Monday, June 4th, 2012


When we decided to build our final home we spent much time thinking and discussing the floor finish. We had built and lived in homes with different floors and when we considered concrete as a finish floor what came to mind was the floor of large box retailers not something we wanted in our home.

I had seen some of Tom Ralston’s concrete work but had not yet seen his acid stained concrete. We had selected Tom as our concrete contractor for all of the foundations and exterior flat work. As we talked with Tom we became more convinced that we wanted acid stained floors for our entire home. We had a vague idea of color and Tom took off making samples upon samples until we all agreed that we had the “old Leather” look that we wanted.

Since we do not have baseboards in our home Tom poured the 2-1/2 inch thick concrete floors after the gypsum board walls were complete and painted. After a curing period the floors were acid stained and finished.

After living with our floors for eight years we ask why everyone does not have acid stained floors. The maintenance is a breeze and the floors have stood up to grandchildren and five dogs. Thank you Tom and your entire crew, especially Tracy Whitesell, for making our home the special place that it is.

Richard & Rosaleen Zlatunich

View pictures of the Zlatunich project.