Archive for the Green Building category

January 3rd, 2010

Victorian Village Gem ReVisited

   

I recently had a chance to revisit the Wine Bottle Project in Columbus, OH, and want to share the “after” photos here on the web. The remaining details of their kitchen renovation were completed with stunning results. Glass tile completes the backsplash. Beautiful art glass pendant lights top off the window openings. Very cool place. Thanks P & J!

January 3rd, 2010

Homestead Makeover Begins

       

 We at counterevolution are thrilled to be working with Dan Harrison and the staff at Harrison Construction in Marietta, Ohio on the restoration of an historical estate in Parkersburg, West Virginia. These two vanity tops were recently installed in the Caretaker’s home on the property. They both feature a semi-flush mount oval vessel sink with an acid stained finish. The tops are permanently sealed for stain-proof performance and extremely low maintenance.  Kitchen countertops are in the works for the Caretaker’s house as well as the historic farmhouse on the property. Harrison Construction is a full service contractor dedicated to sustainable materials and practices. Their building products showroom called The Material Difference was recently outfitted with solar panels on the roof that provide 80% of Harrison’s electrical requirements for the showroom, offices, and shop space.

August 24th, 2009

What Goes Great With Patio Pavers and Cocktails?

     

This fabulous table fabricated for Rob and Bev in Englewood, Ohio that’s what.  After shopping all over town and online for a low table that would fit into their landscape these homeowners chose concrete and counterevolution. The finished Max Agg 42″ table top sits on a concrete tube base cast in an unpolished version of the same concrete. “You knocked this one out of the park” said Rob. “It’s perfect” Bev added, “and it didn’t come from WalMart.”

June 28th, 2009

Recycled Glass Countertops

    

Let CounterEvolution help you keep the “Green” in recycled glass countertops. Buy Local! National brand recycled glass countertops only offer a few glass blends, have to be shipped long distances,  and dealers are hard to find. These blends were developed for a home restoration project in Victorian Village in Columbus, Ohio.  “The clients collected and crushed all of the wine bottle glass for this one.” reports Jeff Robinson, owner of CounterEvolution. “They’ve got a real sense of ownership in this project already.”  Click the Sample images and watch for the project photos soon.

April 5th, 2009

CounterEvolution Featured on GreatTV Auction

       

counterevolution is proud to support ThinkTV Channel 16/14 and their fund raising GreatTV Auction 2009. We are donating a gift certificate valued at $500 toward any of custom precast concrete products.  The auction airs April 20th through the 25th, however online bidding has already begun.  You can track the current bid on our Item #364 on the “Tonight Board” at //www.thinktv.org/community/comm_com_auc_tonight2.html.    

More information is at http://www.thinktv.org/community/comm_com_auction.html

April 5th, 2009

Big Sink With Big Style

    

Paul and Kristen have been in their dream home for many years now, but they weren’t dreamy about the black laminate countertops in their otherwise beautiful kitchen. Kristen has imparted her fabulous artistic touches throughout the home’s open interior, but the plastic sink the builder installed could not look less inspired. It had to get kicked to the curb. They chose to integrate a large zero-radius sink into the island top. The counters are two inches thick with a square edge detail, and a cantilevered overhang for counter stools. The concrete is a gray-green color developed for them that we call sharkskin. The results are stunning.

“Our counters look like a piece of art. They are the best feature in our kitchen.” -P. Schlosser, Maineville, OH

March 1st, 2009

Oakwood Charm Works Well With Concrete

   

This 1920’s Oakwood, Ohio home had plenty of original charm but the kitchen was stuck in the ’80’s. A previous remodel had cramped the working area to allow the inclusion of a breakfast table. In this total remodel by counterevolution we opened up the layout by moving the peninsula, adding a breakfast bar counter to replace the table, and relocating the frige next to the pantry. The cabinetry is Kraftmaid Putnam in maple from Modern Builder Supply. The countertops are 1-1/2″ thick concrete with our permanent reactive sealer system.  The last photo shows the fridge location before the recent remodel.

November 24th, 2008

Farmhouse Revisited: Zero-Radius Vanity Top

    

Clean lines inside and out on this vanity top. It is 2″ thick, with a 6″ deep zero-radius sink. This 49″ model can transcend design styles. “Here it’s installed in a 120 year old farmhouse,” says Jeff Robinson of counterevolution, but this piece would work great in a contemporary, or Asian inspired design, too.” This model, and other concrete sinks can be seen in the showroom at our new concrete studio in Moraine, Ohio.

August 3rd, 2008

Log home’s owners choose concrete

     

 A Xenia township couple have been building their dream home, a log home in the country. They have completed much of the construction on their own, just in time for their first child’s arrival. Some of their more challenging work has come here at the end of the project:  Finding the right materials to complete the interior decor without distracting from the primative appeal of the homes architecture. They wanted to to use a  concrete vanity top. Here at counterevolution we matched the color of our premium concrete mix to the dark gray grout used in the slate-tiled shower in their master suite. The bird’s-eye maple vanity base was beautifully crafted by the new baby’s Grandfather. Here at counterevolution we’re proud to be a part of this family project.

April 9th, 2008

Concrete sink with an American primitive style.

            old-dominion-farm-lav              side view ODL

Thoughts of designing with concrete often bring to mind images of a slick modern, or contemporary industrial style. The Old Dominion Farm lav sink will open a few minds to using concrete sinks in historic homes.

A local antiques dealer recently comissioned a wall mounted concrete sink for a bathroom remodel at her 1859 Lebanon, Ohio farmhouse. She wanted the style to be minimal, and the construction details to reflect the uncomplicated rural craftsmanship of the mid-1800’s.

The overall size is 20″ x 13″ x 71/2″ with a 6″ deep basin.  The zero-radius interior has a tapered bottom, and a flush, center-mounted drain strainer. The sink was cast with a high-performance concrete mix designed to capture some bubbles in the outside walls of the sink. The interior was finished for easy cleaning, and sealed with a satin finish, low maintanence, reactive sealer. The result was a very happy customer with a wall mounted vessel that appears to have been carefully crafted, a hundred and fifty years ago. 

This model included a steel mounting bracket that was hidden behind the drywall. This sink design will adapt easily for use on an open wood stand, as a countertop mounted vessel, or it can be integrated into a concrete vanity top.