Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Hockey Table just for Christmas

Whether you call it a rec room, man cave, dude room, or entertainment area, theme rooms are becoming a great way to make a lower level basement into a fun, hang out place.

A couple in River Falls, WI did just that. Their lower level was remodeled to mimic a hockey rink. With rink boards, jerseys and hockey frames, there was only one piece left to set this "hockey center" apart, a hockey concrete countertop.

The countertop was a total of 12 feet long, colored wicker tan, and included all types of hockey equipment and memorabilia. The parents chose their daughters skates, helmet, gloves, sticks, and medals to embed into the countertop. To mask the seams in the large top, two hockey sticks were placed to give the illusion of one large precast piece.

The result was impressive. This family truly has a one-of-a-kind countertop. And we delivered it just in time before all the Holiday parties.

Merry Christmas!

Carly Dus
Concrete Arts

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Best Precast Project - Gold Award

Bomanite Corporation announced the 2008 Project of the Year awards at its annual conference held in Kansas City, MO. Concrete Arts took home the prestigious Best Precast Project, Gold Award. The Best Precast Project featured a fireplace we did in Lakeville, MN. This fireplace project encompasses everything an award captures, artistry, innovation, and ambition.

This residential fireplace was made entirely out of concrete. Concrete Arts hand chiseled each individual pre casted block, totaling around 100 individual blocks. Each block was acid stained with two different colors. The base color was a walnut stain and accented with Auburn to create dimension. The lighter color stones are the natural concrete mix that simulates natural limestone.

Carly Dus
Concrete Arts

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Concrete Countertops - Vessel Sinks

Vessel sinks used to be only used for classy venues such as sushi bars or upscale restaurants. Slowly this popular trend has been moving into the everyday homes and taken on many different looks from contemporary to industrial. Vessel sinks are formed from many different types of material, copper, limestone, bronze, glass, pewter, wood, ceramic, metals, and various stones. What some designers have neglected when buying or creating vessels sinks is concrete.

Vessels sinks allow a person to determine his or her own style. Now concrete vessel sinks can elaborate and take his or her creativity even further at a more reasonable price. The countertop below shows just how eye-catching and unique one can be with a vessel sink and countertop.
This particular vessel sink is integrally colored slate gray with the base countertop colored a darker slate gray. To tie the countertop and sink into the rest of the room, black, violet, and clear glass with mirror mixed in was exposed to add an interesting element to the piece.

Carly Dus
Concrete Arts