Triple Concrete Sink – Kitchen & Bath Showroom

Triple Concrete Sink

Triple Concrete Sink

We recently completed a concrete countertop and integral concrete sink project for BKC of Westfield in Westfield, NJ.   One of the challenges for this project was that because this display was for a real working kitchen to be used for events and cooking demonstrations, the Board of Health required there to be 3 separate sinks.  Rather than doing undermount sinks, BKC decided that concrete would be a great solution to fit 3 sinks into the space and serve as an interesting design element for their newly renovated showroom.

The fabrication:

One of the luxuries of working with concrete is that this medium enables you to customize every aspect of the project.  We fabricated 3 of the same sized sink molds to be applied to the concrete form.  Because of the spacing between each sink was so close, the concrete form work for this project was very difficult.  The standard form building and casting process had to be completely changed in order to accommodate this triple sink application.  The countertop length was 96″ and was 3″ thick.  The spacing between each sink was 1.5″ leaving very little room to work between the sinks.   Due to the size of this project we chose to cast this with GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) for its ability to be thin and very strong.

Installation:

The concrete casting was only one part of this challenge.  When it came time to for the installation we had to devise a precise plan and develop special installation tools to aid us in getting this piece into place.  The concrete countertop was to be installed between three walls and needed some TLC along with special handling know-how.  Although we have installed countless counters and sinks between 3 walls we had yet to deal with a piece of this size with 3 sinks attached to it.  When handling pieces like this, having the weight of the sink on one side forces the piece flip to that side and becomes very difficult to maneuver and handle.  After wheeling the countertop into the location, we set up a pre-fabricated roller-table in front of the cabinets bases.  We than lifted the countertop and rested down on the sink bottoms which allowed us to roll the countertop most of the way into place.  When it came time to transfer the countertop from the roller table into the cabinet base, 3 of us positioned ourselves inside 3 separate cabinet bases while two guys pushed the countertop toward the base cabinets.  As it was pushed toward the base, we all lifted it up and transferred it to our hands and bench-pressed the countertop down into place.  After the countertop was set and glued into place, we templated for the concrete wall panels and floating shelf.   These items were installed at a later date.

Concrete Color:  Gansevoort Grey (named after the hotel in which this color was created for & is now called Smoke (has a nicer ring to it!))

Concrete Finish:  Signature

Concrete Thickness: 3”

Concrete Sink Style: Custom 21” x 15.5” x 10”

Triple Concrete Sink

Triple Concrete Sink

Triple Concrete Sink

Triple Concrete Sink

Come and see us this Saturday 4/28/2012 from 10 Am – 2 PM at BKC of Westfield’s Kitchen Design Event in their newly renovated showroom at 401 Cumberland Street in Westfield, NJ.  Here you can discover what’s new in the world of flooring, countertops, appliances, tile, and cabinetry from stock to custom.  You can also meet designers, suppliers such as us, as well as watch, learn and taste the foods of Chef Carol Heffernan of Party Flavors while discussing kitchen functionality.  It should be a great event!

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