Workspaces to Inspire

We love seeing amazing office fit-outs and If you follow us on Pinterest you'll see we're always searching and pinning cool workplace designs. Today we are sharing 5 of our favourites from the Archdaily with you. Each of the below office fit-outs from around the world is unique, and has been designed with creativity in mind. Get ready to be inspired. 

Squarespace, New York

Polished concrete floors, large windows with natural light, luxurious lounge break-out areas, what's not to love? Photo credit: Squarespace

Objective Subjective, New York

Architects: GRT Architects
Photo credit: Nicole Franzen

Mercedes Benz, Thailand Headquarters

Architects: PBM
Photo credit: W Workspace

West Elm Corporate Headquarters, New York

Architects: VM Architecture & Design
Photo credit: Garrett Rowland & West Elm

Uber Advanced Technologies Group, PA

Architect: Assembly Design Studio
Photo credit: Jasper Sanidad

X-Bond in Fashion Designers' Luxury Hollywood Residence

From covering immense slab walls to correcting sloping roof decks, see how X-Bond Seamless Stone helped transform fashion designer's beautiful home in the Hollywood Hills. 

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Summary

When internationally famous New York fashion designer purchased a new home off Sunset Boulevard, high in the fashionable Hollywood Hills, some aspects of the home didn't meet his high standards; namely, its stone floors and exterior walls. Seeking a more modern look for his contemporary residence, the renowned designer turned to X-Bond. 

Existing travertine tile floors needed an upgrade

Existing travertine tile floors needed an upgrade

Existing black granite tile floors in the shower needed an upgrade

Existing black granite tile floors in the shower needed an upgrade

Existing black granite tiles on exterior walls before renovation

Existing black granite tiles on exterior walls before renovation

Exploring Alternatives

The home feature two expansive walls - 15x20' and 25x30' - made of black absolute granite - an expensive material - and travertine stone, neither of which met the designer's conceptual vision. His first thought was to use ARDX grey concrete, but this option was not feasible due to the product's thickness.

Complete demolition was another option, but a costly and time-consuming one, requiring the following: 

  • Architectural/engineering drawings for permits (estimated time 10 days)
  • Check approval (up to 2-3 weeks)
  • Stone removal (estimated 2 weeks)
  • Stud replacement (estimated 3 weeks) as needed
  • Cement board installation (estimated 1 week) 
  • Waterproof membrane installation (estimated 4 days) 
  • Stone installation (estimated 2 weeks)
  • Inspections, municipal approval, HOA approval (3-5 weeks)
  • Constraints of removal of demolition debris due to location of property on narrow winding mountain road.

With a projected demolition timeline of 12-15 weeks, this option was quickly abandoned. 

Strategy

The engineers faced three main challenges with this residential renovation: 

Challenge 1: Creating a consistent surface on immense 25 foot walls

Solution: Using a scaffolding with three men on top, three in the middle, and three on the bottom allowed the applicators to apply smooth, even coats of X-Bond. 

Existing black granite tiles on exterior walls

Existing black granite tiles on exterior walls

Applying X-Bond over black granite tiles 

Applying X-Bond over black granite tiles 

Challenge 2: Creating a solution for the silicon-caulked wall seams

Solution: When the sun hit the walls, the silicone seams got warmed and expanded, creating a vein-like appearance. To remedy the problem, the silicone was cut out and filled with X-Bond Seamless Stone. 

Resurfacing exterior walls with X-Bond Seamless Stone

Resurfacing exterior walls with X-Bond Seamless Stone

Challenge 3: Leveling a sloped floor

Solution: To correct significant sloping in the floor surfaces, the X-Bond system was used to bring the floor up by four inches, while ensuring a secure molecular bond to the existing slab. 

Roof deck was resurfaced and leveled with with X-Bond Seamless Stone

Roof deck was resurfaced and leveled with with X-Bond Seamless Stone

Roof deck was resurfaced and leveled with X-Bond Seamless Stone

Roof deck was resurfaced and leveled with X-Bond Seamless Stone

Solution

A total of 1,200 square meters of X-Bond Seamless Stone was installed throughout the designer's home, including the exterior granite walls, the bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, living room, hallways, pool deck, house exterior, and white marble bathroom. The applicators also grinded down improperly sloped roof deck drains and built them up using X-Bond, ensuring proper water flow. 

X-Bond Seamless Stone floors

X-Bond Seamless Stone floors

Updated fireplace with X-Bond Seamless Stone

Updated fireplace with X-Bond Seamless Stone

Success

Not only has the fashion designer since added X-Bond to two downstairs baths and a downstairs kitchen he has also inspired several celebrity friends and close family members to choose X-Bond for their surface and remodelling projects. 

X-Bond Seamless Stone was used to resurface exterior walls

X-Bond Seamless Stone was used to resurface exterior walls

Living room after remodel with X-Bond

Living room after remodel with X-Bond

Renovated kitchen features X-Bond Seamless Stone floors

Renovated kitchen features X-Bond Seamless Stone floors

Roof deck after renovation with X-Bond Seamless Stone

Roof deck after renovation with X-Bond Seamless Stone


Project Information

  • Application: Floors & Walls with X-Bond Seamless Stone
  • Project size: 1,200 sqm
  • Project year: 2016

Saying Goodbye to Grout Lines

We’ve always been lovers of a seamless surface throughout a bathroom, whether it be on the floor or walls. And now on Pinterest our feed is full of project images where a seamless finish has been used throughout the bathroom.

Over recent years we have had more and more customers wanting to have X-Bond Seamless Stone in their bathroom so that they can achieve this look. Apart from the end result looking fantastic, we think there are more reasons as to why a seamless surface like X-Bond is the latest craze...

X-Bond Polished Bond hand trowelled to floor and walls

X-Bond Polished Bond hand trowelled to floor and walls

1. No grout lines

Think of one person you know who enjoys cleaning grout...
I didn't think you would. There is nothing enjoyable about cleaning scum from the grout lines in your shower tiles! That’s why having a seamless surface in your shower not only makes a great feature, it saves you time and elbow grease.

2. Remodel Without Removal

For those out there renovating a bathroom that has old, dated tiles – instead of having to go through the hassle of removing the tiles, X-Bond can be hand trowelled directly over the tiles, saving you a lot of time and cash that can be spent elsewhere. 

3. Low maintenance

Need we say more?

4. Complements a range of materials

X-Bond looks fantastic with a range of materials including wood, marble, stone, chrome, steel – the list goes on.

Here are a few of our favourite pictures from Pinterest...

Little Known Ways to Make Your Room Feel So Much Bigger

Whether it’s your bedroom, living room, dining room or study, we’ve curated our top hacks for making a room feel more spacious.

Light it up

Light hues on ceilings, walls and floor work wonders to open up a space. Opt for light greys, whites or if you want to add some colour pastel pinks and blues may be the way to go.

Make use of hidden storage

There’s something seriously exciting about buying a piece of furniture that can double up for multiple uses.

Make a statement

Clutter-Schmutter.
Nobody likes clutter. And it especially doesn’t belong in a small space. When styling your room, go for a statement piece of furniture rather than multiple small pieces. Furniture that has legs and sits off the ground also helps to make a room feel larger.

Mirror Mirror on the wall…

Using mirrors on the walls creates the illusion of a bigger space, and also enhances natural light throughout the room.

Concrete Inspiration For Your Next Home

HOW TO INCORPORATE THE CONCRETE LOOK INTO YOUR HOME

We've sourced some of our favourite images from Pinterest that showcase different ways concrete has been used throughout residential projects. From living rooms to bathrooms and outdoor areas, here are some of the ways you can incorporate a concrete finish into your next home... 

Feature Wall 

Feature Wall 

Living Room

Living Room

Kitchen & Meals

Kitchen & Meals

Bathroom including Shower & Basin

Bathroom including Shower & Basin

Outdoor Living

Outdoor Living

Outdoor Shower

Outdoor Shower

Feature Wall

Feature Wall

All images have been sourced via Pinterest and belong to their rightful owners.