Concrete’s inside knowledge gives feature wall the X Factor

Concrete’s inside knowledge gives feature wall the X Factor
July 28, 2014

After years of fulfilling everyone else’s design dreams, Jason Torbet knew exactly what he wanted in his home’s feature wall.

Jason, a specialist in concrete finishing and polishing, has been creating beautiful concrete and masonry finishes for his customers for many years. A director of Polished Concrete Ltd, he was able to use his skills on his own home – working his magic with Firth’s Architectural Masonry 20 series, and an aggregate polished concrete floor. Jason asked his block layer, Andy Sale from Sale Masonry Ltd, to stack bond the block to create a modern look.

“We wanted to create a feature wall in the lounge using a black block so we choose Firth’s 20 series half height block in Black Onyx with Dricon’s Black Onyx grout to match,” he says.

“Once the wall was laid we ground it insitu, polished it to a 200# finish, then thoroughly vacuumed and mopped it several times with a micro fibre mop before a we applied a specialist penetrating sealer. It doesn’t have any enhancing properties other than to seal the block.”

To complete the look Jason chose a 25mpa 19mm structural concrete mix for the lounge floor with all sided mirror ‘broadcast’ throughout, that was also polished and sealed.

“We love the finish of our lounge wall as it ties in really well with the Diamond Polished Concrete floor,” says Jason. “Many of our friends and family have shown great interest in it as a feature wall with a difference. We agree the black blocks are the ‘X’ factor. We have done many walls for our clients over the years but this one has to be my favourite.”

Firth also supplied concrete for the driveway that was 25mpa 19mm standard structural mix and included a half-shot of black oxide from Firth’s Atmospheric range.

Jason says that to achieve amazing results, getting the correct advice before pouring floors or laying blocks is essential.  For more information or ideas on how to achieve the look you’re after click here for Polished Concrete Ltd’s website or phone 0800 4 POLISH (0800 4765474).

For more information on Firth’s range of Architectural Masonry and Designer Concrete click here or contact them at info@firth.co.nz 
or 0800 800 576.

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