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Top 10 Concrete Projects of 2010
A review of projects featured in 2010 revealed these ten with the most innovative and creative uses of concrete.
1. Bowled Over by Color
Walking into the entryway of the Alley at South Shore in Riverview, Fla., is like opening a box of Crayola crayons. You see almost every color of the rainbow on display in a dazzling array. For the concrete floor in this bowling and family entertainment center, water-based concrete stains were used to create an eye-catching graphic treatment that complements a colorful, glow-in-the-dark carpet. Read more about the coloring techniques used.
2. Concrete Vessel Tubs and Embossed Wall Express Concrete's Full Potential
A large residential project involving an abundance of interior cast concrete included two concrete vessel tubs with integrally cast heating elements and a curved niche wall with an embossed tree. The homeowners wanted bathtubs big enough to accommodate two people, as well as an "earthiness" and sense of mass that made concrete the perfect choice. The curved, tree-embossed wall created subtle drama and a sense of enclosure. See more photos of this project.
3. Tanning Salon Floor Glistens Like Copper
Customers who visit the upscale ITan salon in Norwalk, Conn., may leave with a sun-kissed glow, but it will pale in comparison to the brilliant, coppery sheen of the tanning salon's decorative epoxy floor. The 1,800-square-foot overlay delivers all the razzle dazzle the salon owner was after, glistening with russet-orange tones that complement the bright color scheme used throughout the space. Learn how the metallic glow was achieved.
4. 'Floating' Concrete Creates a Spectacular Entryway
The owners of an ultra-modern home wanted the slabs surrounding the stairway at their front entrance to appear as if they were floating in a pool of water. These gleaming white concrete slabs were used to give the illusion of a floating floor, creating a truly unique front entrance. Everything below the waterline in the pool is blacked out so that nothing can be seen but the white concrete.
5. Concrete Sidewalks Get the Star Treatment
The luxurious Beverly Hills Hotel, located on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, decided to remove the outdoor carpeting from the sidewalks and stairways and stain the underlying concrete as a low-cost, low-maintenance upgrade. Now the walkways at this prestigious five-start resort complement its famous pink, white, and green color scheme and have an antiqued, natural-stone look that enhances the hotel's European ambience. Learn how the contractor completed the renovation while the hotel remained open for business.
6. Concrete Bartop Doubles as Abstract Art
Homeowners with a love for modern art get a custom concrete bartop that serves as an artistic showpiece. The bartop resembles a large, L-shaped puzzle piece, with curves formed by custom-cut foam. A glass top permits full view of the base while contrasting beautifully with the concrete.
7. Circle of Life
A decorative floor overlay with an unusual geometric design gives new life to a basement family room. The project involved cutting, free-hand, 240 circles into a 3/8-inch-thick stamped overlay. The circles were then accented with various colors of water-based stain. Another unique element of this floor was to reproduce a 6-foot Florida Gator logo with the actual team colors. Read about the challenges involved to execute this labor-intensive project.
8. Circular Concrete Reception Desk Welcomes Hotel Patrons in Style
This impressive circular concrete reception desk at the upscale Aloft Hotel in Milwaukee echoes the sleek, contemporary look of the facility while beautifully complementing the lobby's polished concrete floor. In addition to the curvilinear shape, the desk had to be built to discretely accommodate storage cabinetry and computer systems and minimize their view to the public. Learn how the desk was made.
9. Concrete Fireplace Mantle Poses Unique Challenges
This concrete mantle features a free span of 9 feet, along with recessed lighting and some creative and challenging reinforcement work. Installed as part of a major home remodel, the mantle has a light sandblast finish and was assembled from nine pieces, fit together with offset seams. Steel angle iron welded into the rebar cage within the concrete allowed the mantle to appear as if it's floating.
10. Polished Floors Done Right
Dissatisfied with the performance of their existing polished concrete, retailer Cabela's Outfitters finally got polished floors that met their expectations. Over 40,000 square feet of concrete flooring was repolished and dyed to a gleaming, high-performance finish. Learn how the transformation was done.