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Justin Burd and Nathan Smith, Set In Stone Concrete Design House

Concrete coffee table by Justin Burd. Natural wood inlays in perpendicular patter cross at one end. Concrete trivet sits on top of a round concrete table.

Decorative concrete bars and concrete countertops are “anticlimactic” to many concrete contractors. Many concrete contractors continue to push the limits of what concrete can do as a medium by creating good design and shapes that are not often seen within the decorative concrete industry.

Fixing Bug Holes in One Step
PVA Fibers
Nashville Dinner Theatre, Nashville, Tenn.

The historical structure that now houses the Nashville Dinner Theatre has always attracted attention. During Prohibition times, people slyly used a tunnel in the building to transport alcohol to area nightclubs. Today, it attracts crowds for its dinner shows and performances by local vocalists.

A Guide to Unique Concrete Casting Surfaces

cast concrete water fountain

Old World-Style Concrete Countertops That Look Like Italian Granite

In 2015, homeowners who had traveled throughout Italy contacted Darryl Bates of Excalibur Surfaces in Simi Valley, California, about wanting Old World-style concrete countertops that looked like the Italian granite they had admired on their trip. Using products purchased through StoneCrete’s Ashby System, Excalibur delivered 52 square feet and 1,660 pounds of beautiful 2-inch-thick countertops in three sections that look as if they were hewn from a cliff.

Greener Cement

Since manufacturing portland cement damages the environment, more and more concrete makers are giving alternatives a chance.

Success with Concrete Countertops: Dealing with Wastewater and Sludge

The previous issue’s “Success With Concrete Countertops” article dealt with the role of water in your concrete. This issue’s column concerns the water produced during concrete countertop production.

Technology: Recycled Glass Aggregate

From crushed liquor bottles to melted bits and jelly beans, aggregate made from recycled glass is making artisans see green.

Glass-fiber Reinforced Concrete

Thanks to its incorporation of glass fibers into mix design, GFRC is thinner, lighter, stronger and offers more design flexibility.

How to use GFRC after the Batch is Mixed

Glass-fiber reinforced concrete, how to mix and use GFRCIn the June/July issue of Concrete Decor magazine, we covered how to put together three kinds of mixes of glass-fiber reinforced concrete. This time, we’re going to show you how to apply the GFRC after you’ve prepared it.

Concrete Home, Chehalis, Wash.

In this house, concrete is everywhere, from the floors to the walls to the tabletops.

Cheng Design's NeoMix for Concrete Countertops

Cheng's NeoMix was used to make this display for an upscale shoe boutiqueThe NeoMix system, from Cheng Design, makes it easy to create beautiful countertops. The system includes admixtures, custom-developed pigments, water reducers, semi-precious aggregates, sealer, wax, and finishing pads and tools.

Photo courtesy of Cheng Desgin

Concrete in Cold Weather
Rescuing a Nightmare Concrete Staining Job

Polished concrete floor by Julio HallackIn March of 2012 my company received a call from an outfit that was working on a project at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California. They wanted to discuss the issues that they were having with the application of an acid stain on almost 50,000 square feet of floor.

Gore Design Co. Countertop and Sink Molds

Brand Gore modular sink mold When asked how Gore Design Co.'s two (and soon to be three) integral sink molds set themselves apart in the marketplace, Gore Design principal Brandon J. Gore says it's a matter of timeliness.

Creating a Self-Consolidating Countertop Mix
Dana Boyer, ConcretiZen: Turning Art Into Concrete Profit

Geometric concrete creates a 3 dimensional affect on this driveway.Boyer is the owner of ConcretiZen, based in Apache Junction, Ariz. She does it all — art pieces, driveways, pool decks, countertops, floors. She takes residential and commercial jobs, coloring, texturing, stamping, polishing, sandblasting or engraving concrete.

Concrete Clad Bar Looks Like Upholstered Leather Sofa

upholstered bar sofa designAt first glance, you’d think you were looking at a distinguished upholstered bar done in a style that many attribute to a sofa designed for the fourth earl of Chesterfield, Philip Stanhope (1694-1773), that featured the now iconic buttoned leather look.

Custom concrete tile with cracked earth pattern debuts in London

Arty Concrete Tiles in the UK
A custom cracked earth design for a London garden

Understanding Water in Regards to Concrete Countertops
enVisions Casting Mat from PreiTech Corp.
Mille-feuille Bakery & Cafe Concrete Countertop

Dominating the interior of Mille-feuille, a tiny bakery and cafe in New York City's Greenwich Village, is a massive pale beige countertop, all smooth concrete curves and subtle flecks of off-white marble.  Dominating the interior of Mille-feuille, a tiny bakery and cafe in New York City’s Greenwich Village, is a massive pale beige countertop, all smooth concrete curves and subtle flecks of off-white marble. 

 

Design Ideas: Medical Facilities
Fu-Tung Cheng Now Offering Advanced Concrete Countertop Trainings

Fu Tung Cheng holds advanced training classes for countertopsFu-Tung Cheng, award-winning designer and author of Concrete Countertops, is now offering five-day Advanced Countertop Design Trainings. Held in Berkeley, Calif., the trainings are limited to 12 participants and include hours of direct instruction by Cheng.

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