Concrete is becoming a “household” word in the design circles. Just ask John Farley of Threshold Design: artisan, fabricator and installer of custom concrete counter-tops in Ottawa and the Valley. His concrete counter-top designs have become the catalyst of many a kitchen makeover and added the “WOW Factor” to all kinds of bathroom renovations. And no surprise in the frosty Ottawa region, concrete fireplace surrounds are a hot seller!
Once relegated to buildings and highways, concrete has become a widely (and wildly!) accepted medium in the world of interior design. And although it’s been more than a decade in Ottawa since concrete counter-tops first became a fashionable fixture in shops, restaurants and homes – new designs have made them more desirable than ever! With concrete, and a little imagination, almost any shape of counter can be formed. The spectrum of colours available for a concrete counter in John’s Pakenham Studio is virtually endless too. Using colour pigments combined with white portland cement and various aggregates such as recycled glass and stone, many special effects can be achieved. The result: a custom concrete counter that tops Ottawa’s A-list of inspired home elements. Today’s consumers are also searching for environmentally-friendly materials for their homes and businesses. Look no further than Threshold Design in Ottawa for eco-friendly concrete counter-tops and more concrete ideas that will make your space more beautiful… and make you feel good about your choice!
Intrigued? Take a closer look at John’s “works of art”.
To start the process you can either call or e-mail to get a quote. It is best to have a drawing, pictures or dimensions of what you are thinking about. After you have a quote it is always best to meet at the shop to look over an abundance of samples that are available. This will give you a better idea of what ‘can’ be done with concrete. Most people assume that gray is the only color it comes in, but color choice is endless. Also custom techniques, design, finish and application can make your concrete a one of a kind piece.
After you have picked your color and finish, and your counters or the area where the concrete is going is ready, we have a home visit at your place and make a template of the area so that we achieve the best fit possible. From there it is back to the shop to form, pour and process your pieces. This may take between two to three weeks depending on the size of your project and what other projects are on the go at the time. Don’t wait till the last minute to contact us as work books up fast.
Once your project is complete, we will install your new concrete. All we ask is a clear path between the front door and its final destination. Once in place, a little caulking and the job is done!
John Farley (literally) got his feet wet in concrete in the Buddy Rhodes Training System in Canada. He went on to develop his own mix in Ottawa for concrete kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities and more, after attending the Concrete Countertop Institute in North Carolina. His Ottawa eco-friendly, concrete countertop workshop is further testament to John’s vision and values.