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Concrete at Home

By: Fu-Tung Chen, with Eric Olsen

Build artistic custom concrete floors, cabinets, countertops, sinks, dividers, fireplaces, mantlepieces and more.

In the pages of this 216-page, four-color book you'll find hundreds of ideas for ways to use concrete on the job.

You'll learn how to custom design, pour, finish, and seal one-of-a-kind custom interior and exterior floors. Includes information on admixtures, crack control, custom finishes, self-leveling compounds, and reinforcement techniques.

Shows how to apply inlays, linework, and stamps and finishes to concrete floors. Explains how to create custom concrete countertops and sinks.

Illustrates the fundamentals of concrete wall design, including innovative uses for concrete block, applying color and texture on walls, using ties, rebar, and forms for walls.

How to design, form and place mantlepieces and fireplace surrounds, and how to design, form and pour water pieces, columns, and more from concrete.


Preface, viii
Introduction, 2

Floors & Countertops
Chapter 1
The Fundamentals of Floor Design, 8

Chapter 2
Floor Essentials: Preparation, Execution & Pouring, 24

Chapter 3
Floor Transformations: Inlays, Linework, Stamps & Finishes, 48

Chapter 4
New Countertops: Classes, Products, Tools & Techniques, 76


Chapter 5
The Fundamentals of Wall Design: Character, Form & Expression, 98

Chapter 6
Wall Essentials: Fittings, Forms, Ties & Techniques, 122

Chapter 7
Beyond the Basic Wall: The Ultimate Kitchen, 144

Fireplaces, Columns, & Architectural Pieces

Chapter 8
Hearthscapes: Mantelpieces & Fireplace Surrounds, 162

Chapter 9
Architectural Elements: Water Pieces, Columns & More, 184

Resources, 208
Index, 213
Credits, 216

216 Pages - 8-1/2x 11 in.


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