Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Concrete vs. Granite. No comparison necessary

Everyone always wants to compare concrete to granite, or quartz or whatever they feel like.  To me, there is no comparison.  All the other choices are exactly that, choices.  Compare those to each other all day for all I care.  But not to concrete

Concrete is a lifestyle!  Concrete is for the forward thinkers, the non conformers, the radicals! Concrete is chosen because some people still place a value on handmade, organic, imperfect, customizable as well as supporting small business.  To me no other "option" can compete.

 Concrete can be elegant, warm, soft, and inviting.  Not the concrete of old, drab, gray, and driven upon.   Concrete in the hands of me and my fellow artisans, can be beautiful, awe inspiring, and down right Sexy!  Yeah that's right my concrete is sexy!  Is your quartz sexy?  I tend to think not.

Concrete is not for everybody. If it was it would be called Granite!

If you would like to add a little sexy to your home or business, give the Concrete Craftsman a call or drop by the website for a peek at some Awe inspiring concrete.

Paul Neall
(831) 713-9598

A recent custom Concrete Ramp sink install in Portola Valley, ca.  Concrete Craftsman services the entire bay area, including san francisco, silicon valley and reaching down to monterey and carmel

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My first concrete job

My very first concrete countertop job was a break from what I was used to.  It was a style I was unfamiliar with.  It involved Crushed glass, seashells and exposed aggregate being ground and polished to a beautifully smooth surface.  It was a challenge I looked forward to as I always do!  Challenges are what keep the creative going, a break from the mundane.  A chance to try something new.  This job posed a lot of hurdles to overcome but was an extremely rewarding project.

The clients gave me creative control (a bonus for all party's involved).   When the client cries upon install, it is a good sign.  If it's not we have more to talk about.  

 In all there were some 30 seashells exposed as well as countless pieces of glass and aggregate.  Cast in a soft green, these countertops accentuated the entire kitchen.  With both peninsula pieces being over 7' long with 10" of overhang this kitchen was designed for entertaining.  Coupled with the glass tile added after, the whole  kitchen was brought together.  And shortly after completion the concrete craftsman was invited to the party to celebrate the beautiful new kitchen.  A great project to be involved with!

If you are ready for a kitchen redo or its time to spice up your home or bath, give concrete craftsman a call to discuss your ideas.  

Capitola concrete countertops
Exposed seashells and aggregate

Paul Neall
(831) 713-9598