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Cast, Broken-Edge Table Adds Casual-Cool Vibe to Beach House

Broken-edge coffee table shows cool vibe.Scott Cohen’s company, The Green Scene Landscaping and Pools, is a premier outdoor living construction firm in the Los Angeles area, specializing in resort-style swimming pools and spas, fireplaces, fire pits and outdoor kitchens.

Taking a Chance on Bright Kitchen Countertops

Concrete countertop with a curved edge and orange top is the island in this kitchen.Bright colors are not usually what come to mind when thinking of concrete, even for concrete countertops in kitchens and bathrooms.

However, Stone Soup Concrete has noticed a lot of orders being placed with the company for just that.

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.

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.

The Drive and Motivation Behind a Concrete Countertop Fabricator

Ben Ashby got an early education in concrete from a father who he says was stubborn as a muleBen Ashby got an early education in concrete from a father who he says was “stubborn as a mule and tough as nails,” but who also provided the young Ashby with the drive and motivation to succeed.

10 Most Popular Class Topics in the Concrete Decor Show's History (with one bonus)

Chris Sullivan teaching concrete classOf the Concrete Decor Show’s top 35 most-attended courses, some topics emerged that were more popular than all the others. First on the list are countertops, followed by polymer overlays and coatings, and polishing concrete.

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.

Alabama Concrete Artisan Discovers The Ashby System

Concrete In-Counters, Enterprise, Alabama Concrete CountertopTamara Gilgenast combines passion and a veteran’s discipline and attention to detail to create works of art in concrete. Though she only started her business about four years ago after discovering The Ashby System, she already has an extensive portfolio.

Why Penetrating Sealers Are Sometimes Your Best Choice

Penetrating sealer on stamped concrete.One of the most common questions I get asked is, “What is the best sealer?” My answer to this is, “It depends.” While this may seem like I’m dodging the question, it really gets to the heart of the issue. Selecting a finish solely based on how good it is said to be can often lead to undesirable results.

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.

The Top 7 Mistakes that Can Make or Break Your Concrete Countertop Business

concrete countertop at catch kitchen and barAvoiding certain pitfalls can mean the difference between a struggling hobby and a thriving business. When it comes to countertops, here are a few of the most common mistakes we at the Concrete Countertop Institute think are the biggest stumbling blocks for aspiring concrete countertop contractors.

Sanding and Buffing Coatings on Cast Concrete Pieces

A concrete countertop in green makes this kitchen pop.Concrete tables and countertops are held to a higher standard of appearance, feel and performance than floors and walls. And the final element of the finished piece — the interface between the concrete and the customer — is the coating.

Why Strength Matters in Concrete Countertops

Wet-cast concrete - How strong do concrete countertops have to be? I hear that question from fabricators all the time. The answer is not a simple one. It depends upon how you define strength, what your intended use is and your sealer choice.How strong do concrete countertops have to be? The answer is not a simple one. It depends upon how you define strength, what your intended use is and your sealer choice.

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.

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.

Giving Back to Veterans One Concrete Table at a Time

After serving in Vietnam during 1967 and 1968, Rick Ogden lost contact with nearly all of his fellow soldiers.“It’s nice … to reacquaint with and meet guys I didn’t know that had an equal or similar experience,” he says. “It has been a soul-fulfilling deal for me. In taking these tables to these very real combat heroes."

Concrete Countertops Come Alive After Dark

Glow in the Dark Concrete Countertops The powdered sugar-like product is available for a little more than $100 per pound, and for this project it only took 1/4 pound to achieve this long-lasting glow effect.

Making Molds for Precast Concrete Countertops

While melamine is probably the most widely used material for making molds, contractors actually use a surprising variety of materials. Here are some questions to ask when choosing a material.Wood? Melamine? Formica? Steel? Experienced artisans share their preferences for form materials.

Choosing the Right Diamond Polishing Pads for Concrete Countertops

Success With Concrete Countertops: Choosing the Right Diamond PadsThicker pads will last longer, but are stiffer and commonly prone to cupping when they dry out. Cupped pads don’t wear evenly, and often the outer area doesn’t actually make contact with the concrete. Photos courtesy of The Concrete Countertop Institute

Tip-Top Concrete Tables and Counters

Concrete table with an artistic crack down the center. concrete countertopConcrete Decor salutes artisans nationwide for their ingenuity and creativity in designing tables and countertops. Here are 10 of our discoveries.

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.

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.

Which Concrete Countertop Casting Method is Best for the Job?

Casting concrete countertopsConcrete is a fantastic material with which to work and design. It is one of the few building materials we can create and control to suit our wants and needs. Mix design, reinforcing technique and casting method are interrelated and influence everything from performance, cost and ease of fabrication to aesthetics and transportability.

Concrete Kitchen with a Granite Island

Kitchen remodel with concrete and granite blending together harmoniously.Right at the start, we decided that the focal point of the kitchen would be the island. At that time we were unsure about what material we would use for the island top, so we went on a quest. We spent several days visiting virtually all of the natural stone distributors in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

Concrete Countertops Push the Limits of Creativity

A circular ripple design placed in a concrete countertopIt's pretty easy to create a concrete countertop that looks like a garage floor. But branching out from flatwork to countertops means embracing completely different ideas on aesthetics and performance, not to mention learning different skills. Mike Moncrieff has made the leap.

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