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Concrete at Home: Innovative Forms and Finishes: Countertops, Floors, Walls, and Fireplaces

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Fu-Tung Cheng's surprise bestseller Concrete Countertops paved the way for a fresh look at a familiar surface. His new book moves beyond the kitchen and transforms this commonplace material into an elegant medium that can be used throughout the house. Combining cutting-edge design with helpful how-to information, Concrete at Home offers ingenious ideas for planning and building walls, fireplaces, mantels, hearths, and exterior and interior floors, as well as tips on incorporating architectural elements such as counters, sinks, columns, and water pieces into the project. The construction of forms, footings, and ties is detailed in clear, easy-to-follow instructions, and special attention is given to finishing techniques, including adding color, texture, and inlays.

Review:

"Cheng (Concrete Countertops) brings his skill and creativity to the rest of the house, exploring the design and building of floors, walls, patios and fireplaces as well as kitchen counters and sinks — all using concrete. Not one to stick to basics, he offers suggestions for conceptualizing and integrating artful elements — columns, fountains, inlays — into nearly every room. Copious close-up photographs show Cheng and his team at work as they frame, pour, shape and finish concrete-centric projects for various clients. The books breaks down projects into manageable pieces, while detailed instructions and diagrams lead readers from idea through preparation to execution. Finishing touches and whimsical elements are important, and this detailed manual 'contains a healthy respect for the discipline of the basics plus a twist of attitude from the artist.' Readers possessing both skill and moxie will do best with this volume; since timing, measurements and other considerations are so important when working with concrete, the best approach would surely involve a thorough reading — or two — before deciding which one to undertake. And with a bit of thought and creativity, a wide variety of found objects (bits of coral, even a bowling trophy) can add personality to a piece. Cheng manages to infuse a DIY book on a nontraditional subject with personality, and his dry humor and offbeat approach to home design come through nicely." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Fu-Tung Cheng is known internationally for his sophisticated and innovative concrete designs for the home market. He heads the Berkeley-based Cheng Design, a firm that also produces prized kitchen ventilation units and GeocreteTM, a boutique line of sculptural concrete countertops. Cheng was the author of Concrete Countertops, the book that launched the concrete countertop revolution.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781561586820
Author:
Cheng, Fu Tung
Publisher:
Taunton Press
Author:
Cheng, Fu-Tung
Author:
Olsen, Eric
Author:
, Fu tung
Author:
Fu tung
Subject:
Design & Construction
Subject:
Materials
Subject:
Dwellings
Subject:
HOUSE & HOME / Design & Construction
Subject:
Construction - General
Subject:
Do-It-Yourself - Masonry
Subject:
Dwellings -- Materials.
Subject:
Building fittings
Subject:
Masonry
Subject:
Home Construction-Masonry and Concrete
Subject:
General Architecture
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20050231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
10.82x9.08x.59 in. 2.02 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Taunton Press - English 9781561586820 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Cheng (Concrete Countertops) brings his skill and creativity to the rest of the house, exploring the design and building of floors, walls, patios and fireplaces as well as kitchen counters and sinks — all using concrete. Not one to stick to basics, he offers suggestions for conceptualizing and integrating artful elements — columns, fountains, inlays — into nearly every room. Copious close-up photographs show Cheng and his team at work as they frame, pour, shape and finish concrete-centric projects for various clients. The books breaks down projects into manageable pieces, while detailed instructions and diagrams lead readers from idea through preparation to execution. Finishing touches and whimsical elements are important, and this detailed manual 'contains a healthy respect for the discipline of the basics plus a twist of attitude from the artist.' Readers possessing both skill and moxie will do best with this volume; since timing, measurements and other considerations are so important when working with concrete, the best approach would surely involve a thorough reading — or two — before deciding which one to undertake. And with a bit of thought and creativity, a wide variety of found objects (bits of coral, even a bowling trophy) can add personality to a piece. Cheng manages to infuse a DIY book on a nontraditional subject with personality, and his dry humor and offbeat approach to home design come through nicely." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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