Take Pride Construction and Design LLC recently collaborated with Concrete Zen of Pittsburgh, PA to customize this fireplace area for a client in Squirrel Hill.  The right and left flanking cabinets, in addition to the firebox, were fabricated and set by a custom cabinet maker working on the project. The clients were looking for an old world feel in a modern environment.  Nicole Santella of Take Pride Construction and Concrete Zen took their vision and created sample boards with an erratic texture, but still smooth to the touch, similar to a Venetian plaster finish. The concrete stains used were made from a soy base from Eco Procote – SoyCrete selections, and were purchased at Artemis Environmental in Lawrenceville (Pittsburgh,PA). The hearth was made from 3/4″ GFRC Concrete to sit 3/16″ above the hardwood floor.  The graining pattern on the concrete hearth was also created from SoyCrete stains. Click here to see photos of the project.