Examples of concrete countertop used in a kitchen. Photos from a kitchen remodeled by Bauer Industrial Coatings along with a concrete counter top that they poured onsite.

Did you know that you can use concrete as your kitchen, bathroom, bar, or even store counter?

Here are some of the pros and cons to using this material on your counter…


– Concrete can be poured onsite and formed to any shape you need, unlike granite, stone, or quartz countertops. You can create dramatic curves and shapes, or follow your countertop material down the side of your cabinet for an ultra-modern look.

– Since it’s poured to fit, you don’t have to see any seams, unlike granite and quartz that only come in certain lengths and widths.

– It is stain resistant if sealed properly.

– There are many color options since you can stain it onsite.

– There are endless edging options; granted your installer has the right tools!

– You can get it in a glossy or matte finish to suit your style and needs.


 – Extreme heat can damage or discolor the sealer so be sure to use hotpads and trivets when applicable.
– The appearance can patina overtime, which can either be a pro or a con depending on your taste. It will eventually show wear.
It is important to get a skilled professional to get the job done right.  Bauer Industrial Coatings is a great source for custom concrete countertops; as they have lots of experience and expertise.
The next time you’re in the market for new countertops, consider concrete as an alternative!   

local product: Cambria

July 28, 2010

Plain and simple: Here at hauthaus, we love Cambria!

There are many reasons to love the local, green product…

  • It’s maintenance free! Unlike granite, you never have to seal or polish it. Just a wash with warm water will do the trick!
  • It’s all natural, baby! Cambria is made from an extremely hard material; pure and natural quartz.  Did you know that quartz is the hardest non-precious stone found on earth? Well, now you know!
  • It’s food safe. Cambria has been certified as an excellent surface for food prep. Since it’s nonporous, liquids and chemicals cannot penetrate it.  It is also resistant against bacterial growth.
  • It’s local! Cambria is made right here in Minnesota; Le Suer to be exact. The next time you’re travelling down 169, be sure to check out the large facility and it’s large water fountain!

Here are some examples of hauthaus projects in which Cambria was used…

In this kitchen remodel in Minneapolis, we reused the granite from the existing kitchen on the new perimeter cabinets.  For the island, we used Cambria in the color: Sussex. It is such a nice, neutral grey, and it coordinated perfectly with the existing granite.

Inspired by Cass Gilbert and the rathskellar in the MN State Capital Building, we designed this lower level entertainment space in St. Paul. The bar called for a durable material and Cambria came to mind. We used the color Oak Hampton in this application. That color is a very deep brown that is almost black; which worked perfect in our space.

In this front porch on Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis, we used the brand new Cambria color: Waverton. We were very excited to see this new Cambria, as it has veining and looks like marble. We used an antique table found at Spinario Design for the base of the cocktail table and Cambria as the top. It adds a fresh pop of white to the front porch.

Cambria comes in many colors and looks. For more information, you can check out their website at www.cambriausa.com, or stop in their showroom at IMS.

cheers, amber