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Mechanical Engineer Chooses Concrete Over Current Job

Joshua Thiel, Thiel Studios, Palm Beach, FloridaFor as long as he can remember, Joshua Thiel has had a passion for creating and building while also finding innovative solutions to problems. After going to school for mechanical engineering and spending years fabricating and learning how to work with different materials, it seemed like a natural fit to dive into concrete.

High-performance Concrete - New Systems For Concrete Countertops

Restoring color in previously installed concreteBag mixes for countertops share some characteristics: They are designed to minimize cracking and shrinking, they are strong enough to be poured in thinner slabs and they are optimized for workability.

Concrete Tables Include Fiber Optics That Flow And Glow

A concrete table made with Lavacrete fiber optic lights An “outrageous” beach house on the French side of the Caribbean island St. Martin needed an anything-but-usual outdoor table.

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.

How-To Design a Concrete Oven Hood - Part 1

Designing an oven hood cover pictureRather than the utilitarian mainstay of most interior precast manufacturers, the countertop, we will instead discuss how to design, engineer, fabricate and install a concrete stove hood.

Cheng Concrete Design Award Winners

Cheg Concrete awarded Best in Show in its fifth annual Circle of Distinction Design Challenge to Keelin Kennedy and her Chicago-based firm, Barefoot Design.Cheg Concrete awarded Best in Show in its fifth annual Circle of Distinction Design Challenge to Keelin Kennedy and her Chicago-based firm, Barefoot Design.

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.

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.

A Mountaintop Concrete Countertop

Concrete countertop with the emblem of emergency response.We asked Lynda Apple of InConcrete Custom Countertops and Design Elements if the precast tabletop her Flagstaff, Ariz., outfit produced for a ski patrol shack was the highest decorative concrete installation in America. Boy, did we get a response.

Seven Steps for Success with Ornamental Casting

The first step to casting a piece is to prepare the model you'll be basing the mold on. Models can be existing pieces or they can be something you sculpt from clay, wood or stone yourself.A How To feature that offers step-by-step instructions for casting statuary and other fine-featured pieces.

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.

A Guide to Combining Concrete and Steel

Concrete is one of the most revolutionary building materials of modern times. It has given the human race the ability to build sound infrastructures for the masses and has reshaped the world as we know it. Long dining room table that is a combination of metal and concreteConcrete is one of the most revolutionary building materials of modern times. It has given the human race the ability to build sound infrastructures for the masses and has reshaped the world as we know it.

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.

Elegant California Concrete Home and Fireplace

Blue gray concrete sink with the edges ground down and polished to expose the aggregate within.At their showpiece house, the artisans at Flying Turtle Cast Concrete let their imaginations soar.

The Lure of Decorative Concrete Was Too Strong To Resist

This rustic kitchen has concrete countertops to match.Maurer, who has been doing masonry work in Pennsylvania for close to 25 years, specialized in stone patios until rising prices for materials forced him to explore other avenues. About 10 years ago, when he was in his 30s, he discovered the world of decorative concrete.

High-Performance Mix Design: Understanding GFRC Mixes

GFRC is a combination of fine aggregate, cement, water, polymer, chemical admixtures and glass fiber.GFRC is a combination of fine aggregate, cement, water, polymer, chemical admixtures and glass fiber. The key to GFRC is the glass-fiber reinforcement. The fibers take the place of steel in a wet-cast mix. They allow GFRC to develop much higher flexural strengths than typical wet-cast concrete, allowing you to cast thinner, lighter sections and pieces.

Concrete Countertops Elevate Design Style

Glossy Red concrete Countertop in a bright kitchen. Stained concrete floors vibrant colors.What type of hard surface can give off a mixture of colors, patterns and sheens? Not marble or slate. Nope, it’s concrete, one of the trendiest materials used for decorative countertops.

Concrete, Wine and Fiber Optics, The Perfect Mix

Outdoor bartop inlayed with wine bottles and fiber optics.Catering to his client’s passion for fine wine, Scott Cohen, owner of The Green Scene in Canoga Park, Calif., crafted this striking outdoor serving counter, which incorporates more than 200 recycled wine bottles.

Raising the Concrete Bartop in New England

Concrete Countertop process with metal gear imbedded into curved restaurant concrete bar top.The only things that can be added to create a standard countertop mix are integral color, a densifier and the know-how acquired through years of decorative experience.

Going Green With Your Concrete Countertops

NuCrete and EarthCrete

People are looking to go green in their homes and businesses, and not just through energy-efficient appliances or solar power. This company pushes their green practices by offering lines of concrete mixes that employ recycled materials but are as versatile as regular concrete.

Concrete Range Hood Takes on Kitchen Style

A kitchen range hood that mimics granite.Concrete hoods are an easy sell for customers who are already buying countertops, but this hood - Concrete Jungle’s first - was purchased by a homeowner with a kitchen in mid-renovation who had already committed to granite countertops.

Wood, Water and Concrete in a Modern Bathroom

Concrete shower with a wood drain board to stand on to dry off.Mike Moncrieff and his Bellingham, Wash., company, New Edge Design, submitted these photos of a concrete shower to our most recent Concrete Countertop Design Competition. We reluctantly decided shower installs couldn't compete in a countertop contest. In all other respects, this is top-notch work.

Marketing and Selling Concrete Countertops

Concrete countertops are countertops. They just happen to be made out of concrete.Concrete countertops are countertops. They just happen to be made out of concrete.

This should affect your marketing and selling techniques. If you understand how countertops are most commonly and most effectively marketed and sold, you will be much more successful at marketing and selling concrete countertops.

Z Counterform Contest Showcases Cast-in-place Countertop Styles

Outdoor countertop space that has been edged with z counterforms.Concrete Countertop Solutions, the company that markets the Z Counterform forms as part of a patented system for cast-in-pace concrete countertops, held a photo contest earlier this fall to showcase the work of their professional and DIY customers. The company awarded cash and store credit to five winners.

Concrete Countertop Polishing Tips and Tricks

Grinder that is used for polishing concrete countertopsConcrete countertops are a very hot item these days, and fabricating them can be much easier than you think — when you use the right tools and technique. This is the key to eliminating frustration and ultimately producing a quality product.

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