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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.

Wisconsin's Artisan in Concrete Nolan King

stamped concrete snake walkwayNolan King, owner of King Architectural Concrete and Construction LLC in River Falls, Wisconsin, started his own construction business at the age of 23 after graduating from college in 2001 with an engineering degree. His business focused primarily on home remodeling work.

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.

Access Panels Open Up Flooring Possibilities

When you enter the showroom of Faciliteq, a company headquartered in Las Vegas that specializes in high-performance architectural interiors and sells Artego panels, you'll be wowed by the artful possibilities of raised flooring.When you enter the showroom of Faciliteq, a company headquartered in Las Vegas that specializes in high-performance architectural interiors and sells Artego panels, you’ll be wowed by the artful possibilities of raised flooring.

A Concrete Bench in the Shape of a Whale's Tail

A Concrete Bench in the Shape of a Whale's Tail.Jenkins offered a rock bench as a gesture of friendship, but the biologist wouldn’t accept it without his wife’s approval. Turns out, the wife desired a bench in the shape of a whale’s tail.

White Concrete Pavilion Complements Mexican Museum

White concrete Pavilion Complements a Mexican MansionA brilliant white concrete pavilion sits proudly on the grounds of a popular tourist destination in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. The pavilion frames three sides of a paved courtyard at La Quinta Montes Molina — a historic early-20th century mansion in Merida that now serves as a museum and venue for social events in the garden.

How to Build a Concrete Lounge Chair

Jeffrey Girard concrete casting instructionsConcrete lounge chairs are one of the hottest applications of concrete furniture made with glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC).

How Hundreds of Unique Precast Concrete Panels Transformed this Museum

Precast Concrete Panels Transform Louisana State MuseumAs graceful as an acrobatic touchdown catch by Danny Abramowicz. As stunning as a Mel Blount goal-line interception. More sweeping than a Vida Blue curveball.

Restoration of a Piece of Magician History

When Steve Moore, a retired escape artist and Harry Houdini historian, went looking for someone to help restore a damaged bust from Houdini's grave, Bart Sacco's was the first name to come up. Sacco, owner of Concrete Texturing Tool and Supply Inc., Kingdom Products and The Concrete Kingdom Decorative Training Center, in Throop, Pa., used his expertise in casting high-detail concrete pieces to help Moore create an identical replica of the 1914 marble sculpture.When Steve Moore, a retired escape artist and Harry Houdini historian, went looking for someone to help restore a damaged bust from Houdini’s grave, Bart Sacco’s was the first name to come up.

How to Fabric Form a Concrete Sink

Fabric forming a concrete sink.Fiberglass has been used in the precast industry for many years. The use of resin-and-glass mats to make master-mold plugs, keeper molds to hold the shape of rubber molds, and good old-fashioned production molds is standard in the industry.

The Ongoing Evolution of the Species Concrete

In FuTung Cheng's view, the term decorative concrete fails to convey the full measure of the materials prowess.In FuTung Cheng’s view, the term “decorative concrete” fails to convey the full measure of the material’s prowess in enhancing design. Coloring, texturing, stamping or staining don’t begin to tell the whole story.

Concrete Furniture Weighs into the Mix

Wells Concrete Works custom concrete furniture“The house looked a lot like a barn,” says Wells, 36, owner of Wells Concrete Works in Los Osos, California. “The clients kept some of the old architecture and appliances and fixtures inside and out. With the outside kitchen they wanted to be able to come back from the beach and entertain lots of people.”

Concrete Artisan Showcases His Pieces In Art Show

decorative concrete at an art showMost decorative concrete artisans don’t submit their work into juried art shows, but that’s the world that Thomas Lancaster is trying to ease into.

What is the Right Amount of Reinforcement for a Concrete Countertop

One could argue that cast-in-place countertops are not beams because there is plywood supporting them. However, if you think about it, even in construction, plywood isn't a structural component; it is flexible.Reinforce your knowledge and make structurally strong concrete countertops.

A White Concrete Extension of Precast Panels

precast concrete extension on top of building A white concrete extension of precast panels added onto an apartment in the city of Innsbruck, Austria, has revitalized a century-old building.

Sept. 11 Memorial Honors Loss with "Reflecting Absence" Design

A look across the Memorial Fountains at Ground Zero in New York City.Architect Michael Arad, along with landscape architect Peter Walker, designed the memorial to honor the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon and in a field near Shanksville, Pa. The memorial also honors the six people killed in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

A New Process for Tilt-up Concrete Walls

Pattern-crete uses tilt-up construction up side down.Ken Tucker, a resourceful contractor solves a potential color problem with a new process - turning tilt-up concrete panels upside down.

An Artisan's Tale on How He Made Rocketown's Skateboard Steps

After an afternoon spent walking around the Rocketown campus, Jason Geiser and his team saw a great opportunity to not only enhance the area but also showcase the unlimited possibilities of concrete.After an afternoon spent walking around the Rocketown campus, Jason Geiser and his team saw a great opportunity to not only enhance the area but also showcase the unlimited possibilities of concrete.

Cast-in-place Concrete Countertop that Looks Like Precast

White concrete countertop that looks like precast.With a specific look in mind, the client approached us to create a singular look out of concrete for his kitchen island and tops, powder room sink, master bath vanities, floor and shower base, as well as vanities in the second bath, laundry and lower level wine bar.

A Concrete Stupa, A Blessed Build

A stupa made from concrete for the Buddhism religion.A stupa is one of the most venerable icons in Buddhism. It's a structure steeped in symbolism, and building or maintaining one is said to bring a person close to enlightenment.

Concrete Veneer Panels Make ICFs Rock

A concrete stone like veneer being placed on the outside of an old brick fireplace.For contractors who want a rock finish on the exterior of an ICF structure, M a variety of panelized stone veneer systems and interlocking structural insulated home-building panel systems are available.

Using Concrete Countertops as Beams: Where the Stresses Occur

(Reprinted, with the permission of The Concrete Countertop Institute, from the textbook for Precast Concrete Countertops 101.)A beam is a horizontal structural member that spans some open space and is supported near the ends. The beam can then support some weight placed on top of it somewhere between the end supports. A floor joist is a beam. Concrete countertops are also beams.

California Artisan Focuses on Concrete Restoration and Repair

Concrete Restoration by Kevin BrownKevin Brown is a soft-spoken, humble-yet-accomplished man who got into the business of concrete work through his family. As he describes it, he knew from a young age that he wanted to follow in the family footsteps.

Land of 10,000 Lakes Inspires Carved Concrete Mural

Sisters Cindee Lundin and Chenoa Pickrain were raised on a dairy farm near Perham, Minnesota. Lundin is an expert in faux finishing and horizontal and vertical carved concrete. Pickrain is a graphic designer and photographer.Sisters Cindee Lundin and Chenoa Pickrain were raised on a dairy farm near Perham, Minnesota. Lundin is an expert in faux finishing and horizontal and vertical carved concrete. Pickrain is a graphic designer and photographer.

A Round Concrete Chair Becomes Part of Design

Luna Loungers, round concrete chairsJustin Brown, owner of 2Stone Designer Concrete in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, had the idea for Luna Loungers for quite a while. “It’s basically a round take on a square chair,” he says. He finally made the idea into something tangible.

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