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.
JM Lifestyles LLC, the New Jersey countertop and casting company of fabricator Jeff Kudrick, took home three of the four prizes in the Decorative Concrete category.
The company won 1st Place, Residential New or Renovation, for a shower lined with concrete textured and stained to look like wood. “The large panels keep grout lines to a minimum for easy cleaning and realistic appeal,” states a description submitted by the contractor. “The molded wall niches are water tight and functional. The large base molding, elegant crown molding and molded ceiling panel adorn the enclosure and create a rich look that accommodates the details of the rest of the room/home.”
JM took 2nd Place in the Residential New or Renovation category as well, for a basement countertop of translucent concrete inlaid with fiber optics.
JM Lifestyles also won 1st place in Commercial, New or Renovation for display tables for the women’s shoe department of a Selfridges department store in London. “The designers, JFA Architecture, in France, required incredibly tight tolerances of 1 mm on edges, seams, and dimensions,” states the entry. “The irregular but exacting shape required 3D modeling and CNC master fabrication.”
The Outdoor Living category was won by Clay Johnson, Johnson Designs, Trinidad, Calif., for cast-in-place pillars throughout a primary and guest house. Each column was cast in custom steel forms out of pigmented concrete.
The ARDA entry form states that the Decorative Concrete Awards “showcase the techniques, technologies and green benefits of using architectural and decorative concrete in the built environment, both at home and in the community. Judging is based on aesthetic value and use of color, superior design and craftsmanship, innovative use of materials and methods, use of recycled materials, durability, sustainability, and overall creativity.”