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River Rock Seating for Patio?

bathroom2012December 21, 2012
Reposting - I think I put this in the wrong place because I did not get any hits so I am reposting here.

In my Patio Design I have a curved concrete bench in one corner, and I would like for it to be made like this River Rock seat I seen. Does anyone know how a seat like this would be made? I can not really tell if it has River Rock tile laid on top of the concrete or if it is totally made out of River Rock. I have yet to talk to a concrete contractor, but because I really like this look, I was thinking of incorporating River Rock into my design as an accent.

Any Thoughts?

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Just be aware that this will not be a particularly comfortable seat. By nature the river rock is irregularly shaped so the bench surface will be highly textured. It's fine for standing on in our steam shower but as for seating....OUCH!
    Bookmark   December 21, 2012 at 7:59AM
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Aesthetic Tile Imaging
There are many 'mosaic' companies that offer the rock look as tiles in sheets that line up together. You could use that directly over a concrete base.
Before you commit totally, please consider what you may want to do using custom art fired on tile. For creative ideas see my Houzz page
    Bookmark   December 21, 2012 at 8:01AM
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Thanks for your comments: Michigammemom - it was actually comfortable because it was laid evenly and flat, so when you sat on it it felt like a smooth concrete seat. Aesthetic Tile - I will take a look at your website do you have any contemporary styles?
    Bookmark   December 21, 2012 at 8:09AM
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Aesthetic Tile Imaging
My work is entirely custom, so the style is all determined by the art selection and the tile sizes and shapes. I can reproduce just about any art - whether it's a painting, photograph, archival documents or maps, drawings, something abstract, whatever. A high resolution digital image will produce the best final image quality. Using your own art or that purchased without restrictions avoids licensing / copyright issues. With the right tile shapes (i.e. vertical strips) will allow you to conform to a curved shape such as the front and back of the seating area. The art tile doesn't need to cover all the area; in fact it might look best if a complimentary material (i.e. stone) is used with it. For all outdoor installations I would use porcelain tile since it is frost resistant. The finished tiles are completely weatherproof and will never fade.
    Bookmark   December 21, 2012 at 8:33AM
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