Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

If you want coun­ters with a unique shape, con­crete may be a good choice, since it can be formed into any mould. They’re of­ten cast right in the kitchen, which Des­lau­rier says makes the in­stal­la­tion a more com­pli­cated process. He says this ma­te­rial is not as pop­u­lar as gran­ite or quartz right now. When he does sell it, it’s usu­ally to some­one who knows ex­actly what he wants.

“When we sell con­crete, it’s be­cause some­body walks in and says, ‘I want con­crete,’ and that’s it.”

Heat-and scratch-re­sis­tant, can be colour-tinted, looks ex­otic. Ad­di­tives re­duce poros­ity, custom-formed with a mod­ern ap­peal.

It can crack without proper treat­ment. It can ap­pear cold and in­dus­trial. It is por­ous, but can be sealed.

$80 to $120 a square foot, in­stalled.

— Canwest News Ser­vice

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