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Example of a trendy kitchen design in San Francisco with stainless steel appliances, concrete countertops, flat-panel cabinets, light wood cabinets and gray backsplash

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The new kitchen bar counter sits where a wall was originally. Two species of wood were used in the cabinets, walnut and alder. The lighter colored cabinets at the back wall are in alder with Zodiaq countertops and the backsplash utilizes colored sandblasted glass tiles. Photo Credit: John Sutton Photography

Example of a trendy kitchen design in San Francisco with stainless steel appliances, concrete countertops, flat-panel cabinets, light wood cabinets and gray backsplash —  Houzz

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Nikki Bennett wrote:January 1, 2013
love the bar height countertops, what are they?

veronicabear wrote:February 18, 2013
  • brentbarnes
    Was the counter poured in place?
  • PRO
    ODS Architecture
    No, the concrete counter was made in a shop and transported to the house.
aliciac wrote:March 12, 2013
How thick are the concrete countertops?

- Thank you

  • PRO
    ODS Architecture
    To VC Studio: Correct, at the time we did the concrete counters in question we probably had around five colors to choose from. On our East Bay Hills residence we gave the concrete subcontractor a Benjamin Moore paint color chip and they matched it. In our Navajo office project on our website: http://www.ohashidesign.com/projects-arch-navajo01.html - I think an acid-based stain was used on an existing concrete slab. In a quick search can see only around eight colors available for this process. Recall when we were picking floor stain colors at the time the selection for this process was very limited, which still appears to be the case.
  • PRO
    VC Studio Inc.
    Ohashi Design Studio,

    First off, very nice work!

    There are many ways to color concrete. Integral colors can be powder or liquid. There are reactive acid stains as well as water and solvent based dyes and stains.

    Acid stains will only give you the limited palette of around six to eight basic colors. Since this is a chemical reaction it does limit the color choice. The liquid acid stain is not the color that it will produce once applied and allowed to react. Amber or Sumatra will look like blue/green water. You can mix the different colors together but it is still a limited palette.

    One of my favorite companies for concrete micro toppings, stains, and sealers is Color Maker www.colormakerfloors.com. They are in Vancouver BC. Associated with them is Duraamen www.duraamen.com. They are in New Jersey. They cary Color Maker products as well as their own lines.

    You will find DESO Dye in twenty different colors. It can be mixed with water, acetone, or a blend of both. These work great in conjunction with acid stains, other stains and dyes, or by themselves. They work great with resist methods of application as well. Dyes are not as UV stable so they are rated for indoor use.
    You will find Aquacolor in nineteen different colors. This can be used topically as a stain or as an integral color in their micro toppings. Water based, zero VOC, UV resistant (interior or exterior use). Also great with resist methods and layered applications.
    You will find Pellucid Dye on the Duraamen site in twenty different colors. This dye is UV stable so it can be used outdoors as well. It is sold as a concentrate and diluted with acetone. It is VOC compliant when diluted as recommended. Deep and vibrant colors can be created with this dye but it has less mottling than the other two products. This will color the concrete nicely but does not look like an acid stain. Aqua and DESO are closer in look to acid.

    They also carry acid stains in the seven basic colors you'd expect.

    If you are working with a grey slab you have many options. If you work with a micro topping you expand those options. Micro toppings often come in a white base and can be integrally colored before you even get to the thought of staining. So many options.

    I hope that helps.

    Regards,
    Vincent Cathcart
    VC Studio Inc.
    vince@vcstudioinc.com
kim_howard wrote:September 18, 2013
  • PRO
    Paula Gold-Nocella

    what is the name of these pendant lights? Any help would be appreciated

  • PRO
    ODS Architecture

    A duplicate reply to the one earlier, it appears these lights by Estiluz have been discontinued unfortunately. Sorry!

sahitivarma wrote:June 27, 2014
  • PRO
    ODS Architecture
    The concrete sub-contractor fabricator did the work - the concrete was probably sealed to get the sheen.
Lori Martin Reeves wrote:August 17, 2014
  • PRO
    ODS Architecture
    The stools were an owner purchased item - do not have information on them. I'd look online at Room & Board, Design Within Reach, Crate & Barrel, West Elm, EQ3, CB2. We'll probably get some helpful comments from others??
eclharn wrote:October 18, 2014
corypeach wrote:February 14, 2015
  • PRO
    ODS Architecture

    Thermador, though it may no longer be in production.

Jen Fields wrote:March 21, 2015
cree333 wrote:July 23, 2015
what material are the cabinets? Countertops?

  • PRO
    ODS Architecture

    Cabinets are clear walnut and alder, alder being the lighter color. Countertops are concrete with a black pigment infusion.

boychick2013 wrote:August 4, 2015
what is the island/bar counter top made from?

  • Michael Mandich
    Why is there a seam, can this be done without a seam?
  • PRO
    ODS Architecture

    There is a seam, cannot be seen in the photo.


Ali Grant wrote:October 14, 2016
  • PRO
    ODS Architecture

    No definitive answer to your question, sealing helps but does not seem to be a perfect answer, stains could still occur. If you are very clean and wipe up every stain, there is a good chance it could remain looking good, but we have seen a peanut butter stain become impossible to remove. It was not our project and do not know how long beforehand the counter was sealed or how long the stain was allowed to stay there. Our clients for this project are happy with the result and it has been maybe ten years since the pictured project was completed but would not guarantee that there are not stains on it.

tcolder wrote:December 11, 2016
  • Marty Schiltz

    A lot of people are starting to use glass fiber to reinforce, rather than rebar or steel mesh. Not sure if you could do that with a counter this thick - although I would hope what we are seeing is an overhang and not the true thickness. If you have the space to caste it in the garage, it's not a terribly difficult project to create one yourself and let someone else install. You could probably make this counter for under $400, including the form and tool rentals.

  • PRO
    ODS Architecture

    You can contact Pat McElhenny at (415) 846-9697.

jane smith wrote:December 15, 2016
  • PRO
    ODS Architecture

    Hi there, it is Thermador Canopy Wall Hood, product number HST36BS. It is also a discontinued model.

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