Designs, Forms and Finishes for the New Kitchen and Bath
by Fu-Tung Cheng with Eric Olsen
Kitchen and bathroom countertops may never be the same, thanks to Fu-Tung Cheng — master of residential design and construction — and a common material called concrete. Featured in high-end kitchen magazines, concrete has become the material of choice for more and more homeowners, professionals and do-it-yourselfers who see the expressive and functional elements of concrete countertops.
Concrete kitchen and bathroom countertops are an increasingly popular trend, and Concrete Countertops: Design, Forms, and Finishes for the New Kitchen and Bath is the first to explain the process behind these beautiful and functional interior art forms. Fu-Tung guides the builder step-by-step in bringing this exciting medium to life. He provides both the inspiration and the technical reference to turn even a first-time kitchen countertop project into a personal success.
With remarkable attention to detail, Fu-Tung starts by introducing the reader to concrete countertops in the overall context of kitchen design. Subsequently, Fu-Tung takes the reader/builder through a real-life project of building a concrete kitchen countertop. Fu-Tung’s instructions cover every stage of this process from making the concrete countertop mold (or form), mixing and pouring the concrete to curing, polishing, and installing the finished piece. Concrete Countertops also offers valuable troubleshooting advice (from a seasoned professional) and useful tips on maintaining a concrete countertop.
Lavishly illustrated with over 350 color photographs of countertops in the building process as well as completed kitchens, it’s easy to see that the possibilities for creative expression are endless. A nationwide bestseller, Concrete Countertops is sure to inspire the designer — and builder — in us all!
Softcover, 9-1/4 x 10-7/8 in., 208 pp, with color photos and drawings. Published 2002 by Taunton PressISBN 1-56158-484-3, # 070599
From the Back Cover
“Concrete Countertops will give architects and builders the know-how and confidence to draw and/or build what discerning homeowners are requesting in work surfaces these days. This is the tool they’ve been looking for to help bring their clients’ concrete dreams into concrete reality!”
– Sarah Susanka, author of The Not So Big House and Creating the Not So Big House
“Over the past decade, the most requested article from our back issues has been about making concrete countertops. And more than anybody, Fu-Tung Cheng has been the innovator calling the public’s attention to concrete as a material worthy of the finest interior detailing. This is the kind of book that will make you see a common material in a whole new way, and maybe even make you want to roll up your sleeves and play with it.”
– Chuck Miller, Special Issues Editor, Fine Homebuilding
“This book celebrates the beauty of design drawn from nature.. Fu-Tung Cheng demonstrates that we can bring art and creativity back home in sustainable architecture that is both timeless and elegant.”
– Alice Waters, Chez Panisse restaurant