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Alternatives to concrete floors

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Pebblestone flooring -- a mix of natural rock and epoxy that is raked over the existing concrete, then troweled into its final form -- provides a seamless covering that goes indoors and out in a Los Angeles home designed by James Wecker. (Mark Boster / LAT)
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Terrazzo -- generally composed of stone or glass chips set in a cement-based mixture or liquid resin, then cured and polished -- has moved from the offices of the ‘50s and ‘60s to today’s homes. Here, architect Craig Steely used custom-mixed terrazzo by American Terrazzo Co. for interior and exterior areas of this San Francisco home. (JD Peterson)
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At the new Lofts at Hollywood and Vine, the design group Commune brightened a small model unit by using a glossy white epoxy finish on the floor. (Lofts at Hollywood and Vine)
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Fossil Faux Studios in San Francisco creates translucent resin panels that can be used as flooring and stair treads. Marcia Stuermer, Fossil Faux’s founder, says her resins are used primarily in art installations and architectural detailing. Each piece is custom artwork and priced accordingly. (Fossil Faux Studios)
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Translucent floors, such as those with Fossil Faux’s translucent resin panels, are a trend migrating from public to private spaces. (Fossil Faux Studios)
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Fossil Faux Studios also designs hand-poured resin panels with objects such as corks embedded in them, part of a new line featuring recycled material. (Fossil Faux Studios)
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Concrete, a line of tile by Angela Adams, looks like poured concrete -- clean and monochrome -- except for the geometric pattern it creates when installed. (Courtesy of Angela Adams)
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Terrazzo supplier Vertrazzo uses 100% recycled glass in its panels. Its Chivalry Blue pattern includes clear plate glass from demolished buildings and blue glass from Skyy vodka bottles.


FOR THE RECORD: Terrazzo company: The previous caption misspelled the name of a supplier that uses recycled glass in its designs. The firm’s name is Vetrazzo, not Vertrazzo. The website also was misspelled; the correct URL is www.vetrazzo.com.
 (Vertrazzo)
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A Bistro Green terrazzo design by Vertrazzo incorporates recycled bits of Perrier and Heineken bottles. Vertrazzo pieces are usually used as a countertop but can provide interesting alternatives to the slabs of exotic stone that are increasingly popular in modern spaces.


FOR THE RECORD: Terrazzo company: The previous caption misspelled the name of a supplier that uses recycled glass in its designs. The firm’s name is Vetrazzo, not Vertrazzo. The website also was misspelled; the correct URL is www.vetrazzo.com.
 (Vertrazzo)
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The Burnt resin panel from Fossil Faux Studios features wood laminate that has been hand-torched. (Fossil Faux Studios)
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