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A overflowing beer sitting on a polished concrete benchtop, pictured from above

Caring for Polished Concrete

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Tips on how to keep concrete looking its best

  • Our concrete is stain resistant to all the typical items like lemon juice, vinegar, turmeric, beetroot, mustard, ketchup, red wine or coffee. A soft damp cloth and a mild cleaner is what we recommend to clean your benchtop or sink. (We use Earth Choice Multipurpose Spray, which is available in any supermarket.)
  • Products that have a corrosive quality like oven cleaner, bleach, acetone, paint stripper should not come in contact with the concrete. If they do rinse the concrete straight away with water and clean as usual.
  • If you have a benchtop in your kitchen, we do not recommend placing hot pots or pans on your polished concrete. Use a pot stand or trivet to protect the surface to avoid thermal-shock to your concrete.
  • Keep away abrasives and knives from your concrete. Use a non-abrasive cleaner and cutting boards.
  • That being said, don’t be afraid to clean your concrete, it is sealed and a little bit of rubbing and scrubbing will be OK.

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Modern renovated Perth cottage kitchen with bright coloured tiles and concrete benctop

The Stuart at Open House Perth 2017

By | Bathrooms, Concrete Benchtops, In the Media, Kitchens | No Comments

We were really delighted to be part, in a small way, of an event that promotes the amazing design work that’s going on in WA. Open House Perth was a massive success and we hope that you got to nosey in and around some of Perth’s coolest buildings.

A couple of years ago we partnered with the folks at Dalecki Design and got to create some wonderful concrete for their 1940’s workers cottage renovation.

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Concrete Award Statue

Excellent Awards

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We were thrilled to collaborate with Woods Bagot on the realisation of these concrete ombré pieces for the National Association of Women in Construction Awards. It’s always great to receive enquiries for the something out of the ordinary, so when the phone rang on this one we said yes right away. The NAWIC is a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to promote and improve the construction industry through the advancement of women.

The awards are now gracing the winners desks, mantlepieces and bathrooms throughout the state. Congratulations to all!

The process was pretty fiddly but we’re loving the result. The concrete was mixed up in batches of different shades, then carefully poured in batches to create the layered effect. Then we put a wash of venetian plaster on to finish them off.

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Modern bathroom with concrete vanity and sink and large mirror

Is concrete right for you?

By | Concrete Benchtops, Furniture | No Comments

In the workshop it’s always a pleasure demoulding a piece: whether it’s a concrete sink or benchtop or architectural piece. We take great care formulating our mixes however the chemistry of concrete means every time something new and interesting appears. We’re always in awe of how each piece is unique with subtle variations in pattern and little imperfections that make concrete so beautiful. If you’re looking for flawless you may have to keep looking but if you’re looking for something special that’s also practical and durable concrete is definitely for you. 

Craftsman standing behind a concrete sink on hairpin legs
Concrete is the perfect complement to industrial-themed interiors however we get asked a lot if concrete will work with other styles. Will it look good in my 1940’s cottage or in a small bathroom in a new apartment development? Will it work with different materials and finishes… jarrah, bright colours, moroccan tiles, brass, brushed steel? Read More

Cantilever concrete reception desk with a computer on top and some plants

Brookfield Multiplex Concrete Cantilever Counter Installation

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This was a really exciting project for us. We love doing commercial concrete work as we often get to do really challenging designs and this one for Woods Bagot was epic. The installation took two days (and some of the night), it was well worth it. There’s lots of photos in this post that show the progress of the piece from workshop to the site in Perth CBD.

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