For the past 20 years, Mike Meredith has focused on artificial rock and waterfall work. Rockwork still accounts for 90% of his business, but he is installing more outdoor kitchens, countertops, and barbecues.
For his demo, Meredith wanted to be more creative with concrete than his company contracts normally allow. His outdoor kitchen and built-in barbecue included a precast countertop and counter walls with handcarved rockwork. He built the structure for the counter area by laying up concrete masonry blocks, followed by a scratch coat application of mortar to provide 3-D shape in the rockwork. He then hand-carved masonry unit rocks using an overlay cement mix. His precast countertop featured a chain and skull design formliner edge, which he designed and molded himself. He colored the finished work with water-based and acid stains and used an acrylic lacquer as a sealer.