I wrote about Sonoma Forge's beautiful faucets yesterday, but premium faucets are only a small part of the story. Sonoma Forge grew out of an older company, Sonoma Cast Stone. Sonoma Cast Stone has been manufacturing one-of-a-kind sinks, counters, tiles, pavers, bathtubs and more for the last 14 years. Sonoma Cast Stone makes some beautiful things and in looking over their offerings, the aesthetic sensibilities of Sonoma Forge make perfect sense. The two companies make perfectly complimentary products.
Sonoma Cast Stone casts their sinks, tubs, counters, tiles and fireplace surrounds from a sustainable concrete they developed and trademarked as Earthcrete™. Earthcrete™ is a concrete formulation that uses 21% recycled content and 60% less Portland cement than traditional concrete. These reduced percentages make for a stronger and lighter material and it allows Sonoma Cast Stone to make counters and other shapes without steel rebar.
Earthcrete™ is available in three forms: NuCrete™, Classic Concrete and Mold Release.
NuCrete™ is a stainless and impermeable form of concrete. Sonoma Cast Stone developed it themselves to be stain proof and non-reactive yet still look like concrete. NuCrete™ is not just sealed concrete and that's a very good thing. Anyone who's lived with so-called sealed concrete will tell you that sealed concrete is an oxymoron. NuCrete™ is stain proof the whole way through, so there's no finish or top coat to wear down or damage.
Classic Concrete is just what it sounds like, traditional-looking concrete though it's still made from Sonoma Cast Stone's Earthcrete™. Classic Concrete is sealed and waxed in the traditional way and it will develop the same patina regular concrete will. That it's made from Earthcrete™ will make it lighter and stronger than what you'd find using conventional concrete.
Finally, Mold Release Earthcrete™ is an unfinished product that's sold straight from the mold, as the name suggests. Mold Release is most often used for tiles, pavers and fireplace surrounds.
So that's the technical side of these products, in looking over the images I've included in this post I'm completely taken with how they look. Their sinks are beautiful and I lack enough superlatives to gush over the two-tone counter and apron-front sink shown above.
Man, this stuff's beautiful. Look through their website and their company portfolio. Unique to the concrete counter and sink sites I've seen, Sonoma Cast Stone's products can be used in a variety of styles. There are traditional and modern, Eastern and Western kitchens and baths show on their site.
Concrete's an inherently flexible material and it's a pleasure to find a company who really knows how to run with that flexibility. Keep them in mind if you're interested in using concrete in an upcoming project.
All images © Sonoma Cast Stone and used with permission.