The Case for Concrete Countertops

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in concrete design house, GFRC, interior design, kitchen, modern

Whether you’re looking to buy a house or already have your home, the kitchen is a social center. It’s a must see for potential buyers and it’s used every day by you and your family. It is firmly cemented as the most important room in the house and your countertops are the jewel on the crown of your kitchen. If you’re in the middle of a kitchen redesign and looking for new countertops, have you considered concrete? Have questions? Let us walk you through it!

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If you were asked what first comes to mind with the mention of the word “concrete,” what would you say? What experiences would you recall? Would you think about that construction site you pass every day on the way to and from work or would you think back to your childhood and learning to ride a bike on the streets in your neighborhood? Perhaps you’ve been in a renovated space, reclaimed from the years of decay and admired a polished concrete floor. Concrete is all around us, and it would be difficult to go a day without seeing it, walking on it, and relying on it to do its job. And it always does exactly what we ask of it.

For us, when we think about concrete, several words come to mind: artisan, creativity, and rich living. Concrete to us is so much more than highways and high-rise buildings. Set in Stone was created from two creatives falling in love with working with concrete as a hobby. We’re well over a decade into it and have improved our methods along the way; after all, we’re makers at heart.

Our work at Set in Stone is always unique. Even if we were asked to recast a mold, the result would be something new and the finish would be it’s own. If you’re looking for something that sets your kitchen apart from all of the granite-laden kitchens you’ve seen, concrete might be what you’re looking for.

If you’re like us, then you wouldn’t ever be satisfied with laminate counters. Concrete allows for the client to be a part of the design. It can be completely crafted to the vision that you have for your kitchen. You want a large overhang? Concrete’s got your back! Are you concerned about the weight of such a hefty slab? No worries, with recent advancements in chemical additives, what used to be 4 inches thick can be cast half as thick. We use GFRC, “glass fiber reinforced concrete.” Truth be told GFRC has actually been around for a few years (dating back to the 1970s), but you can read more about that here. The point is that glass fibers allow concrete to be much thinner and, believe it or not, very flexible.

Concrete bending A flat slab of concrete bending to an extreme angle. GFRC in action, BOOM!

Unlike granite, concrete starts as a fluid. It’s quite literally liquid rock. With its liquid nature, concrete can be formed to almost any angle, allowing for unlimited creativity. After we’ve arrived at the proper look, we create a unique mold, cast, acid stain, polish, and seal. When it’s finished, our water based urethane finish protects and enhances the concrete.

  • The Jux sink shows just how extreme angles can be included in any concrete casting

Creativity is sparked not from conformity and drawing inside the lines but from stepping outside the normal parameters and doing something different. We’re all about the creative process and believe that it will lead us to a much richer life. If you’re looking to not only have new countertops but perhaps add a little art in the process, concrete might be the solution that you’ve been looking for.

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