For over fifteen years Sculptural Design has been enhancing homes with the type of custom design that demands attention. Located a 237 – 39th Ave NE in Calgary, their newly renovated show room hosts a delightful display of updated product, samples, and finishes to assist you in personalizing your home with features that complement your décor.
Glass fibre reinforced concrete (GFRC) offers an astounding number of applications that have excited and enthralled the custom home market. “We are seeing a lot more white concrete in both interior and exteriors,” shares Tanya Keating of Sculptural Design. “It is a huge trend right now, providing a softer more feminine feel that people don’t naturally associate with concrete. People see it as a viable alternative to marble and limestone.”
Designed and manufactured at their location, Sculptural Design affords those who dare, the opportunity for comprehensive custom applications. “We can produce what you want. Concrete is a malleable product and can be molded into any shape you can conceive,” adds Keating. It’s lightweight, as compared to natural stone, allows for more options in features and requires less engineering. “You don’t need special reinforcements at 8 to 10 pounds per square foot, and the install therefore becomes easier and less labour intensive,” notes Keating. And because it is glass and not steel fibre, it will not rust over time, as traditional concrete will.
With molds produced at their location, there is design freedom and an element of participation not often found. “We offer nine standard colours and six standard finishes and that affords a wide selection of aesthetics that can complement any décor, from modern to traditional,” says Keating, adding that concrete’s early origins in mostly industrial looks have evolved dramatically to enhance any style.
Concrete can change temperature and has a buttery feel, but is also very strong. It can withstand harsh climates and look even more beautiful over time. “We don’t pre-produce product, we build to spec for an exact fit,” admits Keating. “Working with our clients we offer advice and design help. People want custom features and when you give them that original option, it takes everything to a different level.”