The Worth of Concrete Countertops: Modification Increases Aesthetic Appeal and Realty Financial Investment for Homeowners

The Worth of Concrete Countertops: Modification Boosts Aesthetic Appeal and Realty Investment for Homeowners

From top-dollar houses in the San Francisco Bay Area to sprawling mountain homes in the Colorado Rockies, discriminating house owners are requiring custom-made styles and surfaces in their kitchen areas. In specific, they are looking to reveal their individuality and unique style preferences with the quick growing design material of choice– concrete.

In reality, concrete countertops have become somewhat of a status sign for kitchens, measuring up to granite and other high-end counter top surface alternatives. Customer Reports Publication (August 2004) ranked concrete highest for its "customization" and "exclusivity" amongst high-end kitchen countertops.

As a custom-made product, the quantity of time and workmanship needed to produce concrete countertops positions them as the most labor-intensive and most expensive among leading countertop materials.

However, concrete countertops are ending up being more available for those on a modest budget plan. The most recent do-it-yourself (DIY) trend to captivate house owners and home builders is constructing your own concrete countertop. This phenomenon has gained appeal mostly due to Cheng's best-selling book Concrete Countertops: Design, Forms, and Completes for the New Kitchen and Bath (Taunton Press, 2002). According to Cheng, there is little monetary financial investment in making concrete countertops, yet the innovative gains of dealing with concrete are plentiful.


Progressively, property owners are moving far from the dull, manufactured look of traditional counter top surface areas and choosing concrete for its earthy, timeless appeal. Plus, the choices for customizing concrete countertops are unlimited: one can color, polish, stamp and stain concrete or imbed individual items like stones, seashells and fossils into the counter top's surface area, adding belief and character. Functional functions such as drain boards, soap meals, and trivets can also be incorporated to suit the homeowners' own needs and way of life.

Concrete is slowly becoming demystified as characteristically cold and industrial. In contrary, this olden product is warm and surprisingly tactile; people can not help but touch their smooth, sleek surfaces. Property representative Happiness Rasmussen, who has actually recently sold her mountain house– a short-term investment residential or commercial property in Steamboat Springs, CO– states her visitors' experiences with concrete: "When I had open houses, visitors gravitated to the concrete countertops– lots of people around here have never ever seen them".

Joy's 2,265 sq. ft. mountain house was custom-made construct by her hubby, Ken Otterman, along with KJ Otterman, president of Classic Unique Custom-made Residences. They constructed pour-in-place concrete counters for the house's kitchen and three restrooms by using Concrete Countertops as their guide. The sand-colored concrete countertops were polished smooth, then coupled with natural slate of differing colors– like charcoal, rust and gold tones– that forms the backsplashes in the cooking area and baths. As a style accent, little rectangle-shaped slate tiles were contributed to the rim of the bathroom sinks, which offered an unique information to the customized vanities.

When Happiness and Ken chose to offer their home, their financial investment in concrete countertops showed its worth. "We had the ability to note your home $20,000 over market value, and had no problems offering it," remarks Pleasure, while discussing the long list of upgrades throughout their home, including knotty pine strong doors, natural slate wall accents and hardwood floorings. "The concrete countertops were easily the most distinct and impressive of all the finishes. I think they were a huge part in adding value to the home. Around here, all you see in homes are granite countertops– and I truly believe property buyers are getting quite numb with granite."

" Concrete countertops are an unique offering to property buyers who see the same finishes used in home after house they visit," discusses Delight, using her observation as a seasoned realtor. "Having concrete countertops nearly provides you boasting rights– you have something different from your neighbors."


Another advantage of concrete is its versatility in either modern-day or traditional settings, specifically when coupled with other products like diverse metals, wood or stone. "Concrete adds a lot of [possibilities] to stone, and the mix with slate, which is extremely popular here, offers the mountain houses an overall warm, natural touch," says Pleasure.

Delight and Ken have actually because developed a much bigger house (4,000 sq. ft.) that uses expansive views of the Steamboat Ski Resort and is suggested to act as a long-term financial investment for the couple. They've likewise expanded their list of customized finishes, including hand-troweled walls, stylish oil-rubbed bronze hardware, knotty pine doors that arch at the top, cabinets in a natural, knotty alder, and their favorite– concrete cooking area countertops.

Unlike in their previous house, KJ and his specialized crew put charcoal-colored countertops using the pre-cast approach in the incomplete basement of the new house. Before putting the concrete, they sprinkled a selection of semi-precious stones in the mold including Leopardskin, Moonstone, Mother-of-Pearl and Turquoise. After the surface area was ground and gently polished, the finished outcome was a remarkable mix of colors, "By far, the Mother-of-Pearl was the most extraordinary," states Joy.

The L-shaped concrete countertop has a rough, rustic stone appearance, complementing its rugged nation surroundings. An integral drain board and trivets supplies function and included interest to the concrete counter top. Natural slate backsplashes, unique wall accents, and a butcher block counter top at the kitchen island all resonate with the standard heat and earthiness of the concrete countertops.

Joy and Ken's respective backgrounds in property and custom homebuilding, and as financial investment homebuyers, have actually helped them understand that concrete countertops can add incredible aesthetic and financial worth to a house. Concrete's customization and "show-stopping" appeal resembles no other countertop surface. Cheng is an advocate of psychological visual appeals and developing houses that capture these emotions, as in the case of Joy and Ken Otterman. Cheng concludes: "Individuals truly desire differentiation, something personal, something customized– and concrete can do that for them."

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