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Mr. & Mrs. DIY – Through the Thick and Thin of Building a Concrete Countertop

Mr. & Mrs. Do It Yourself – Through the Thick and also Thin of Building a Concrete Countertop

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Concrete kitchen counters, identified initially by engineers and also designers for their aesthetic possibility and task versatility, are fast coming to be the answer to homeowners’ needs for a reasonably affordable kitchen counter alternative that doesn’t call for a high-level of proficiency to set up. Furthermore, they offer residents an interesting chance to essentially try their hands at being creative. Step-by-step books, videos and also hands-on training are now conveniently offered for home owners to with confidence engage in such diy (Do It Yourself) projects as constructing concrete kitchen counters.

Married couple Chris as well as Ali were delighted to tackle a DIY task after purchasing their San Francisco standard. A logistical realty developer/construction manager and also an educational professional, Chris as well as Ali are likewise architecture and also house design lovers. With a propensity for obtaining their hands filthy, structure and also mounting their own concrete kitchen counter appeared a natural option for them.

Chris occurs to be familiar with concrete: “My interest goes back numerous years when I was building restaurants and also retail rooms. I set up concrete counter tops and also dealt with concrete artisans doing integral different colors and tarnished concrete floorings.”.

In April of 2003, Chris and also Ali bought a two-flat structure in space-challenged San Francisco. Recently, they sold the reduced standard as a tenant-in-common system as well as currently inhabit the upper fixed, which offers approximately 950 sq. ft. of living area. Before they thought about creating their own kitchen area concrete counter top, they employed a contractor for a considerable remodel of the residence. The result is an open, loft-like home where the cooking area and living zones stream with each other.

“We both take pleasure in the procedure of creating and developing our own home to fit just how we live. This applicables for the area we occupy as well as the details within it,” claims Ali. “We both like the idea of collaborating with our hands, utilizing materials that are natural, accessible […] and also flexible.” Chris included, “Concrete counters are lovely, great, earthy, solid, and also you simply intend to touch them. The counters were a best way for us to produce something gorgeous out of our own concepts and also hard work, and the originality of the end product is a representation of our one-of-a-kind concepts.”.

Their kitchen, 10 feet broad by 15 feet lengthy (150 sq. ft.), didn’t provide much area for Chris as well as Ali to work– but that didn’t quit the large plans they had for their narrow kitchen area. They intended to have a logical cooking area with a work triangular, lots of counter space as well as still have sufficient space to fit an eating location.

Like many metropolitan San Francisco residential properties, room is almost always an issue. To fix this, a straight run of top as well as reduced cabinets and also a concrete kitchen counter with a dish washer, sink, oven and also range were positioned along one wall of the cooking area. An integrated banquette as well as dining table are located opposite the concrete counter top workplace. A surrounding wall hosts a refrigerator as well as tall cabinetries.

Chris and also Ali agree that one of the most interesting addition to the kitchen is the concrete kitchen counter. The couple’s tutorial guide and resource for layout motivation was prize-winning developer Fu-Tung Cheng’s Concrete Countertops: Style, Kinds, and also Finishes for the New Kitchen area as well as Bath (Taunton, 2002), a nationwide bestseller in the remodeling and style genre.

The completed countertop is a visually spectacular job surface with rich, intricate different colors: reddish-brown with streaks of semi-precious Leopardskin (yellow and also black) aggregates. “This specific shade combination mixed flawlessly with the color theme we had for the cabinetry, tile backsplash, floor and wall surface surfaces,” says Ali.

Modest style details of the 12-foot lengthy, 3-inch thick concrete kitchen counter consist of rounded sides at the countertop front as well as the sink openings along with an ornamental steel strip under the leading edge of the countertop to conceal the plywood sub-top.

Chris as well as Ali took special note that regardless of the tight functioning space of their basement, their joint work ran smoothly from put to finish. “Like the rest of our redesigning task, constructing the concrete countertop brought us closer together,” claims Chris. “We function very well with each other. It begins with the fact that we interact effectively as well as our design concepts match each other.”.

With the completion of the task as well as the innovative job done, Chris as well as Ali confess that their greatest challenge was creating the concrete types. “Especially for the sink cut-out, which has radius corners as well as 2 different dimension basins,” states Chris.

Despite a few minor learning contours, Chris keeps that there is a frustrating sense of success upon finishing their concrete counter top. “The very best part is seeing and also really feeling the finished product as well as recognizing we did it!” It’s been stated that if a couple can make it through a residence remodel– particularly a Do It Yourself project– together, they can endure anything.

From the appearances of a job well done on their very first concrete kitchen counter, these pleased do-it-yourselfers are in it for the long run. Chris says of future projects, “We prepare to produce a concrete fire place surround and also possibly a fireplace to opt for it!”.

But sometimes a DIY task is overwhelming and we contact the pros at Concrete Solutions for expert installation of any decorative concrete project.