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Video Series: How to Create a Lightweight Concrete Countertop

Concrete artisan Buddy Rhodes demonstrates his unique process for building a light but strong vanity counter with an integral sink

Length: 1:38
Produced By: Colin Russell and Chuck Bickford


Longtime readers of Fine Homebuilding magazine will recognize the name of Buddy Rhodes. For the last twenty years, he's been at the leading edge of concrete design in both residential and commercial applications. Buddy was trained as a potter, but influenced by his builder father, he soon found himself working with concrete, a material that's similar to clay that doesn't need a kiln.  He soon switched from bowls to bricks, planters, tiles, and countertops. Lately, he's been working with a new lightweight concrete mix that doesn't need traditional reinforcement, so the material can be much thinner. We thought it was a good time to go visit Buddy in his San Francisco studio, where he's in the process of making a vanity sink and counter for FHB's very own Project House.

Read the companion article:
A New Approach to Concrete  
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