamped squares. This was fun to do, although we were painting each one with brushes during a windstorm which kept lifting away the wall masking we used to protect the stucco walls.  (Completed March, 2016).
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Upfront Construction
Hernandez Residence
Taos, N.M.
Contact: Bob Orner, Builder (575) 758-1907 / Joaquin Karcher, Architect
Description:  This was a 700 square foot custom home being built for a woman from Chicago who was retiring to Taos. Her architect asked that we use Brickform stains, a brand we had not used before. She wanted varied blues, so we mixed their Antique Bronze and Jade colors on the floor. (Completed June, 2016)
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Rachel Matthew Homes
Richman/Small Residence
This was a 1350 square foot custom home being built in Placitas for a professional scuba diver and his artist wife.  She had worked as a professional interior designer, so she knew exactly what colors she wanted througout the house. A rich cobalt blue floor was needed in the master suite, so we had to use a penetrating dye for that area. Her husband’s study was done in Cohill’s Atomic Blue stain to resemble a tropical ocean. The rest of the floors were done in Cohill’s Toasted Almond to give a gold-to-rust spectrum.  Photos are from a wonderful dinner with which the clients rewarded us.  (Begun July, 2016 and completed February, 2017).
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PFB Custom Home Groups, LLC
Georgetown Lake, Montana
Contact: Jeff Vachal, Construction Supervisor at
Description: This was our third staining job for a fine company which specializes in custom log homes set in dramatic rural landscapes. This was a modern-style wood and stone home on the shores of a fishing lake built on three different levels of the shoreline. We drove 21 hours with our trailer to reach the site but enjoyed staying in a hunter’s inn nearby while we worked as the snow melted outside.  We had an excellent slab to work on and nice clients. The slab was hard troweled. We stained using an amber shade in the basement guest room and a darker shade in the upstairs rooms. The master suite had a darker border running along the walls.  (Completed September, 2016)  view photos

Bruketta and Skip Pascoe Residence
Sandia Park, N.M.
Description: In 2010 we had stained 1720 feet of flooring in this home for the builder, High Mountain Homes. We had used a dark walnut stain and a water-based clear sealer. The buyers of the home adopted a golden retriever and his toenails had damaged the sealer. Skip and his wife decided the walls and floors were too dark in the living room/kitchen, so they had all the walls replastered in a paler shade. The next step was to have our crew completely strip and restain the floors a lighter brown and this time to use a durable solvent-based clear sealer. It took us 80 man-hours to strip and patch the floors, but the new staining worked well and did brighten the atmosphere of the living spaces. (Completed September, 2016).

Grove Café & Market
1600 Central Avenue SE Albuquerque, NM
Contact: Bevin Owens, Manager, (505) 220-9401
Description:  We had stained 1800 square feet on the ground floor of an old building downtown during a training seminar, ten years prior. The space was later finished out as a trendy, gourmet café and meeting place on Central.  When the floors became badly scuffed and black around the edges, the owners called us in to do a complete refurbishment during 4 days in December when the café would be closed. I had estimated 14 hours of extra labor to remove waxy build-up and old soap along the counters and walls, but instead it took us 48 labor-hours!  The results, however, were radical and we only charged them for half our time.  (Completed December, 2015)
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Southwestern College Counseling
Santa Fe, NM
Contact: Ms. Katherine Ninos, V.P. SW College, (505) 467-6819
Description:  We had previously done a new Art Therapy Building for this successful Santa Fe College, and they have been loyal clients ever since. This job was to stain the floors of the hallways and half the rooms of a new couseling building being built on an adjacent lot. They wanted blue stains (Increte’s Weathered Copper) shading into areas of double-diluted Dark Walnut as soft, earthy accents.  Later on, they decided to have us do a dyed-and-stained rendition of their logo at the main hallway intersection. Job was over 2500 square feet. (Completed October, 2015)
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Dressel Residence
Albuquerque, NM
Description: This 2700 square foot job was for an innovative, passive solar home made to be completely off-the-grid in the South Valley (farm) area of town. It was carefully designed and engineered by the scientist-owner who contacted me during his research a year prior to construction. We did several sets of stain & sealer samples to get a dark enough brown for maximal thermal retention without being too dark to be practical.  The builder was Altima Construction.  (Completed August, 2015)
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David & Kim Cunnington Patio
Albuquerque, NM
Description:  This was a new stamped concrete patio poured over a former patio, so we had high edges upon which we could test some stain samples. The clients are artists who wanted a combination of Padre Brown with Cohill’s Aged Bronze shading to Blue in the centers. This was tricky and required three stainings to get a good blend without hard edges, especially since the slab temperature got up to 100 degrees on the second day of staining.  Some older steps down from the house had to be dyed to match, since they were too old to react to acid stain. The clients loved the look of the patio when WET so we sealed it with an oil-based sealer called Mex-Seal which is really made for Saltillo tile. That enhanced all the colors and made the clients very happy.  They let us pick all the cherries we wanted from their back yard trees.  (Completed end of June, 2015)
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Pool House for R.Guzman
R.T.I. Designs, Builder
Albuquerque, NM
Contact: Jose Andrade, RTI Designs, (505) 720-5177
Description: This was a new 1000 square foot slab with deep saw cuts making a pattern of 2-foot squares.  The slab was fairly clean, with few walls to mask, so we could give them an unusually low price. We used a slightly diluted version of Cohill’s Rustic Brown, spraying some high areas twice to create the evenness desired by the owner.  (Completed June, 2015)  

Thompson Addition Albuquerque, NM Contact: Private Client Description:  This was a new hallway and great room addition to an older home. The slab was in fine condition. The owner wanted a very subtle stain that was almost “not there.”  We did several sets of samples in the garage and the final choice was our twice-diluted version of Scofield’s Dark Walnut. This makes a neutral “paper bag brown” color with less orange than most of the other brown colors. (Completed May, 2015)
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The Railyard Urgent Care Center
Trinity Construction Builders
Santa Fe, NM
Contact: Vernon Ambos @ Trinity (505) 858-9960
Description: A new building housing 2500 square feet of doctor’s offices, a large waiting room and hallways. All were to be stained in a moderate brown color. The slab was excellent and the job went smoothly. (Completed November, 2014)  

Leilich Cabin Refurbish Santa Fe, NM Contact: Private Client Description: This was a 650 square foot rental unit with acid stained concrete floors which had not been maintained properly. All the high-traffic areas were down to gray concrete, because all the sealer was walked off.  We took photos before and after for the new owner, who was surprised by what some cleaning and faux painting could do. If our Terra Glaze final finish is reapplied every two years or so, there should be no such wear happening again. (Completed November, 2014)
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Mobley Residence
Santa Fe, N.M.
Contact: Private Client
Description: This was an older home in which all the large rooms were tiled, but the bedrooms and hallways had been under carpet. The new owner wanted us to remove paint splatters and glue and stain the bedrooms in blues and greens. We never met the owner in person, but she had a friend to meet with us and choose colors by proxy.  (Completed September, 2014)
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Straba Residence
Placitas, NM
Contact: Private Client
Description: The owner had a tennis-court contractor pour the slab which was very pale white and seemed to be of air-entrained concrete, since it took twice as much stain and sealer as most slabs. The client chose a very pale blue, since she wanted the floors to look Caribbean. We used accents of a darker blue, but that made the original blue look like gray in comparison. After another scrub and more intense blue stain with faux painting, the client was happy with the results.  (Completed June, 2014)
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Crawford Residence
Downtown Taos, New Mexico
Contact: Private Client
Description: Faux Real traveled to Taos to do decorative 2-color staining on the interior of a “tiny home” as well as a brown stain on the patios around the house for a total of 780 square feet. Our client wanted the colors to speak to those in her antique painted furniture. We laid plastic into the stain for elaborate patterns. (Completed June, 2014).
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Vianello-Silber Residence
Santa Fe, NM
Contact: James Casanova, Casanova Construction,  (505)425-8949
Description: This new home’s architect wanted a pared-down Shaker look on the interiors of this new home. After several sets of stain samples, the clients chose to simply have the slab cleaned and sealed. The new slab was in good condition, but unusually dark in color and slick, since it had been power-troweled. We cleaned and etched the slab, which lightened it somewhat, and used a water-based sealer to prevent the darkening which comes with solvent sealers. Some areas along walls were mottled with paler concrete, so these areas had to be faux painted with darker gray to blend in with the rest of the floors.  (Completed May, 2014)
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Baker Utility Supply Building
c/o Darla Schleyer, Interior Design
2nd Street area of Albuquerque, NM
Contact: Darla Scheyer, Interiors (505) 681-4880
Description: Faux Real had to remove old black tile mastic from the damaged floor of an old warehouse which was being remodeled to become a retail display area with an employee bath and lunch room. The stripping and prep took us about a week. Once walls and plumbing were installed, we returned to do a decorative concrete stain and seal in Padre Brown with durable solvent-based clear sealer. (Completed March, 2014).
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D & R. Chacko Residence
Cerros Colorados,
Santa Fe, NM
Contact: Private Client
Description: Due to a broken pipe when the clients were out-of-town, two rooms with wood floor laminate were badly damaged, as well as parts of the already-stained concrete in the rest of the house. We needed to remove the mastic from the rooms with glued-on wood prior to staining them to match the rest.  The older stained floors just needed cosmetic repairs, some fresh sealer, and faux painting to conceal calcium carbonate deposits left when the water evaporated.  About 1400 square feet.  (Completed March, 2014)
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Newcombe Residence
Dolores, Colorado
Jay Cruzan, Contractor
Contact: Jay Cruzan (970) 882-7271
Description:  An Indian Health Services administrator remembered our work for him on the Alamo Wellness Center years ago. He is retiring to a small town in Colorado and building a new house. He wanted us to include the colors he could see from his picture window in the fall. We made a two- day trip up in advance to do stain samples. We used Cohill’s Bronze color with Increte Turquoise accents (made darker with sprinkles of Miracle Grow crystals) and touches of Terracotta Clay.  (Completed November, 2013)
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Aragon Patios Refurbished
Bear Restoration, Contractor
Albuquerque, NM
Contact: Jeff Hayes, Bear Restoration (505) 888-1164
Descriiption: This was and unusual job. The original house had burnt to the ground when the owners were away on vacation. The patios surrounding the house had been stained a fairly dark brown color and sealed, but were spotted with efflorescence and damage from smoke and standing puddles of water. Faux Real was hired to clean and restore the patios. In some places we could use dyes to color hazy white spots, but in others we had to use acrylic paints. We applied two coats of Sheen C-40 clear sealer to protect our work. (Completed October, 2013)
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Ryan Remodel La Cienega area Santa Fe, NM Jim King, Builder Contact: Jim King (505) 975-6801 Description: The owners were remodeling an old pottery workshop into a guest suite with living area, bath and kitchen. They requested a combination of 70% brown with 30% blue to look like stained floors with tourquoise insets. We used two layers of Cohill’s stains and lots of faux painting to achieve the effect. (Completed October, 2013)

Schimberg Residence
Steve Williams, Architect/Builder
Albuquerque, NM
Contact: Owner contracted with us. Telephone is private.
Description: Faux Real stained the original floors of this home by the Bosque in 2006. It was integrally-colored (pink) and stamped with a slate texture. At the builder’s request we stained it to a brown and green blend. The master suite was a flat gray slab which was carpeted. By 2013 the owner wanted to upgrade the master suite by removing the carpet and having us stain the floors with Cohill’s Toasted Almond stain. (Completed August, 2013)
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Villa Residence
Homewise Builders
Santa Fe, NM
Contact: Owner contracted with us directly, since builder refused to stain floors.
Description: We were asked to clean and stain 1100 square feet of a cracked and spalled slab which had been poured the previous winter. The builder had planned for the floors to be covered with carpet. The new owner wanted a pale, lightly stained floor. Fortunately, the slab was beautifully marked by “curing blankets” which had been applied soon after the slab was placed.  All our work was in the preperation. We used a diluted version of Cohill’s Rustic Brown stain and sealed with a water-based sealer at owner’s request. The owner is a rockhound who loves the stonelike appearance. (Completed May, 2013)
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Ruddy Restoration
Santa Fe, NM
Contact: Owners were DIYs who want telephone numbers kept private.
Description:  The owners had bought a house with dark, painted floors. They stripped them back to gray. Faux Real was asked to fill holes and cracks, clean and seal the floors so that they would look like “natural gray concrete floors.”  This required a good deal of faux painting over patches and rough spots so that all would blend well together. (Completed April, 2013)

L. Martin Addition
Prull & Associates, Builders
Las Companas, NM
Contact: Prull & Associates:
Description: Faux Real was hired to stain the floor of a trophy room addition and to match it to existing stained floors in an older home (not done by us). The clients hired us directly to patch, faux paint abrasions and reseal all the old stained floors as well. (Completed February, 2013)

Lee Patio Synergy Builders Corrales, NM Contact: Jason Howard, Synergy Builders (505) 269-6460 Description: We stained a 600 square foot patio working around an inlaid pebble walkway and built-in cooking island.  Also stained the concrete counters around the outdoor grill. (Completed December 2012)

Monte’s Pipe Shop Faux Real LLC Albuquerque, NM Contact: Matthew Monte, Owner (505) 881-7999 Description: This was a small (60 square foot) store entry area which needed to be demolished and restructured. We contracted out the new slab placement and did by hand a detailed Gurkha Cigar logo, which we inlaid before one doorway. (Completed September, 2012)
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Anderson- Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Restoration
City of Albuquerque, NM
Contact: Ms. Marilee Nason, Director (505) 768-6029
Description: Faux Real did the original staining on the floors of the hot- air Balloon Museum in 2005, but heavy traffic and lax maintenance took a heavy toll.  Some areas of the floor were abraded down to gray and inlaid entry designs rendered illegible. We could only work on Mondays when the museum was closed.  After several months of stripping and re-painting, the floor designs looked better than they were originally. (Completed June, 2012)
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Streams Residence
Mountain Architects Inc. & Precision Craft
Mimbres, NM
Contact: Dan Geis (208) 493-2698
Description:  A couple from the east coast was retiring to land they bought near Silver City, NM. They built a log home with a sunken “Africa Room.” We painted the stair risers down to this room with African motifs after staining them. We stained a Mimbres Pottery design into the entryway, as well as the ground floor of the house and a tack room in the barn. About 2200 sq. ft. with patios. (Completed June, 2012)
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Dragoo Residence
Estancia, NM
Contact: Homeowners (private number)
Description: The owners had seen our floors at Albuquerque Lighting and wanted that look. We tried diluting Scofield’s Dark Walnut stain, but it became too orange on their slab. We experimented with small addition of Black, which gave them the subtle tan colors they wanted. (Completed May, 2012)

Fletcher Residence
Chiaroscuro Complex Santa Fe, NM
Contact: Aqui / Caroline Morgan Vacation Rentals (505) 984-8885
Description:  An 11 year-old adobe home was being enlarged and the original floors refurbished. The slab was integrally-colored red and under ceramic tile. The tile-setting compound had been ground off, leaving circular marks along the walls. The owner wanted to avoid placement of an overlayment, but wanted the grinder marks obscured. By sanding and acid-etching the rooms, we managed to accomplish that! The client was so pleased that she paid us more than we billed. (Completed March, 2012)
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Tanner Residence
Homewise Homes
Santa Fe, NM
Contact: Faux Real contracted directly with the homeowner (numbers kept private).
Description: The Homewise Company has begun building small tracts of mid-price homes in Santa Fe. Since these are NOT custom built homes, the builder insists on carpeting the floors before turning them over to the purchaser, even though the buyers state that they will stain most their floors prior to move-in.  We had to spend 47 labor-hours removing painter’s overspray along walls and filling holes from the carpet pad tack strip. We used two Increte Stain colors mixed on the slab. The concrete had wonderful natural patterns, so no plastic was necessary.  (Completed March, 2012)
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E. Chant Residence
Chant Associates
Corrales, NM
Contact: Chant Associates (Ethan) (505) 938-2406
Description: We had done a small commercial job for this company. When the son built an addition onto his old adobe home, he called us in to stain 450 sq. ft. of area where an old slab (partially ground down) adjoined a new one. We used a dilute version of Scofield’s Dark Walnut with thin plastic laid into it. The ground-down areas took very little stain and had to be dyed or faux painted to match new areas of slab. (Completed September, 2011)
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Los Luceros Kitchen
La Mesilla Construction
Espanola, NM
Contact: John Young (505) 927-6513
Description: An historic adobe estate was being refurbished to create a filmmakers’ meeting center and workshop. We were called in to stain the new slab in the kitchen. This was an easy job, except for masking the legs of the stainless steel work tables which had already been installed on the slab. That took us longer than the staining. We used a three-color mix of stains. (Completed August, 2011)
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Sorenson Patios
Albuquerque, NM
Description: We stained three old adjoining slabs (and one was integrally colored pink) to look like one unified area. (The patio was surrounded by blooming flowers we preferred not to kill). We also stained a long flight of old concrete stairs down to a lower level. The patio looked newly-formed when we finished. 600 sq. ft.(Completed August, 2011)

Haley Residence
Albuquerque, NM
Contact: homeowners DIY builders
Description: In the year 2000 we stained the Haley home, but the bedrooms were carpeted. The owners updated ten years later by removing the carpet and patching the three bedroom floors. We did our best to match the Weathered Bronze Scofield stain color we’d used, but that color no longer “splits” into green and brown, so we mixed other colors together and were able to make a fairly close match. The clients were very happy. (Completed June, 2011)

King Residence
Santa Fe, NM
Contact: Daniel Buck Construction (505) 660-8383
Description: The clients were adding on to their old kitchen slab a brand new slab to double the size of their living/kitchen area. They wanted us to stain the new slab a very pale color which would match the older, yellower slab at the far end of the room. Then we were to patch numerous holes, faux paint them away and seal the floors. Clients wanted the illusion of one unified, unstained, but sealed gray slab. We had to use dyes instead of acid stains to make the match, but we succeeded. We later returned to stain a new bunkhouse.  (Completed March, 2010)

Snowden Residence
Koinonia Builders
Albuquerque, NM
Contact: Paul McDonald, Builder (505) 249-8634
Description: Faux Real stained 1100 sq. ft. of floors in the living room and bedrooms in a mixture of four Increte stain colors with plastic sheeting laid in for visual texture. We did 4 sets of samples for the client before deciding on the best proportion of each color. (Completed June, 2010) view photos

Southwestern College Art Building
Kreger Design-Builders
Santa Fe, NM
Contact: Bob Kreger (505) 660-9391
Description: Faux Real stained 1300 sq. ft. of floors in an unusual combination of colors (blue and diluted walnut). The tricky part of the job was patching many areas of spalled concrete with a fine microtopping which would accept stain, but not appear grainy on the slickly troweled floor. (Completed January, 2010)

Scott Residence
Castle Valley, Utah
Contact: None- we value our client’s privacy.
Description: We stained the floors of the greatroom, which had a wall of high glass windows looking out on the fantastic stone monuments in the valley. We consulted with the DIY client beforehand, brought all supplies and did the staining and sealing in the winter. (Completed December, 2009)
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Labyrinth at St. Paul’s Peace Church
Las Vegas, New Mexico
Contact: John  E. Ridder, Jr. (317) 842-2997 or see
Description: We stained the background color for a 480 sq. ft. outdoor walking labyrinth at the church, the pattern for which was laid out by John Ridder. We then stained and sealed the linear pattern and sealed with four coats of Dayton’s J-35 Tuffseal. (Completed September, 2009)
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Panorama Homes’ Mountain Casita
The Paa-Ko Development
Highway 14 East of Albq.
Contact: John Lowe at Panorama Builders (505)688-6834
Description: We stained 2200 sq. ft. on the ground floor of a model home in time for a showing in the Parade of Homes. Contractor requested we stain the floors black and apply two coats of Elite Crete’s Reflector Enhancer (copper-shift coloring powder) mixed into the solvent sealer topcoat.The home won a prize in the Parade. (Completed September, 2009)
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Cathers Home Builders
Razzore-Rossein Residence
Aspen Valley, Colorado
Contact: Mark Doherty & Rick Atchinson, builders, (970) 379-1851
Description: Faux Real consulted and trained the builders’ crew on the staining of 3100 sq. ft. of black floor at this dream home with 360-degree mountain views of the Aspen Valley. (Completed August, 2009)
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Karas Residence 
Albuquerque Foothills area
New Mexico
Contact: Private client
Description: A small covered patio (requiring the removal of a curing compound) was stained brown after the application of a latex resist which created a Japanese design as the centerpiece of the slab. (Completed June, 2009)
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Griess Residence
Paa-Ko Village
Sandia Park, NM
Contact: High Mountain Home Builders, D. Engelmann, (505) 286-4088
Description: We cleaned, filled cracks, and sealed an unstained concrete floor for the clients who adhered to a minimalist Japanese esthetic. (Completed June, 2009)
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California Industrial Rubber
1690 Sierra Avenue
Yuba City, California 95993
Contact: Dean Webb, Contractor (530) 633-4072
Description: Offices and boardroom in a new warehouse space (1000 sq. ft.) with dark walnut borders paralleling the walls. (Completed May, 2009)
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Nature Pointe Clubhouse
Avenida Allegre off Sedillo Road
Tijeras, NM
Contact: Alex Leonard, Developer (505) 450-2384
Description: The 7600 sq. ft. pueblo-style clubhouse of a new community being built in the East Mountains. Includes artist-drawn buck logo in contrasting colors in the entry.
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Labyrinth for Cathedral Church of St. John
318 Silver SW
Albuquerque, NM 87103
Contact: Douglas R. Bailey, Jr. Warden St. John’s (505) 342-3368
Description: A 361 sq. ft. circular walking labyrinth designed by John Ridder and executed in two colors of acid stain by Faux Real for the new central courtyard at St.Johns. (Completed May, 2008)
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Precision Eye Center
800 Paseo del Norte NE
Albuquerque, NM 87122
Contact: Dee Durano, Builder (505) 264-1341
Description: A 2850 sq. ft. showroom and office space featuring amber acid stain with alfalfa used for calligraphic visual texture. (Completed March, 2008)
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Equestrian Center
Deer Canyon Preserve
Mountainair, New Mexico
Contact: Jack Anderson at J.C. Anderson Construction, (505) 830-0313
Description: A tack room and lounge of 1000 sq. ft. adjoining the stables. (Completed February, 2008)

Glenwood Lofts
Montgomery and Tramway
Albuquerque, NM
Contact: Kenny Hinkes, Developer/Builder, (505) 255-4755
Description: A gated community of 24 townhomes, all with stained concrete on the ground floor. Buyers selected one of four colors. Example in photo is red Cemtint over brown acid stain . 21,024 Sq. ft. total. (Completed 2006 through Sept. 2007)
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Los Alamos County Fire Department – Entry Logo
State Highway 4
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Contact: Michael Montalvo, liaison (505) 662-8329
Description: A full color logo 8’ wide on a stained floor in the entrance lobby of the new firehouse. (Completed August, 2007)
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The Center for Prenatal Development
4010 Montgomery NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Contact: Ed Becker with Britton Construction, (505) 268-2626
Description: We stained 2500 sq. ft. of exam rooms in an ultrasound facility using alfalfa for texturing and dark walnut borders out from the walls in each room. (Completed June, 2007)
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A. Louck Residence
Old Pecos Trail Estates
Sant Fe, NM
Contact : Housemakers, Chip Evans, Builder, (505) 470-9002
Descrption: We stained and sealed about 1500 sq. ft. of an architect’s residence with a mixture of weathered Bronze and Antique Amber, laying veins and rags into the stain. (Originally stained in ’99, New addition completed November of 2007)
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Rio Rancho Event Center 
2400 30th Avenue
Rio Rancho, NM 87144
Contact: Steven D. Bell with Hunt Construction Group, (505) 765-9913
Description: Staining and sealing of 25,500 sq. ft. of entry floors and hallways surrounding a new hockey stadium and event center. (Completed October, 2006)
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Rivera Residence
North Albuquerque Acres
Albuquerque, NM
Contact: John Lowe, builder at Panorama Homes (505) 856-7372
Description: A 1500 sq. ft. exercise room and pool surround on the ground floor of new residence. Done in a mixture of weathered greens and blues. (Completed August, 2006)
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Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
4065 Bitter Lakes Road
Roswell, New Mexico
Contact: White Sands Construction, builder, (505) 437-7816
Description: We stained 3100 sq. ft. of flooring in a dramatic swamp overlook using browns and greens to mimic the view. (Completed July, 2006)
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Moriarty High School / New Addition
200 Center Avenue
Moriarty, NM 87035
Contact: Clay Gooden, Pres. Star Construction, (505) 823-1100
Description: A 10,000 sq. ft. project involving 4 colors in geometric patterns throughout science labs and hallways. (Completed Dec. 30, 2005)
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Alamo Wellness Center
Navajo Reservation
Alamo, New Mexico
Contact: Darryl Sam at Sam Wadsworth Construction, Mesa AZ (602) 618-1030
Description: A 5,000 sq. ft. project involving extensive crack repair and veined texturing with plastic. An epoxy-urethane sealer was applied at finish. (Completed Dec. 6, 2005)
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PSJ Builders – Cullen Residence
Diamond Tail Ranch
Placitas, NM
Contact: Builder Paul Joseph, (505) 362-3369
Description: A 1500 sq. ft. living area floor stained with blue-green colors and straw soaked in brown for a calligraphic look. (Completed Nov. 16, 2005)
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Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
Balloon Museum Drive, off of Alameda
Contact: Jim Roupas with Gerald Martin. G.C., (505) 823-6838
Description: A 12,000 sq. ft. project with two colors and intricate balloon designs etched into the floor. Job completed in 15 days while other trades and forklifts rolled across our work! (Nov. 1, 2005)
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Diamond Tail Ranch / Model Home
109 Diamond Tail Road
Placitas, New Mexico 87043
Contact: Dan Dennison, Pres., (505) 771-2000
Description: A 1500 sq. ft. floor using ground corncobs for mottled texture and 4 tints of sealer to create subtle differences between each scored block. (Oct. 4, 2005)
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Sierra West Sales
720-P St. Michael’s Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Contact: Kevin Hilton, Builder (505) 955-0923
Description: An 1800 sq. ft. appliance showroom stained with our special Molina Mix and plastic for a faux cork appearance. (Oct, 2005)
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A. Griego Residence
North Valley
Albuquerque, N.M.
Contact: D. Francis Construction, (505) 440-7052
Description: We stained the ground floor in a mixture of diluted dark walnut with small amounts of bronze added and thin plastic laid into the stain for our “cork floor effect.” (Completed July, 2005)view photos

Stevenson Residence
High Desert
Albuquerque, NM
Contact: Scott Patrick Homes (505) 828-9900
Description: A 2500 sq. ft. home with “alligator skin crackle” across the slab, which we emphasized by staining with a diluted black stain. (Completed June, 2005) view photos

The Santa Fe Arcade Shopping Plaza
60 East San Francisco Street
Contact: Jan Stoeppler with Cameron Construction (505) 988-7193 x225
Description: A 3-story indoor shopping arcade running from Water Street to the famous Santa Fe Plaza. Approximately 12,000 Sq. Ft. was stained in vivid turquoise hues. (Completed May 2004)
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J. Terrell Residence
Navajo Route 7
Chinle, Arizona
Contact: Joaquin Karcher, designer, (575) 758-9741
Description: A 3300 sq. ft. home with decorative saw cut borders and multicolored Navajo rug designs in several rooms. (Completed February, 2004)
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Earth Spirit Airport Gift Shop
Albuquerque International Airport
Contact: Cara McCulloch, AIA @ Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, (505) 761-9700
Description: Faux Real stained the original concrete slab of the old airport concourse, which included large patches of Ardex to make a unified “river” design across a green field according to architect’s specs. (Completed in June, 2003)

Express Scripts/Employee Lounge
6150 North 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ
Contact: Barry Williams, with DMJMH&N Architects (602) 337-2557
Description: Faux Real crew traveled to Phoenix to do a complicated multicolored stain design on the floor of an old warehouse with various slabs of concrete (old and new) in the employee break room area. Crew completed the job in four days. (March, 2003)

Café Duke
1450 Broadway
New York, NY 10018-2201
Contact: Andy Sung, Contractor HYPERLINK “”
Description: Faux Real owner, Gaye Goodman, consulted by phone with builder to gather supplies and crew for a 5,000 square foot restaurant remodel project in New York’s theater district. She then flew there and supervised design, color choice, staining and final sealing using local workers for four days. (Feb. 2003)

PNM Skybox
Isotopes Ballpark Stadium
Albuquerque, NM
Contact: Jan Bernson, Designer at Iron Horse Design Group (505) 244-9167
Description: Faux Real was hired to stain the floor of the local electric company’s luxury skybox, featuring their seven-foot logo etched into the entry to simulate an ancient petroglyph. (Feb. 2003)
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Demijohn Residence
San Pedro Creek Estates
Sandia Park, NM
Contact: Diane Menapace, builder (505) 856-5850
Description: A 2300 sq. ft. home with maple leaves embossed into the slab and highlighted by faux painting on a bronze and amber stained background. (Completed January, 2003) view photos

Indulge—A Beauty Euphoria
851 Cerillos Road
Santa Fe, NM
Contact: Debbie Chapman of Chapman Homes (builder) (505)983-8100
Description: Faux Real stained and sealed 1800 sq. ft. of floors for an upscale salon. (Jan. 2003) view photos

Avila Business Office
5001 Ellison Avenue
Albuquerque, NM
Contact: John or Kathleen Avila (505) 341-3753
Description: Faux Real did decorative staining on an old office building slab which had settled badly, including a crack called “the Grand Canyon” which bisected the building. We leveled and faux-painted the cracks to enhance the variegated marble design of the floors. (August, 2002)
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Connoley Residence
High Desert
Albuquerque, NM
Contact: Westwork Architects, Cindy A. Terry, (505) 884-5252
Description: A saw-cut slab stained with black and dark walnut (2300 sq. ft.) to reflect the client’s sculpture and art collection. (Completed July, 2002)
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Plazuela Vigil
411 Romero Ave.
Old Town, Albuquerque
Contact: Robert Ruth, builder, with Sunbelt Properties (505) 480-8159
Description: Decorative stain and sealing of 4500 square foot shopping plaza in Old Town. (April 2002)

Jersey Jack’s Eatery
4320 The 25 Way, Ste. 650
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Contact: Rico Tanuz, Owner (505)249-6637 or Suzanne Williams, Builder (505)450-8286
Description: Faux Real stained 2000 sq. ft. of entry and dining room floors in deli, using thin plastic laid into wet stain to create darker shapes. (April, 2002)
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Nothing but Noodles
11225 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Ste. A
Albuquerque, NM 87111
Contact: Andy Hart of Hart Construction, (505)345-4001
Description: Faux Real stained 870 sq. ft. of public area surrounding central dining room, sealed and waxed a very old damaged slab which had previously been under tile. (March, 2002)

Dutchman Residence
Corrales, New Mexico
Contact: Private Client
Description: A 2400 sq. ft. floor in bronze, ambers and blues using various colors and borders in separated areas. Rags and veins used for visual texture. We later did three other spec homes for this client. (Completed February, 2002)
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Tucano’s Brazilian Grill
c/o Gear & Condon Construction
11728 Linn Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87123
Contact: Art Logan-Condon (505)293-5256
Description: Faux Real drew out and stained multi-colored curvilinear patterns on 5,000 sq. ft. restaurant floor and sealed with special penetrating, non-skid sealer. (Dec. 2001) NOTE: Floor poorly maintained by owners.

Rio Grande Montessori School
c/o Mayan Construction Company
P.O. Box 9823
Albuquerque, NM 87119
Contact: Josh Chavez or Carlos (505)345-8944
Description: We stained an indoor-outdoor arts and crafts room floor at the school. (Nov. 2001)

Sun Valley Commercial Center
c/o Brown Development Corp.
1118 Park Avenue SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Contact: Bob Kitts, supervisor (505)341-2284
Description: Faux Real removed old stain and restained an office entry floor which had not been done correctly. We also stained an elevator lobby in another area. (September, 2001)

Talking Hands Giftshop
Phoenix International Airport
c/o John & Kathleen Avila
8529 Rio Grande Blvd.
Albuquerque, NM 87114
Contact: John Avila, Owner (505)792-1778
Description: Decorative Staining of concrete floor of new 860 sq. ft. gift shop at airport terminal. (Oct. 2000)

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall
Solana Beach, California
c/o Greg Brown or Karen Bullette
P.O. Box 201
Solana Beach, California 92075
Contact: Greg Brown, architect (760)436-7410
Description: Our crew traveled to California and stayed one week to design, clean and stain a 2,000 sq. ft. floor for the Unitarian Universalist Church to use as a meeting and events hall. (August, 2000)

Corrales Winery
6275 Corrales Road
Corrales, NM
Contact: Keith & Barbara Johnstone (505) 898-1819
Description: We stained the floor of the tasting room and entry using veins and rags to simulate marble. (May, 2000)
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TVI Support Services Building
TVI Campus, Albuquerque, NM
Shumate Constructors, Inc.
4954 Fairfax NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87114-0000
Contact: Mark Shumate (505) 823-1218
Description: stained concrete floor of main hallway in the new Support Services Building. (Jan. 1999)
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Gatherings and Starbuck’s
9821 Montgomery Blvd.
Albuquerque, NM
Contact: Mike Kerr of Shumate Constructors (505) 884-6234
Description: Faux Real hired to stain 3 storefront floors of the Korber Building – a gift shop, beauty salon and coffee shop. Different floor patterns and colors were designed for each shop. Over 4500 Sq. ft. total (March 1998). view photos

Albuquerque Lighting
2100 Osuna NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113
Contact: David May, Dir. of Marketing (505) 345-2727
Description: Faux Real stained 3800 sq.ft. in a new showroom addition to their old building on Osuna Road (October 1998).
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Route 66 Elementary School
Moriarty, New Mexico
Contact: Tom Cole, builder (505) 898-8698
Description; Staining of 4400 square feet of hallway at Route 66 Elementary School. The floor was done to look like an aerial view of the states traversed by old Rt. 66 including state borders and dashed road lines. (October 1998)
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The Elk Mountain Lodge
c/o Terry Stright
37485 Highway 126
Jemez Springs, NM 87025
Contact: Owner and Manager Terry Stright (505) 829-3159
Description: Faux Real designed borders for and stained all floors in two new guest cabins. (June, 1998)

Las Campanas Spa & Tennis Club
c/o Klinger Constructors
8701 Washington, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Contact: Ray Smith, V.P. – (505) 856-8206
Description: Staining of 10,000 sq.ft. of hallways and gathering rooms at a country club in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Floor cut into 4-foot squares and each square patterned to look like a separate piece of limestone. (December, 1998)
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The J & R Vintage Auto Museum
Joiner Construction Company
1070 Verana Road
Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87174
Contact: Evonna Joiner (505) 892-1311
Description: Faux Real stained entryway and bookstore of an auto museum using a three-colored design from a Renaissance painting. (May, 1996)
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O’Hare’s Grille & Pub
P.O .Box 45063
Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87174-5063
Contact: Michael Hughes (505) 896-0123
Description: Faux Real stained restaurant floors and did “faux plaster” look on walls of a restaurant remodel on a sixty year-old slab. (December, 1995)
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