For the last week of April we're continuing our family month focus by taking you on an exclusive tour of a unique Johannesburg family home. This home is the perfect example of how ideal Cemcrete finishes are for the South African lifestyle. Enjoy the exclusive look into this spectacular Cemcrete finished home.
On the 18th April 1973, 44 years ago, Grahame Desmond Bendall officially opened Cemcrete’s doors in Johannesburg, South Africa. His story may sound a bit cliched, but it is true non-the-less…
It's no secret that concrete is the new black, but the main question on everyone's mind is "Will it suit my homes style and needs?". Let's face it - decor trends come and go so when you come across a styling element that can conform to your changing style needs and desires, you know it's a keeper!
Today we show you just how easy it is to incorporate your favourite Cemcrete finish into your own unique style that will not only look good but stand the test of time. Sound like a winner? Then keep scrolling
CemWash was one of the first products created by Cemcrete in 1973 and since its inception has shown its durability and reliability on various projects across Africa, from homes to schools, lodges and casinos, and even low cost housing. Today we discuss some of the technical aspects regarding this ‘old faithful’ and show you how to make use of it for your various projects.
The fourth and final trend of our 2017 Design Trends is Edenesque. Edenesque is an exploration of the combining of outside and internal spaces. Plants form the basis of this theme, whereby interior spaces are reimagined with large atriums or “living walls”. We have recently seen a host of stylised jungle themes and leaf prints emerging on fabrics and images. The Edenesque trend is part influenced by the Pantone colour of the year 2017 - Greenery.
This weeks 2017 design trend is Earth Child and we take you on a tour of none other than the Waterberg Observatory in Leobo Lodge. This award winning private reserve is located in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains and is definintely a place to put on your bucket list. But what makes Waterberg Observatory so special you ask? Simply take a few minutes and scroll through the images below.
The Waterberg Observatory is one of the few sole-use lodges in South Africa and boast a beautiful 20,000 acres of blissful bushveld without any restrictions - meaning you have full use of the lodge and its facilities all to yourself (and whoever is privileged enough to join you).
We're continuing our top 4 design trends for 2017 with the second trend - Debonair. According to Dave Nemeth, trend forecaster, the direction of this theme is one of simplicity that is masculine in nature, devoid of unnecessary ornamentation and relies on carefully placed detailing that is precise, but not ostentatious. We've seen the Debonair style used in many local South African coffee shops, restaurants and fast food outlets - all featuring Cemcrete finishes to bring forth the refined industrial look.
With a new year comes new trends and we are so excited to show you our top 4 design trends for 2017. Over the next 4 weeks we'll be showing you the top trends to intrigue. Our first trend is Easy Living - a gentle and relaxed look using mostly white on white finishes with accents of wood and other raw materials such as concrete flooring. For this post we take you on a tour of a South African Easy Living home featuring Cemcrete finishes throughout.
PPC Botswana’s Building Dreams competition has come to an end and the 4 million Pula house was won by a lucky Kgakgamatso Nthebolang, a young woman from central Botswana. The architectural design brief from PPC was to create a fully integrated contemporary family space that showcases the versatility of cement and concrete. Cemcrete's cement-based finishes were the ideal finishing solution to provide a cement and concrete based unique house. We take you on an exclusive tour of the house, a first in the Botswana market.
Today we take you on a tour of an elegant apartment situated in a prominent block of flats on Beach Road in the vibrant suburb, Sea Point, Cape Town. The traditional 1960's apartment recently underwent a makeover that resulted in the perfect sophisticated mix between old and new. Each and every detail has been thought out, drawing inspiration from the location, lighting, textures and the client's needs. We chat to Alexandra Singer, architectural student and up and coming interior designer, about the renovation and why she chose Cemcrete finishes as part of the material palette.
Pool season is upon us, time to sip cocktails around the pool, invite your friends over for a casual braai or just spend quality time with the family. Regardless of how you choose to spend time around your pool, we at Cemcrete don’t just consider pools to be a method of cooling down on a hot South African summer day – we consider pools a work of art.
Situated in the picturesque old world charm of Kalk Bay’s working harbour in Cape Town, South Africa, Live Bait Restaurant is not only on the breakwater, but one of it’s walls actually is the breakwater of Kalk Bay Harbour. When it comes to dining at sea level, you simply can’t get closer to the action than this, and with a recent renovation, its interiors now rival its spectacular location for prominence. We take you on a tour of the newly renovated Live Bait featuring Cemcrete Colour Hardener flooring and built-in seating.
This is the most common question asked when it comes to decorative cement finishes – will it crack? And the simple answer is yes - hairline cracking is normal. But there is a much more complex process behind why they crack, and understanding these factors and taking certain measures in the planning and execution phases that can reduce the amount of cracking significantly.
Cemcrete is excited to add six NEW coffee inspired Colour Hardener colours to the range. Six toasty NEW colours that will warm up any interior or exterior space. We all get a great start to our day with that first sip of java and now Cemcrete brings the warmth of your favourite morning beverage into your space. Pick your favourite or use contrasting coffee inspired tones to add warmth and a boost to your space, just like your morning cuppa does for you!
Today we take you on a tour of a newly opened Boutique Hotel in Mauritius. Seapoint Boutique Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel that sits on the northern tip of Mauritius (Pointe aux Canonniers) at one of the most peaceful and beautiful beaches on the island. It is the only luxurious boutique hotel on the island ensuring the exclusivity and privacy of its guests. Enjoy the tour of this exclusive hotel...
Today we take you on a tour through a beautifully renovated Johannesburg home as seen on the cover of the House & Leisure Renovations Issue for 2015. The family home renovation by Gass Architecture Studios all together created a home with light screed flooring, lightweight mono-pitch roof and a glass facade, allowing for uncapped natural light and direct interaction between inside and out. Enjoy the tour.
SOS Children is a global authority on nurturing and supporting families, they provide direct care for orphaned and abandoned children and work with local communities to keep fragmenting families together. Urko Sánchez Architects were approached by SOS Children to design a residential compound to run their family-strengthening programmes and we show you the 2 600m² village completed in 2014.
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