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How To: Indoor Concrete Floors

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Concrete flooring is cheap, durable, and not as cold as its reputation suggests—these eight homeowners show how to get the look.
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  Offset by a shade of canary yellow, the concrete floors in the kitchen of this home in a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa, tie in with the home's facade, which is also concrete. Photo by Elsa Young.

    Offset by a shade of canary yellow, the concrete floors in the kitchen of this home in a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa, tie in with the home's facade, which is also concrete. Photo by Elsa Young.

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  In the dining room of this Michigan family home, radiant coils embedded in the concrete floors circulate hot water, ensuring the warmth of the space and adding much needed humidity to the air in wintertime. Photo by Chad Holder.  Photo by: Chad Holder

    In the dining room of this Michigan family home, radiant coils embedded in the concrete floors circulate hot water, ensuring the warmth of the space and adding much needed humidity to the air in wintertime. Photo by Chad Holder.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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  An architect explains his use of concrete in his apartment in a converted industrial loft building in Brussels, calling concrete “the most practical material. It’s warm, if you do it right. And you can clean it in about two seconds.” Photo by Frederik Vercruysse.

    An architect explains his use of concrete in his apartment in a converted industrial loft building in Brussels, calling concrete “the most practical material. It’s warm, if you do it right. And you can clean it in about two seconds.” Photo by Frederik Vercruysse.

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  Loving the look of concrete floors, a family renovating their new home in Germany considered all of the alternatives before settling on concrete itself as their most solid aesthetic option. Photo by Mark Seelen.  Photo by: Mark Seelen

    Loving the look of concrete floors, a family renovating their new home in Germany considered all of the alternatives before settling on concrete itself as their most solid aesthetic option. Photo by Mark Seelen.

    Photo by: Mark Seelen

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  To complete the look of the living room in this angular modern beach house in Florida, a local concrete company ground and polished the slabs to create the finished floors and exterior staircases.  Courtesy of: Traction Architecture

    To complete the look of the living room in this angular modern beach house in Florida, a local concrete company ground and polished the slabs to create the finished floors and exterior staircases.

    Courtesy of: Traction Architecture

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  A designer stripped her 1960s condo in Houston, Texas, down to its essential concrete and cinderblock structure, beckoning in a quiet, minimal aesthetic. Photo by Dean Kaufman.  Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    A designer stripped her 1960s condo in Houston, Texas, down to its essential concrete and cinderblock structure, beckoning in a quiet, minimal aesthetic. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  In the master bathroom of this Monory Crasset-designed farmhouse in France, the floor’s subtle resin treatment was initially painted on the concrete as full-on orange, but Monory scrubbed it off until only a wash of the hue remained. Photo by Jonas Ingerstedt.  Photo by: Jonas IngerstedtCourtesy of: Jonas Ingerstedt

    In the master bathroom of this Monory Crasset-designed farmhouse in France, the floor’s subtle resin treatment was initially painted on the concrete as full-on orange, but Monory scrubbed it off until only a wash of the hue remained. Photo by Jonas Ingerstedt.

    Photo by: Jonas Ingerstedt

    Courtesy of: Jonas Ingerstedt

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  Concrete flooring contributes to the seamless transition from indoors to the patio of this postwar suburban split-level house in Vancouver. Photo by João Canziani.  Photo by: João Canziani

    Concrete flooring contributes to the seamless transition from indoors to the patio of this postwar suburban split-level house in Vancouver. Photo by João Canziani.

    Photo by: João Canziani

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