Next he sprayed the GFRC backer mix, which contains the glass fibers, to a %-inch thickness. Styrofoam was then added on top of the backer mix. "The foam is in there to take up volume. It's a weight reduction method," [Tommy Cook] says. "Another benefit is the Styrofoam holds temperature, so it makes it a little warmer than your standard concrete countertops would be." Another 1Zh neh of backer mix was sprayed over the foam, and then the countertop was troweled and left to cure.
COUNTERTOPS Kimberly Johnston, Associate Editor Concrete Countertops Contractors combine concrete and creativity for unique concrete countertops Award winning kitchen the kitchen and bar area, Absolute to remove any pin holes and “com- C reating kitchens that are classic ConcreteWorks also created a con- pact” the concrete. and simple while incorporat- crete backsplash and a removable Next he sprayed the GFRC backer ing tangible objects from the concrete art piece that incorporated mix, which contains the glass ﬁbers, to owners’ lives is not an easy task. But items from the homeowners’ previ- a 3⁄8-inch thickness. Styrofoam was then Steve Silberman and Tommy Cook of ous endeavors. added on top of the backer mix. “The Absolute ConcreteWorks, Poulsbo, Absolute ConcreteWorks used its foam is in there to take up volume. Wash., were up to the task. Not only trademarked SoundCrete GFRC con- ” It’s a weight reduction method, Cook did they create the desired concrete crete mix for all the concrete elements says. “Another beneﬁt is the Styrofoam countertops the homeowners wanted, in the kitchen. “The main reason for holds temperature, so it makes it a little but they also created an award using GFRC is higher strength and warmer than your standard concrete winning concrete art piece for the lighter weight. It’s a much easier prod- countertops would be. Another 1⁄4-inch ” kitchen’s bar area. ” uct to deal with, Cook says. of backer mix was sprayed over the The homeowner wanted the coun- To create the precast countertops, foam, and then the countertop was tertops to have a worn, leathered Cook ﬁrst used templates to fabricate troweled and left to cure. look without the rugged feel. The the molds. Once the molds were cre- To achieve the desired color, Cook countertops also included stainless, ated, the inlays set for the knockouts sprayed on brown acid stain and let it removable trivets and a cook top that and the inserts for the trivets in place, sit to create its own pattern. He also was ﬂush with the countertop, Cook Cook sprayed on the GFRC mist coat. used pads to buff the concrete and says. Aside from the countertops in He then back brushed the mist coat give it a “worn” look, Cook says. The counter- Below: Absolute ConcreteWorks won Cheng’s tops were Circle of Distinction Award for Best “Funk”-tional feature for the art piece at the end of the wine bar neutralized, counter. Right: All the kitchen countertops were rinsed and done using SoundCrete, the covered AT A GLANCE company’s own GFRC mix. with a food friendly Company: sealer. Absolute ConcreteWorks Poulsbo,Wash.
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