Lake Austin Residence Modern Kitchen, Austin
Lake House kitchen, concrete floors, lacquered cabinets, steel and glass stair, exposed steel framing, Hanstone countertop
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ConcreteConcrete flooring has come a long way from the days when it was relegated to basements or hidden under carpeting. Its star has risen in the design world because of its edginess and industrial-chic look. No longer does a concrete floor mean a dull swath of gray; today, it can be stained, stamped, scored or acid etched for visual panache.Pros: Concrete stays cool even in the hottest weather, so it’s ideal for warm climates. It’s virtually indestructible, no matter what you spill on it or drag across it. And if you get tired of the look, you’ll have a ready-made subfloor for carpeting, tile or another surface.Cons: Concrete is difficult to work with, so you’ll almost certainly need professional installation. As with tile and stone, concrete can be unforgiving on feet. It’s porous, so sealing is a must to ward off stains — especially in a high-traffic area such as a kitchen. And some folks find it just plain cold.Cost: Having a basic concrete floor poured from scratch can cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on the size of the space and other variables. Concrete finishing treatments, such as staining, stamping or etching, range from about $2 per square foot to $15 or more per square foot.