Mr. and Mrs. Do-It-Yourselfers

 


Article by: Deborah Meyer

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Concrete countertops, recognized first by architects and designers , SIMPLE INTERIOR DESIGN TIPS for their aesthetic potential and project versatility, are fast becoming the answer to homeowners' demands for a relatively inexpensive countertop alternative that doesn't require a high-level of expertise to install. In addition, they offer homeowners an exciting opportunity to literally try their hands at being creative. Step-by-step books, videos and hands-on training are now readily available for homeowners to confidently engage in such do-it-yourself (DIY) projects as building , The Solar Energy Industry Grew 67% Last Year: Are You Making the Best Decision for Your Future? concrete countertops.

Married couple Chris and Ali were excited to take on a DIY project after purchasing their San Francisco flat. , Bed Advice for New Internet Users A logistical real estate developer/construction manager and an educational specialist, Chris and Ali are also architecture and home , Bed Advice for New Internet Users design enthusiasts. With a penchant for getting their hands dirty, building , The Need for National Guidelines and Testing in the Home Improvement Industry and installing their own concrete , Heating Basement Rec Rooms countertop seemed a natural , How I Got A Robot To Vacuum The House choice for them.

Chris happens to be no stranger to concrete: "My interest goes back several years when I was building , Skunked - On Memorial Day restaurants and retail spaces. I installed concrete , Conservatory Companies - Making the Right Choice countertops and worked with concrete , Phantom Loads and Energy Saving artisans doing integral color , Structure And Building Waterproofing - Keep Your Building And Investment Safe From Water Damage and stained concrete floors. , Home Building-Development or Custom Built

In April of 2003, Chris and Ali purchased a two-flat building , SIMPLE INTERIOR DESIGN TIPS in space-challenged San Francisco. Recently, they sold the lower flat , Hurricanes, Appliances and Back Up Power as a tenant-in-common unit and now occupy the upper flat, , Skunked - On Memorial Day which offers roughly 950 sq. ft. of living space. Before they considered building , Huff and Puff - Power Your Home with the Wind their own kitchen , Glass Sinks 4 Unbreakable Rules of Buying a Glass Vessel Sink concrete countertop, they hired a contractor , Huff and Puff - Power Your Home with the Wind for an extensive remodel of the home. , Huff and Puff - Power Your with the Wind The result is an open, loft-like living space where the kitchen , How To Buy Double Glazing In The UK and living zones flow together.

"We both enjoy the process of designing and creating our own living space to fit how we live. This applies to the space we occupy as well as the details within it," says Ali. "We both like the idea of working with our hands, using materials that are natural, , Furniture Down The Ages accessible ["¦] and flexible." Chris added, "Concrete counters are beautiful, , What You Should Know About Steam Showers cool, earthy, solid, and you just want to touch them. The counters were a perfect way for us to create something beautiful , Heating Basement Rec Rooms out of our own ideas and hard work, and the uniqueness of the end product , Huff and Puff - Power Your Home with the Wind is a representation of our unique ideas."

Their kitchen, , Update your Furniture with New Fabrics 10 feet wide by 15 feet long (150 sq. ft.), didn't offer much room , Aquatic Bath Tubs - More Than Just a Dip for Chris and Ali to work "” but that didn't stop the big plans , Glass Sinks 4 Unbreakable Rules of Buying a Glass Vessel Sink they had for their narrow kitchen. , Choose Your New Countertop Wisely Or Be Very Sorry Later They wanted to have a logical cooking zone with a work triangle, plenty of counter space and still have enough room , Feel the Bath With Bathroom Accessories to accommodate a dining area.

Like most urban San Francisco properties, , Sleep Tight! Why Your Bedding Matters space is almost always an issue. To remedy this, a straight run of upper and lower cabinets and a concrete , Cleaning Carpets: No-Nonsense Real-World Carpet Stain Removal countertop with a dishwasher, sink, oven and stove were placed along one wall , Repairing Your Faulty uPVC Double Glazed Windows And Doors of the kitchen. , Furniture Down The Ages A built-in banquette and dining table are located opposite the concrete , Heating Basement Rec Rooms countertop work area. An adjacent wall , How to Redesign Your Bedroom on a Small Budget hosts a refrigerator and tall cabinets.

Chris and Ali agree that the most interesting addition to the kitchen , Home Renovations and Improvements: What Do You Really Want to Do? is the concrete , Structure And Building Waterproofing - Keep Your Building And Investment Safe From Water Damage countertop. The couple's instructional guide and source for design , Aquatic Bath Tubs - More Than Just a Dip inspiration was award-winning designer , The Solar Energy Industry Grew 67% Last Year: Are You Making the Best Decision for Your Future? Fu-Tung Cheng's Concrete , Tips on Kitchen Remodeling Designs Countertops: Design, , Phantom Loads and Energy Saving Forms, and Finishes for the New Kitchen , What You Should Know About Steam Showers and Bath (Taunton, 2002), a national bestseller in the remodeling and design , Choose Your New Kitchen Countertop Wisely Or Be Very Sorry Later genre.

The finished countertop is a visually stunning work surface with rich, complex colors: reddish-brown with flecks of semi-precious Leopardskin (yellow and black) aggregates. "This particular color , Repairing Your Faulty uPVC Double Glazed Windows And Doors combination blended perfectly with the color , Sleep Tight! Why Your Bedding Matters theme we had for the cabinetry, tile , Carpet Cleaning Machines backsplash, floor , Home Building-Development or Custom Built and wall , Bathtub Refinishing Failure, Be Informed finishes," says Ali.

Understated design , Furniture Down The Ages details of the 12-foot long, 3-inch thick concrete , Glass Sinks 4 Unbreakable Rules of Buying a Glass Vessel Sink countertop include rounded edges at the countertop front and the sink openings as well as a decorative metal , Laminate Flooring Installation Guidelines strip under the front edge of the countertop to conceal the plywood sub-top.

Chris and Ali took special note that despite the tight working space of their basement, , Home Building-Development or Custom Built their collaborative work ran smoothly from pour to finish. "Like the rest of our remodeling project, building , How I Got A Robot To Vacuum The House the concrete , Furniture Down The Ages countertop brought us closer together," says Chris. "We work very well together. It starts from the fact that we communicate very well and our design , Roof Leaks - How to Detect ideas complement each other."

With the completion of the project and the creative work done, Chris and Ali admit that their biggest challenge was building , Feel the Bathroom With Bathroom Accessories the concrete , Home Building-Development or Custom Built forms. "Particularly for the sink cut-out, which has radius corners and two different size basins," says Chris.

Despite a couple of minor learning curves, Chris maintains that there is an overwhelming sense of accomplishment upon completing their concrete , Bathtub Refinishing Failure, Be Informed countertop. "The best part is seeing and feeling the finished product , Why Soy Candles Are Better! and knowing we did it!" It's been said that if a couple can survive a home , Swimming Pools: 6 Tips to Make them Auspicious remodel "” especially a DIY project "” together, they can survive anything.

From the looks of a job well done on their first concrete , Roof Leaks - How to Detect countertop, these happy do-it-yourselfers are in it for the long haul. Chris says of future projects, "We plan , Home Building-Development or Custom Built to create a concrete , Home Building-Development or Custom Built fireplace surround and perhaps a hearth to go with it!"

For more information , What You Should Know About Steam Showers about concrete , Hurricanes, Appliances and Back Up Power countertops, please visit: http://www.ConcreteExchange.com/
Deborah Meyer works as Marketing Assistant for Cheng Design, , Cleaning Carpets: No-Nonsense Real-World Carpet Stain Removal a Berkeley-based interior design , Carpet Cleaning Machines company headed by award-winning designer , Swimming Pools: 6 Tips to Make them Auspicious and author Fu-Tung Cheng. Deborah's work includes writing press releases for Cheng Design , Cabinet Hardware Speak Volumes About Your Personality and Cheng Concrete , How To Buy Double Glazing In The UK Exchange, with a focus on do-it-yourself stories of the company's customers.

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