This week the Chronicle caught up with Andrew from Crafted Concrete to hear about his bespoke handmade concrete items.
Tell us about your business.
At Crafted Concrete we create bespoke handmade concrete items for the home. I work closely with clients to design and create pieces that are unique for them and locally made in Raglan.
When did you open and why did you decide to start a concrete business?
I started in my garage in 2020; in June 2021 I moved into my current workshop at 12-1 Nau Mai Rd. I have always enjoyed doing something creative. After making a countertop for my own kitchen, I discovered a method of creating a lighter and stronger concrete product. Following some work experience with a company in Auckland and lots of research, I decided that it would be great to be able to offer this product in Raglan and provide an alternative to timber, stainless steel or engineered stone as options for countertops.
What are the concrete services that you provide?
We make countertop vanity sinks, custom made vanities with integral sinks cast in, countertops for kitchen and island surfaces, outdoor BBQ surfaces and table tops and fireplace hearths. Pretty much anything is achievable with concrete so I am open to other projects.
Do you specialise?
I specialise in glass fibre reinforced concrete (GFRC) which enables me to create light and strong pieces, weighing about a third of a traditional concrete countertop. I have the ability to create a fine elegant look or a more substantial, solid look.
How can people get in touch?
I can be reached on 021855019. Please call and we can arrange a visit to the workshop and showroom at 12-1 Nau Mai Rd.
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