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Give Your Home a Concrete Countertop Face Lift

Concrete countretop with reds and oranges and a ribbon of aggregate.With the economy in doldrums, it is commonly accepted that homeowners are looking to stay in their homes longer rather than sell. Therefore, the renovations they are undertaking are seen as representing their tastes rather than what they hope a buyer may like.

Precasting Isn't Just for Concrete Countertops Anymore

The granite industry is, in many areas of the country, vigorously strangling itself in a downward spiral of ever-lower pricing and qualityConcrete rivals or surpasses many common architectural materials when it comes to versatility of design and application. Its customizability is well-known, and more fabricators are starting to realize how they can capitalize on its versatility in expanding their market.

Going Beyond Square-edged Countertops

Edge form for concreteAlthough rocker Huey Lewis made headlines singing how it was “Hip to be Square,” artisan Ben Ashby couldn’t quite jibe with that mantra when it came to concrete countertops. Back in the early ’90s, others in the fledgling decorative concrete business — like FuTung Cheng and Buddy Rhodes, he remembers — were perfectly fine with square-edged countertops but Ashby wanted more for his creations.

Embedded Gears with Faux Fluid Make Unique Concrete Countertop

At the center of the kitchen space stands 650 lbs of concrete and steel in this concrete countertopAt the center of the kitchen space stands 650 lbs of concrete and steel. This unique element appears to be balancing on three steel posts, creating an openness while still defining the space.

Concrete Artisan Turns Lifelong Passion into Successful Business

Concrete pool deck with lighted swimming pool.Have you ever asked potential customers to dress like pirates to make a sale? Outdoor-concrete expert Scott Cohen did — and it worked.

The Benefits of Glass-fiber Reinforced Concrete

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

Transforming Outdoor Spaces into Outstanding Spaces

For Napa, Calif., homeowners, contractors were able to get a handle on the situation, creating a countertop for an outdoor kitchen that still looks great more than a year later.Trying to manage ultraviolet light exposure in California isn't an easy thing to do, particularly when it comes to its effect on concrete sealers. For Napa, Calif., homeowners, contractors were able to get a handle on the situation, creating a countertop for an outdoor kitchen that still looks great more than a year later.

Two Concrete Artisans Take Four Awards at 2013 ARDAs

Four decorative concrete projects were among the winners in the 2013 American Residential Design Awards, announced in July by the American Institute of Building Design.Four decorative concrete projects were among the winners in the 2013 American Residential Design Awards, announced in July by the American Institute of Building Design.

Comprehensive Forming Systems from Preitech

A completed sink using Preitech forming systems.The market for concrete countertops has grown dramatically in recent years, and savvy contractors are broadening their skills to address the growing demand for them. However, many have found these projects to be challenging for two main reasons.

Tips and Tricks: Concrete Countertop Maintenance

Concrete countertop in a kitchen with fruit resting on itFrom "food-safe" to "sacrificial coating," kitchen concrete countertop maintenance will have you upgrading your vocabulary along with your tool kit. Here's how to speak the language.

Precast Concrete with Curiosity, Artistry and Innovation

Green precast concrete fireplace mantle in a beautiful living room with light woodwork.Curiosity: Stay eternally curious about better methods, collaborative opportunities and advances in sustainability.
Artistry: Remember that concrete is an artisan’s canvas.
Innovation: Employ state-of-the-art techniques to achieve a very dense and reliable concrete product.

Sink Molds, Edge Detail Molds, Tools and Fiber Optics for Concrete Countertops from Infinicrete

A bathroom vanity made with concrete and a double sink feature.For the past three years, decorative concrete artisan Jeff Kudrick has been developing his own sink and countertop molds and decorative concrete tools under the brand name Infinicrete, using them regularly in high-profile projects and distributing them through manufacturing companies Cheng Concrete and SureCrete Design Products.

Concrete that Smells Delicious

Concrete table tops impregnated with coffee grounds and vanilla beans.Aggregates that glow and sparkle. Scented concrete. Salted concrete. Cremated ashes in concrete ... Just some of the out-there options that are only offered by this industry.

Helicopter Makes Concrete Job Uplifting

Since the cranes for a rooftop hardscape project had moved on before the precast concrete furniture was ready, a helicopter was hired to do the heavy lifting.Since the cranes for a rooftop hardscape project had moved on before the precast concrete furniture was ready, a helicopter was hired to do the heavy lifting.

Recipe: Beach Glass Countertop

Beach glass embedded concrete countertop blues and green glass.Custom countertop design evokes the look of a lakeshore with integral color and acid stains, plus the homeowners' collection of beach glass used as a creative custom aggregate.

How to Free-Form Concrete Fabric Forming

A look at a fabric formed concrete countertop.The process for “free-forming” a fabric mold — for all kinds of creative, ripply results — is a little different but will include many of the same steps as basic fabric forming. The biggest difference is that you will be working on the outside of the mold first.

A Look at Chris Becker of Becker Architectural Concrete

Concrete contractors screeding a cast concrete table that is shaped like a surfboard.Along with his focus on quality work, Chris Becker makes education a priority — for homeowners, builders, architects and landscape designers.

Medical Facilities Turning to Decorative Concrete

A closer look at decorative concrete making its way into medical facilitys across the U.S. and beyond.A closer look at decorative concrete making its way into medical facilitys across the U.S. and beyond.

Whiskey Themed Kitchen with Barrels and a Concrete Countertop

bare kitchen with Jack Daniels themeWhen you live in Tennessee and you’ve got clients with a bare kitchen who also like to entertain and enjoy their adult beverages, a Jack Daniels theme seemed like a natural fit.

Cement, Aggregate and Reinforcement in Concrete Countertops

Countertop guru seats reinforcement into countertop formCountertop concrete is not your grandfather’s concrete. It requires new approaches to the basic elements of mix design and reinforcement. This in-depth look takes you inside the bag.

Counter Culture - Fall 2009

Counter Culture - Fall 2009

Artisans Pushing the Limits of What Can Be Done With Concrete

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.

Wet-casting an Apron-front Sink Without the Corner Cracks

Apron sink with a dark brown color stain - concrete countertop with built in apron sink.One thing I noticed is that it seemed like a lot of the wet-cast apron-front sinks I cast had developed very fine hairline cracks in the corners. The cracks never opened up but would show up when the sinks got wet. I don’t know if the sinks cracked during striping and handling or from concrete shrinkage later — all I knew was I had to stop them.

Fiber Optics in Concrete Countertops

Embedded green fiber optics in concrete countertop.Decorative concrete contractors are adding an exciting new technique to their repertoire that always elicits a “wow” reaction from clients: embedding fiber optics in concrete countertops.

A Concrete Master: Jimmy Hazel with Clastic Designs

precast concrete by Jimmy Hazel of Clastic Designs in RenoJimmy Hazel began his career working in the family stone business, but quickly tired of the monotony once he discovered decorative concrete’s variety.

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