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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.

10 Unusual Concrete Creations

Inversion Sink Artisan in Concrete: Justin Burd and Nathan Smith, Set In Stone Concrete Design HouseHere, the Concrete Decor staff shares its top 10 favorite out-of-the-ordinary concrete creations that were featured or almost featured in the past 99 issues. The thin-shell pavilion and fabric-formed planter tied for first place, while the faux bois sconce and slippers tied for second.

Ultimate Entertaining Backyard Has Cast-Concrete Features

beautiful outdoor pool with view of mountains“Graceful Curves.” That’s what Scott Cohen and his team at Green Scene Landscaping and Swimming Pools call a recent backyard masterpiece in Malibu, California. Cohen describes it as the ultimate entertaining backyard that has everything and then some — including a pool that makes you feel like you’re in a giant lake.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lead Bricks and Black Holes: Weight and Scale

The infusion of metal into cement differentiates my work from what is commonly expected from concrete, both visually and structurally. Not only does the concrete take on most of the characteristics of the specific metal used, it can also increase its compressive and tensile strengths.We ate. We drank. We told the truth and lied, and then admitted that we had lied. We laughed. We talked business. We talked wives. We talked ex-wives. We cried, but just a little.

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.

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.

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.”

Recipe: Monolithic Planter Boxes with Benches

Structures like these - with a smooth, weathered surface and a nature-inspired pattern, cast in relief - have the power to turn unused sidewalk space into a lush roadside minipark.Structures like these - with a smooth, weathered surface and a nature-inspired pattern, cast in relief - have the power to turn unused sidewalk space into a lush roadside minipark.

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.

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.

How To: Installing a Concrete Range Hood Part 3

Finished cast concrete oven hood.Once you have successfully cast your parts and finished them completely, you are ready to install your cast concrete range hood.

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.

Design to Delivery in 4 Days - How to make a GFRC Table

spraying GFRC for 3-D concrete projects Glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) lets you explore many aspects of design that are not possible with the more traditional precast methods. While GFRC is often used for countertops, we'll delve into how it can be used to construct a GFRC base for an outdoor patio table.Glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) lets you explore many aspects of design that are not possible with the more traditional precast methods. While GFRC is often used for countertops, we’ll delve into how it can be used to construct a GFRC base for an outdoor patio table.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Owner Creates a Precast Concrete Smoking Room in His Yard

Perhaps it was a throwback to his old smoking in the boys roomPerhaps it was a throwback to his old “smoking in the boy’s room” days but a homeowner in Zurich, Switzerland, yearned to have his own private smoking pavilion in his backyard. Instead of a crowded room filled with rule-breaking teenagers, he wanted a quiet, relaxing place where he could sit back and smoke.

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