Mr. & Mrs. DIY – With the Thick as well as Thin of Structure a Concrete Countertop

Concrete counter tops, recognized initially by designers and also designers for their aesthetic capacity as well as task convenience, are quick becoming the solution to house owners’ demands for a relatively affordable kitchen counter choice that doesn’t require a high-level of knowledge to install. Furthermore, they use house owners an amazing opportunity to essentially attempt their hands at being creative. Detailed books, videos and hands-on training are now easily offered for property owners to confidently engage in such diy (Do It Yourself) tasks as constructing concrete countertops.

Couple Chris as well as Ali were excited to handle a Do It Yourself project after acquiring their San Francisco flat. A logistical realty developer/construction manager and also an academic expert, Chris as well as Ali are also style as well as home layout lovers. With a fondness for obtaining their hands dirty, structure and also installing their own concrete kitchen counter seemed a natural selection for them.

Chris happens to be familiar with concrete: “My passion goes back a number of years when I was building restaurants and also retail rooms. I set up concrete counter tops and collaborated with concrete craftsmens doing essential shade as well as discolored concrete floorings.”

In April of 2003, Chris and Ali acquired a two-flat building in space-challenged San Francisco. Recently, they marketed the lower level as a tenant-in-common unit and currently occupy the top flat, which offers about 950 sq. ft. of living area. Prior to they took into consideration constructing their own kitchen area concrete countertop, they worked with a service provider for an extensive remodel of the residence. The result is an open, loft-like living space where the kitchen and also living areas flow with each other.

” We both appreciate the procedure of developing and producing our very own living space to fit how we live. This relates to the space we occupy as well as the details within it,” claims Ali. “We both like the suggestion of working with our hands, utilizing materials that are all-natural, obtainable […] and versatile.” Chris added, “Concrete counters are beautiful, great, earthy, solid, as well as you simply wish to touch them. The counters were a perfect means for us to create something lovely from our very own ideas and effort, and the uniqueness of the end product is a representation of our unique suggestions.”

Their kitchen area, 10 feet vast by 15 feet long (150 sq. ft.), didn’t use much space for Chris as well as Ali to function– however that didn’t quit the large strategies they had for their narrow kitchen area. They wanted to have a logical food preparation area with a job triangle, plenty of counter space as well as still have enough room to fit a dining location.

Like the majority of metropolitan San Francisco properties, area is usually an issue. To remedy this, a straight run of upper and also reduced cupboards and a concrete counter top with a dishwasher, sink, oven and also oven were placed along one wall of the kitchen area. A built-in banquette and also table are located opposite the concrete countertop work area. A nearby wall hosts a fridge and high cupboards.

Chris as well as Ali concur that the most interesting addition to the kitchen area is the concrete countertop. The pair’s instructional overview and resource for layout inspiration was acclaimed developer Fu-Tung Cheng’s Concrete Countertops: Style, Types, and Ends Up for the New Kitchen Area and Bath (Taunton, 2002), a nationwide bestseller in the remodeling and also layout genre.

The ended up kitchen counter is an aesthetically stunning job surface area with rich, intricate colors: reddish-brown with flecks of semi-precious Leopardskin (yellow and also black) accumulations. “This certain shade combination combined perfectly with the color style we had for the kitchen cabinetry, floor tile backsplash, flooring as well as wall coatings,” states Ali.

Moderate layout details of the 12-foot lengthy, 3-inch thick concrete kitchen counter include rounded sides at the counter top front and the sink openings in addition to an ornamental metal strip under the leading edge of the kitchen counter to hide the plywood sub-top.

Chris as well as Ali took unique note that in spite of the limited working area of their cellar, their collaborative job ran efficiently from put to end up. “Like the rest of our remodeling job, constructing the concrete countertop brought us closer together,” says Chris. “We function extremely well together. It begins with the fact that we communicate extremely well as well as our style suggestions match each other.”

With the conclusion of the project as well as the creative work done, Chris and also Ali confess that their most significant obstacle was building the concrete forms. “Especially for the sink cut-out, which has span corners and also two different size basins,” says Chris.

Regardless of a couple of small understanding contours, Chris maintains that there is a frustrating sense of accomplishment upon completing their concrete counter top. “The very best part is seeing and also really feeling the finished product and knowing we did it!” It’s been claimed that if a couple could survive a home remodel– particularly a DIY job– with each other, they can make it through anything.

From the appearances of a work well done on their first concrete counter top, these pleased do-it-yourselfers are in it for the long haul. Chris says of future jobs, “We prepare to create a concrete fireplace border and also probably a fireplace to go with it!”

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