Modern and rustic, concrete works well with most architectural styles. In fact, if you want a natural look for your concrete kitchen island, do not look for a polished granite finish, concrete is a great alternative.
Today we want to present our selection of images of kitchen designs with concrete kitchen island, you can not miss them.
If you decide on a kitchen with cement island, know that you should not pour it yourself. The concrete kitchen island have a metal gear inside and are installed after being manufactured. The concrete kitchen island also look great in a concrete finish.
You can change the appearance of the concrete by tinting it or by using porcelain or glass tiles on the edges.
Few remodeling alterations in a home are more coveted than the countertops in a new kitchen. According to a survey by the National Association of Kitchens and Bathrooms, in 2002 about 94 million linear feet of countertops were installed, with 58 million (or 62 percent) in kitchen remodeling. And the amount spent on the countertops ranks second, right under the cabinets.
Since cooking is the center of culinary creativity, more and more homeowners are moving away from the manufactured aspect of laminates to choose materials that are inimitable and timeless, just as with an estimated recipe from the family. Concrete countertops are the latest trend in kitchen interiors. The owners are discovering that this versatile and moldable material can be the artisanal touch on a distinctive surface that expresses their individuality, design preferences and even their cooking style.
The demand for concrete countertops has skyrocketed in the last five years, especially among homeowners willing to participate in the creative process. Residential kitchen and bathroom remodeling represent a big part of the job.
Concrete worktops are not simply pavement slabs placed in cabinets, they are carefully crafted and highly designed surfaces that are processed to achieve a high degree of fit and finish.
Most concrete counters are prefabricated in molds built to customer specifications so they can be formed, cured and finished under controlled conditions.
Concrete countertops often develop their own signature looks using proprietary blend ingredients, casting techniques and surface treatments. Many are artists of commerce and collaborate with the owners, architects and interior designers in ideas that will add to the character and individuality of the final product. As the photos illustrate, the options for customizing concrete countertops are endless.
These are just some of the possibilities, but you can also incorporate all kinds of curves and angles. Modify the surface color with particular requirements to match another design element of your kitchen.
Add brightness with glass aggregates or shavings, or even an integrated fiber optic illumination. Incorporate personal memories, such as pieces of broken plates and fragments of bottles. Sinks, drainage plates, soap dishes and bundles are easily integrated into concrete counters and, in many cases, also molded into concrete.
The environmental benefits of concrete also attract homeowners. Concrete is an ecological alternative to synthetic petroleum products and non-renewable natural materials such as quarry stone. Some manufacturers of concrete countertops incorporate natural and recycled minerals in their creations, such as fly ash (a byproduct of coal production), metal chips, plastic grids, recycled glass and wood chips.
The cost of creativity due to the time and labor required to build a concrete worktop can be high, depending on the degree of work done.
This cantilevered kitchen island is made of concrete. The team behind this kitchen island that defies gravity is BeauConcrete, based in London. They designed the cantilevered kitchen island and then made it using concrete. The island of the kitchen, which they named “the curve”, seems to rise above the concrete floor, which also created them.
When approaching the design of an entire kitchen, it is essential to first consider the overall picture, the context of circulation patterns, or the “flow” of the home, before locating such details as the stove, sink, or refrigerator. The design of an island, and therefore an island countertop, is similar.
Start designing an island with the functional “flow” of tasks in mind and the circulation requirements of people who use the island to prepare and enjoy meals.
The maximum and minimum distances of the island running along the walls (ideally from a minimum of 42 “to a maximum of 50”) determines the shape and probable size of the perimeter of the island.
The next process is to “adjust” the specific customer requirements on the island, such as a stove, a sink, cutting boards, cabinets, etc. Each function that is considered, by necessity, affects the determination of the final shape of the island, and therefore, the worktop.
Here’s what you should consider functionally: Will they dine on the island? How many people can accommodate? Will they sit at the table with chairs? Or at a bar height of a bar? Consider that chairs require more legroom.
The depth and height of the worktop, in turn, will affect the shape and presence of the island. Protrusions may be needed which may require supporting accessories such as buttresses or steel angle brackets. Are there adjacent rooms, such as the living room, that may affect the shape and usefulness of the island?
Is the island a place for food preparation, or simply an area for food presentation? Will it have a furnace (therefore a ventilation hood, or a lowering unit if the stove is modest in size), or a separate preparation sink, or both?
And let’s look now at what you should aesthetically consider: Are some primary curves possible to shape the island or the countertop? Will they fit into the overall aesthetic style of the kitchen as a whole? How can you exploit the “stratification” of the worktops, depending on your food preparation or dining function, to emphasize the last “sculpture” of the design?
How can accessories such as towel bars, soap dishes, drain boards, cutting boards and steel or concrete supports be “value added” components that complement concrete and create a captivating balance of form and function?
Can the number of functions be reduced to simplify the island’s utility so that form and function are balanced to produce an island that commands attention as an aesthetic and practical object?
Remember that, especially with concrete countertops, simplicity is matched with elegance.
A wall that turns into a cantilevered counter without cabinet doors, but with plenty of legroom and open space beneath it, can not only be a practical meeting place, but also an impressive sculptural approach that anchors the heart of the Home with their presence.
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