Why Concrete?
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Concrete is usually associated with roads, buildings, and cold, gray sidewalks. It is arguably the world’s greatest construction material and for thousands of years, it has been restricted to this rather plain, industrious existence.

Many of us have some not so fond memories of concrete.
 
Most have crashed a bicycle on it, many have had the pleasure of attempting to mix it in an awkward and undersized wheelbarrow and many have found themselves practically knee deep in it while attempting to harness its stressing power.  To be honest, most have little or no affinity for concrete. I must admit, I once felt the very same way. In fact, I recall saying that working with concrete was something I would never want to do. Oh, how things can change...
 

For many years now, I have not been able to stay away from concrete.  I agree, concrete is a wonderful construction material, but I also believe concrete to be an excellent artisans' medium.

 


 
 
I am also excited and proud to be focusing on recycled glass mixes: combining the sustainability of recycled glass with concrete's versatility to provide beautiful, unique and eco-friendly designs. 
Concrete has a very natural look and feel. It is much similar to organic stones than synthetic solid surface materials and certainly has an unmistakable aesthetic that truly is all its own.

It's easy to forget that this dense, earthy material starts off in a liquid state before hardening to become the stout, structural material we all know.  This initial state of liquidity can yield extraordinary shapes that other stones simply cannot match.  Visual feats such as deceptively large mass and elements of transparency can be more efficiently accomplished and concrete’s ability to achieve three-dimensional shapes is unparalleled.  Concrete’s liquidity also makes it possible to create many different textures and patterns. 
  
Most solid surface materials lack this high level of pliability and customization.  Organic stones like granite and marble, as well as engineered stones like slab quartz,  lack such customization and are first pre-produced in standard-sized slabs. Later these slabs are shipped to a distributor and finally to a local fabricator who does the ultimate sizing and customizing for your project. This approach requires many more exchanges and yields a fabrication reality that severely limits these products' design possibilities. It can ultimately increase their overall cost, especially compared to the level of choice, uniqueness, and customization you can get from concrete.

Adding color to concrete is one of the first steps to an exciting recipe and virtually any color and combination of colors can be achieved.      
 
 Here are two color chart links:        
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The colors shown in the charts are obtained using gray cement at a particular ratio. Change the ratio and you get varying shades of that color. Use white cement and you get much more vibrant colors. These are integral pigments, which are dry powders added to the mix. Concrete can also be dyed and stained, which yields a more variant coloring.  Remember, the colors on the chart are just a few examples.
Using recycled glass is not only eco-friendly it is a beautiful material to make your counter unique and specific to your home's ambiance. The base colors for recycled glass are those common to bottles and other consumer containers: clear, brown, green and blue. However, we can crush and size recycled sheet glass from industrial waste, as well, providing a wonderful palette of colors to accent the standard base colors. We can also crush and size small amounts of specific personal glass that you may want to add to your project like a mirror, window, plates, special bottles, etc. 

 
Davis colors
Solomon Colors
There are so many ways to customize concrete that creating a list or making endless samples would be simply exhausting and always far from complete. I am always learning and dreaming up new techniques and being inspired by the creativity of others.  At this point I don’t see an end in sight. If you are seeking
 
custom, unique, handcrafted work from start to finish that reflects your personal style and supports local craftspeople then creating concrete countertops with us sounds like a great choice. Hopefully, the work we have created so far will give you a glimpse of what is possible with concrete. The next step is working together to design your custom creation. Bring us your ideas, plans, and creative zest.