Edgy BeautyBy City Weekly Staff
When people think of high-end countertops, granite or quartz likely come to mind. But local company Modern Craftsman wants to change that perception. Founder Tyler Thomas Blaine believes concrete is an elegant alternative to stone. Blaine has even produced his own special blend of concrete, which he has dubbed OrganiCrete. "It's recycled, reclaimed, and it's a stronger, denser concrete," he says.
OrganiCrete uses an ultra-low VOC sealer that is incorporated into the mix rather then applied topically. Where topical sealers tend to peal with regular wear and tear, OrganiCrete's integrated sealer requires less maintenance and actually looks better over time. It's specifically made for features like sinks and countertops.
If you're not so sure whether this look is for you, the company can also create hand-crafted, functional works of art out of wood or metal—and they definitely aren't limited to countertops. Blaine has created bathtubs, fireplaces, staircases, cabinetry, desks and more.
Whatever material you prefer, each product is built to the specifications of each client's needs, company or brand. Modern Craftsman creates features for both residential and commercial projects, interiors and exteriors. Blaine builds from the end result, working backward to ensure the user's intent is kept in the forefront during the entire process. His business eliminates the need for multiple providers by serving as a one-stop shop for all materials and all aspects of manufacturing—from inception to design, fabrication and installation.
"Being able to work with wood, metal and concrete in-house offers tighter constraints on quality control," Blaine says. "Instead of having to find three different people to handle one project, Modern Craftsman has everything under one roof."
While Blaine founded the company on his own, he has since expanded and now has four employees. Hannah Bleak, a graphic designer and employee, admires the perfectionism Modern Craftsman exhibits when creating pieces. "Things will be hashed until they are golden," she says. Foreman Spencer Jones loves the variety of pieces and products he works on. "Concrete one week, and a metal piece the next," he says. "I like the challenge that it brings."
Blaine is positive that, no matter what you're looking for, his team can offer you a product you will love. "We design and build the most excellent custom elements for the most refined clients," he says.