Concrete Countertops: Designs, Forms, and Finishes for the New Kitchen and Bath

Overview

This book reinvents the countertop with a single material: concrete. Concrete Countertops is an essential book for architects, homeowners and contractors who want to learn how to design, form, mix, pour, color, trowel, inlay and finish decorative concrete countertops. Homeowners will be inspired by the 350 color photographs that bring this exciting medium to life.

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Overview

This book reinvents the countertop with a single material: concrete. Concrete Countertops is an essential book for architects, homeowners and contractors who want to learn how to design, form, mix, pour, color, trowel, inlay and finish decorative concrete countertops. Homeowners will be inspired by the 350 color photographs that bring this exciting medium to life.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
At first, the idea of using concrete for kitchen countertops has the same appeal as using cardboard boxes for cabinetry or dining on the floor. Naysayers are in for a surprise as architect Cheng elevates this pedestrian building material to a new level, using it to create beautiful and functional countertops. They are a far cry from rough sidewalks, having polished surfaces that can be colored or have interesting objects cast into them. Cheng shows the entire process: design considerations, mold-making, concrete selection, installation, and maintenance, all using straightforward instructions supplemented by excellent illustrations. Showing an innovative use of a common and inexpensive material, this title should be part of comprehensive public library home improvement collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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It's hard to get excited about counter tops, and even harder to view such everyday items as works of art, but this book offers the key to doing both. With plenty of color photographs, it illustrates the possibilities of concrete as a material and countertops as an aesthetic site. What's more, it provides a beginning-to-end guide to designing, planning, constructing, and finishing concrete countertops. The book is equally as beautiful as useful. Cheng is a designer. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561584840
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 465,907
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (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.

Fu-Tung Cheng is known internationally for his sophisticated and innovative concrete designs for the home market. He heads the Berkeley-based Cheng Design, a firm that also produces prized kitchen ventilation units and GeocreteTM, a boutique line of sculptural concrete countertops. Cheng was the author of Concrete Countertops, the book that launched the concrete countertop revolution.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2004

    A Work of Art!

    I was highly impressed with the layout and detailed information this book provides. Typically 'how to' books lack critical information because either the author is not knowledgable enough on the subject matter or insecure in sharing what might someday threaten his or her own business. The book is easy to read, easy to understand and very interesting. Excellent photos and illustrations of the entire step-by-step process. Anyone reading this book should have the knowledge to create beautiful concrete countertops. It should be noted that I am a highly critical person and a perfectionist...the 5 star rating I give this book didn't come easy.

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