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Concrete Countertops: Design, Forms and Finishes for the New Kitchen and Bathroom [DVD-Video] [Paperback]

Fu-Tung Cheng , Eric Olsen
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17 Oct 2002
The complete, step-by-step, full-colour how-to book of designing, forming, mixing, pouring and finishing concrete countertops by the undisputed master of the technique. Fu-Tung Cheng is a California architect and designer who has reinvented the kitchen/bathroom countertop using the medium of concrete. Countertops made of custom-formed, coloured, and finished concrete can look like marble, glass, granite, gold, or sculpture - the look is limited only by the imagination. Concrete Countertops covers every angle of designing, forming, mixing, pouring, colouring, trowelling, in-laying (e.g., brass rods to serve as a drainboard), and finishing decorative concrete countertops, all written by the man who basically invented the form. Unique: this is the only book of its kind on a very hot trend in kitchen and bathroom design. Complete and authoritative: author is a well-connected, internationally renowned expert who essentially invented the medium.

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  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press Inc (17 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561584843
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561584840
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 23.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Well written and illustrated manual on the casting and finishing of concrete work surfaces for the home. Suitable for DIY enthusiasts as well as architects and designers who are looking for information on the skills required for polished concrete finishes etc.where a unique affect is desired.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written 24 July 2003
Format:Paperback
In the middle of a large refurbishment project and have purchased several books to help me. Without doubt the most comprehensive and well written book in my libary. Author takes nothing for granted with excellent pictures and explantion. Now to put the words into action. If it goes wrong it wont be the books fault.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This is the sort of book that you would pick up even if you didn't know what it was about. A lovely cover with high quality paper and loads of really good quality colour photographs.
The content is easy to read and really interesting for someone like myself who just wanted to know something about the practicalities of using concrete as a decorative product.
The book does not contain huge amounts of text nor lots of technical detail (e.g. down to the chemical level). It does however give you all the detail and knowledge that you need to know to get you going. Cheng also includes plenty of practical hints and tips to help the beginner overcome some of the basic mistakes which may be offputting. If like me you didn't know anything about making concrete worktops, this book is ideal. If you do already know something about the subject, then it may still be worthwhile for a bit of inspiration.
Overall I found this book a really pleasant read with plenty of great pictures to back up the text. It would make a great coffee-table book as even the non-engineer will find the artistic side and innumerable photographs interesting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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A fantastic book! By far my favourite out of all the 'build-your-own' books that I have read. The author gives lots of inspirational pictures and ideas, but also covers all the information that you need to actually make a concrete worktop (unlike so many DIY books, that just say 'now find a good plumber/carpenter/etc') He even has an extensive trouble-shooting section. About to try it for myself - wish me luck!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Concrete counter tops 3 April 2010
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The subject of concrete countertops is an interesting one, it came up - for me - during a kitchen fitting contract some years ago. I'd acquired a book about remodeling kitchens and it was touched on briefly. More recently I've to make some concrete slabs for a particular job and want them to look better than 'slabs' so searched Amazon and this book was suggested.
Inside the covers is a whole new world that excited even a jaded ex-construction worker like myself. The author adopts the hands on approach and it shows in his writing. From a reader's point of view he or she can learn from the author's mistakes, experiences and successes which goes a long way to cutting the learning curve if you're new to this type of work.
All tools, methods, materials and working practices - while clearly American - are adaptable to the UK. Concrete will never be boring again.
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