Hermann Loft RenovationIndustrial Bathroom, Houston
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ConcreteNo longer exclusively an industrial material, concrete has miraculous shape-shifting abilities that allow an endless array of looks. Most concrete countertops are manufactured offsite for maximum quality control.Pros:It’s an appealing organic material that can mimic the look of natural stone.Vast range of customized colors, textures and decorative inlays.Can be cast in the exact shape, dimensions and edge style desired.Extremely durable.Reasonably ecofriendly, especially when recycled content is added.Cons:Professional design and installation are recommended.Because concrete is naturally porous, countertops need to be waxed and sealed regularly.Visible seam lines, although their appearance can be minimized with a colored filler.Price range: $65 to $135 per square foot, not including installation
Raw materials in general. Simply put, industrial style takes cues from buildings of industry. Think more along the lines of old manufacturing — factories, warehouses etc. — rather than corporate offices. These buildings weren’t built with aesthetics in mind, but rather efficiency and budget. Basic materials like concrete, brick, steel and wood form the bulk of them, and they weren’t done to perfection. “Masonry materials, sloppy mortar work, and quick and dirty bricks that are all uneven — it wasn’t deliberate. They were just going fast and being cheap,” says Jesse Hager, an architect at Content Architecture who designed the bathroom shown here, which is in a Houston building built in 1917 and converted to lofts in 1997.