Concrete at Home: Innovative Forms and Finishes: Countertops, Floors, Walls, and Places
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Concrete at Home: Innovative Forms and Finishes: Countertops, Floors, Walls, and Places

by Fu tung Cheng, Eric Olsen
     
 

Fu-Tung Cheng's surprise bestseller Concrete Countertops paved the way for a fresh look at a familiar surface. His new book moves beyond the kitchen and transforms this commonplace material into an elegant medium that can be used throughout the house. Combining cutting-edge design with helpful how-to information, Concrete at Home offers ingenious ideas for planning

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Fu-Tung Cheng's surprise bestseller Concrete Countertops paved the way for a fresh look at a familiar surface. His new book moves beyond the kitchen and transforms this commonplace material into an elegant medium that can be used throughout the house. Combining cutting-edge design with helpful how-to information, Concrete at Home offers ingenious ideas for planning and building walls, fireplaces, mantels, hearths, and exterior and interior floors, as well as tips on incorporating architectural elements such as counters, sinks, columns, and water pieces into the project. The construction of forms, footings, and ties is detailed in clear, easy-to-follow instructions, and special attention is given to finishing techniques, including adding color, texture, and inlays.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Cheng (Concrete Countertops) brings his skill and creativity to the rest of the house, exploring the design and building of floors, walls, patios and fireplaces as well as kitchen counters and sinks-all using concrete. Not one to stick to basics, he offers suggestions for conceptualizing and integrating artful elements-columns, fountains, inlays-into nearly every room. Copious close-up photographs show Cheng and his team at work as they frame, pour, shape and finish concrete-centric projects for various clients. The books breaks down projects into manageable pieces, while detailed instructions and diagrams lead readers from idea through preparation to execution. Finishing touches and whimsical elements are important, and this detailed manual "contains a healthy respect for the discipline of the basics plus a twist of attitude from the artist." Readers possessing both skill and moxie will do best with this volume; since timing, measurements and other considerations are so important when working with concrete, the best approach would surely involve a thorough reading-or two-before deciding which one to undertake. And with a bit of thought and creativity, a wide variety of found objects (bits of coral, even a bowling trophy) can add personality to a piece. Cheng manages to infuse a DIY book on a nontraditional subject with personality, and his dry humor and offbeat approach to home design come through nicely. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Using his own designs, Cheng (Concrete Countertops) explores the use of concrete in the construction of houses and interior and exterior architectural details. With historical perspective (architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Antonio Gaudi are identified as concrete practitioners), Cheng shows how concrete can present a natural, organic feel with the use of texture, color, and aggregates. Though he provides specifications for some concrete casting, that work is best left to professionals. For its examination of an underused and underappreciated building material, this book is recommended for large and academic collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561586820
Publisher:
Taunton Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/15/2004
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
366,094
Product dimensions:
9.08(w) x 10.82(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author

Eric Olsen is a journalist. He has published hundreds of magazine articles, a few short stories, and six nonfiction books. Olsen directed the International Institute of Modern Letters, a literary think-tank that helped writers who were victims of censorship, and created the first American City of Asylum, in Las Vegas. He was also the executive editor at Time Inc. Health, a Time Warner company. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop. He lives in Las Vegas.

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