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Title:
Concrete countertops : design, forms, and finishes for the new kitchen and bath
Author:
Cheng, Fu-Tung.
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Publication Information:
Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
202 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781561584840
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Concrete Countertops re-invents the countertop with a single material: concrete. Although this method of building kitchen and bathroom countertops is currently very popular, not one book on the subject exists - until now.

Enter Fu-Tung Cheng, master of design and construction. Here at last is a complete, start-to-finish book on creating concrete countertops. Cheng takes you step-by-step through the process of making a concrete countertop -- from building the mold and mixing and pouring concrete to curing, grinding, polishing, and installing the countertop.

Youll be inspired by the 350 color photographs that bring this exciting medium to life. And youll discover that the possibilities for creative expression with concrete are endless. Countertops made of custom-formed, colored and finished concrete can look like marble, granite, glass or sculpture - the look is limited only be the imagination.

Throughout the book, Cheng offers valuable troubleshooting advice and useful tips on maintaining a concrete countertop.


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Library Journal Review

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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 2
1 Design and Planningp. 6
Why concrete?p. 8
Before you beginp. 11
Break out of the moldp. 20
Complements and supplementsp. 31
2 Building the Moldp. 36
Tools and materialsp. 41
Laying out the moldp. 49
Assembling the moldp. 56
3 Mix Designp. 78
The basicsp. 81
A basic mixp. 96
Calculating and proportioning ingredientsp. 98
4 Mixing and Pouringp. 104
Tools and materialsp. 105
The work environmentp. 112
Mixing the concretep. 113
Placing the concretep. 119
5 Curing, Finishing, and Troubleshootingp. 124
Curingp. 125
Releasing the concretep. 130
Grinding and polishingp. 136
Placing inlaysp. 142
Sealing the concretep. 143
Troubleshootingp. 149
6 Installing the Countertopp. 158
Preparing the cabinetsp. 159
Installating the countertopp. 163
Installing the backsplashp. 170
Appendix 1. Building a Curved Formp. 174
Appendix 2. Forming a Drop-Down Front Edgep. 176
Appendix 3. Pouring a Countertop in Placep. 178
Appendix 4. Maintaining a Concrete Countertopp. 190
Resourcesp. 195
Creditsp. 198
Indexp. 199