Concrete is one of the most frequently used building materials in Australia. Although it's most commonly used for structural work, it's fast finding a position as one of the most popular materials for creating design features for both the interior and exterior of the home.
Concrete is an attractive material because, under the skilled hand of a specialist concrete contractor, it can be poured, cast or cut into a virtually unlimited array of shapes. With a huge range of colourants, exposed aggregate options and beautiful finishes available, concrete also gives you the opportunity to get a custom made and highly individual look for your home.
Here are two striking design ideas using concrete that you might like to consider for your home.
1. A concrete dining table
A custom made concrete dining table will make a dramatic and eye catching centrepiece for your home's dining area. They're impressive, strong and virtually indestructible in comparison to other common dining table materials. Make sure that the concrete is properly sealed to prevent staining and water damage from marring the concrete surface.
For an outdoor dining table, you can have the entire table cast in a single solid piece and make it a permanent fixture in your outdoor living space. It's possible to do this for an indoor table as well, but using a concrete table top supported by timber or metal legs will give you the option of moving it as required or when you move house.
2. A concrete free-standing bath tub
Free-standing bath tubs are a design trend that has endured for several years and is showing no signs of going away. They give a bathroom a sense of grandeur and style that just can't be replicated with a traditional tub. Natural stone is top of most homeowners' wish lists but you can get the same stunning look without the hefty price tag by creating one using concrete.
Casting a concrete bath tub gives you complete control over the size, shape, colour and finish on your bath tub. You'll need to enlist the services of an experienced concrete specialist to ensure that the cast is professionally made and the end product is as polished and flawless as you have imagined.
Concrete can help to give your home a contemporary, unique and stylish look that is practical as well as attractive. Contact your local concrete specialist to discuss your ideas and how you can make them a reality for your home. For more information, contact a business such as Liquid Rock Constructions Pty Ltd.