This project by CounterCrete, Van Wert, Ohio, was completed in March 2009. The concrete countertop was installed in a basement where an entertainment area was already established.
Countercrete was brought onto the project by A & J Woodworking, Delphos, Ohio, a local custom cabinetry business. The countertops are all 2 inches thick and stretch 9 feet long. The mix used for the countertop is CounterCrete's own mix, which exceeds 10,000 psi. The countertops were precast, then installed. After pouring, the countertops sat under blankets in the shop for three days to reduce curling, which could occur because of their sizes.
The countertops were polished in the shop to remove paste, and a Kona Brown water-based stain from Butterfield Color was applied. The variations in color were accomplished using a unique technique developed by CounterCrete called Snake Bite. The top was sealed with a clear epoxy primer (E-3) and a clear urethane top coat (2K) from Richard James Specialty Chemical. No seams were necessary on this project, which keeps the eyes on its smooth finish. It was completed within three weeks of templating. Two workers are credited with the fabrication of the countertops, which took four people to install.