“Pièce de résistance” – Custom countertops in Flower Mound, TX
If you ask a realtor how you can increase the value of your home, he or she probably will recommend that you upgrade your kitchen. When these Flower Mound, TX homeowners set out to remodel their home, they wanted the kitchen to receive the VIP treatment. After mulling their options, they decided to install unique custom countertops that would give guests pause. Sure, granite is pretty — but it has become so common that it no longer has the “wow” factor that it once did. These owners hired us to install concrete custom countertops that would get the reaction they wanted.
Unlike granite, marble, tile, Corian, and other countertop options, concrete is extremely versatile and easy to work with. After we pour the concrete mixture into custom molds, it flows into each corner and angle of the mold and then hardens. Concrete can be used to create almost any shape a homeowner desires. When you opt for concrete custom countertops, you’re limited only by your imagination. For this Flower Mound, TX project, the owners requested that we create a unique stone-textured edge on their countertops. No problem. We built a single-use Styrofoam mold to create the custom edges. They also asked us to build a custom concrete sink. (When these owners said they wanted their new kitchen to impress, they really meant business!) They told us precisely what they wanted their sink to look like, and we built another mold to those specs.
Concrete custom countertops can be made in one of two ways. Either they are cast in place (manufactured onsite and poured directly in the space where they will “live”) or precast (manufactured in our facility to precise measurements, transported in sections to the customer’s home or business, and then installed.) Either option achieves a stunning end result. Cast-in-place countertops have a seamless appearance, and the turnaround time is faster. The benefit of precast countertops is that when we make them at our facility, we can offer such options as integral backsplashes and drain boards, acid staining, and fine polishing but they will have to be installed in segments so there will be seams. Neither is “better” – which to choose depends on the desired end result.
In this case, the custom countertops were cast in place in the kitchen. Once the concrete dried, we removed the molds and then sealed the countertops and the sink with a solvent-based polyurethane that added a high-gloss shine and made the surfaces very durable and stain-resistant. While the sealant minimizes the odds of staining, it’s not bulletproof. We always instruct owners to use common sense when it comes to what will come in contact with the concrete. Furthermore, whenever we install concrete sinks, we make sure that customers know how to prevent water damage over time. Installing a bubble aerator in their faucet or a splash shield on the bottom of the sink will minimize water abrading the concrete, which could eventually expose the stone, sand, and cement mix. This kitchen remodel turned out just as the homeowners had hoped. The custom countertops are definitely a conversation piece and a showstopper when they entertain guests.