RE: Kitchen flooring
From: Elana Kann (
Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2005 05:04:11 -0800 (PST)
Zeke, you won't find a more durable, power washable, easy-to-clean floor
than your concrete slab, if it's left with a smooth polished surface and if
it's stained or dyed. There are many products available to give the concrete
some color and even a marble-like pattern--beautiful! At Westwood we have
concrete floors everywhere, both ground slab and thin-slab on upper levels
because we embedded radiant floor heat in the concrete. We used a stain in
our common house and it has worn well. One of our members dyed his home's
slab floor rather than installing a topping. The dye colors the cement in
the concrete and it really does look like marble. It has a smooth wax finish
on top of it for easy cleaning.
--Elana Kann, Westwood Cohousing Community in Asheville, NC

-----Original Message-----
From: Zeke Holland [mailto:zholland [at]] 
Sent: Sunday, March 06, 2005 10:52 PM
To: cohousing-l [at]
Subject: [C-L]_ Kitchen flooring

Here at Two Echo Cohousing we're getting close to completing our common
house.  We're looking for input about kitchen flooring.  We thought we would
do an epoxy floor (permanent, power washable, with easy-to-clean coves at
the walls) over our concrete slab, but this turns out to be too expensive.
So now we're considering everything from vinyl tiles to epoxy-alternatives
that come with a lower price tag.  What have you done in your community, and
how do you like it?
Thanks all,
Zeke Holland

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