How to Use Concrete in a Traditional Kitchen

Concrete Kitchen Countertops and Floors are Growing in Popularity both for Aesthetics and Costs Reasons

By Mark J. Donovan

For the average homeowner when the word concrete is said relative to the construction of their home they think about foundations, basement slab floors, patios and driveways. However, today concrete is being used as a substitute for other materials in the home. In particular, concrete is more frequently being used for the construction of such things as concrete kitchen and bathroom countertops and even finished floors.

It shouldn’t be so surprising that home builders and homeowners are turning to concrete for building concrete kitchen countertops and backsplashes. With the help of customized forms, concrete kitchen countertops can be shaped into any continuous and seamless form.

In addition, when combined with other elements such as inlay glass tiles a concrete kitchen countertop and backsplash can look absolutely stunning. Moreover when color tints are added to the concrete mixture nearly any shade of color can be achieved with the kitchen countertop, providing bright or warm traditional color tones to the kitchen.

Mosaic tiles can also be integrated into the concrete kitchen countertops, including along the edges of the countertop and/or into the backsplash.

In addition to adding colored dies and tiles to concrete kitchen countertops, patterns or imprints can be integrated into the tile surface. Similarly this can be done with kitchen floors to achieve warm and textured flooring. Concrete kitchen countertops can also be fabricated to have very smooth finishes.

One additional advantage of using concrete floors in the kitchen is that radiant floor heating can be integrated into the concrete kitchen floor to enable toasty warm floors.

Radiant floor heating is also an extremely efficient way of heating a room as the heat from the floor slowly rises to bathe the occupants of the room with a very comfortable heat.

In addition to concrete kitchen countertops and floors, concrete sinks can even be fabricated and integrated into the concrete kitchen countertops. Typically the concrete sinks are designed and fabricated to be effectively part of the countertop with virtually no seams.

Concrete kitchen countertops are heavy due to the density of the material and the thickness of the countertop itself. Consequently it is important that the countertop be installed on a very solid and well constructed floor and cabinet base.

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So before deciding on your new kitchen countertop material, make sure to take a closer look at concrete. Not only will you be surprised with what can be done with it, you’ll also be surprised how affordable it is over other countertop materials.

For help on your kitchen remodeling project, see my Kitchen Remodeling Bid Sheet. The Kitchen Remodeling Bid Sheet provides a request for quote checklist section that you can provide to prospective kitchen remodeling contractors. It also includes a comprehensive kitchen remodeling cost breakdown table, in Microsoft Excel format, that allows the contractor to include his projected remodeling costs for every phase of the project.

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