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Local Concrete Artisan, Newbold Stone, Awarded Best Integral Sink in National Competition.

South Austin based Newbold Stone, an architectural concrete artisan, was awarded Best in Class for the Integral Sink category in the 2009 Circle of Distinction awards, held in Las Vegas, NV. The Circle of Distinction, a national, annual competition judged by CHENG Concrete Exchange recognizes exceptional design and craftsmanship, technical skill and overall aesthetic appeal.

What's sexy in a bathroom? Losing the drain and winning the award.
The award winning integral sink was developed for a new, residential museum-style home in South Austin that demanded modern, clean lines and utmost functionality. With constraints on dimension and color, Newbold Stone developed a design that concealed the plumbing behind the wall instead of beneath the sink to ensure the desired minimalist aesthetic. Additionally, a simple, innovative towel chase was incorporated to complement the clean lines of the bath while providing a functional, architectural element.

"This project was particularly gratifying because I could draw on my engineering degree and prior experience to design a fluid path that would allow for optimal drainage without revealing the mechanics of the system," said John Newbold, founder of Newbold Stone. "Building something that makes a functional bath sleek, sexy and clean is in fact quite complex."

"John's product is unique and eco-friendly and was a great fit for this residential client," said MJ Neal, AIA, the award winning architect with whom John collaborated on this project. "Newbold Stone's design suggestions and exemplary craftsmanship for the master and guest integral sinks and vanities allowed my client to feel as though they had commissioned a uniquely functional work of art."

Going green is sexy too.
The winning sink is a green product, as are the majority of Newbold Stone products, composed of 50% or more post-consumer and industrial recycled material. By using recycled materials, employing local craftsman and sustainable business practices and serving greater Central Texas, Newbold Stone is reducing the total embodied energy of all their concrete solutions.

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About Newbold Stone:
Newbold Stone is an architectural concrete design and build firm based in the South Congress area of Austin, TX. Equipped to address the needs of individual residential installations as well as high volume multi-unit projects, Newbold Stone has completed more than 60 projects in Austin since 2006.

Powered by the creative energies of founder John Newbold, an experienced designer and engineer and third-generation craftsman trained by renowned concrete expert Fu-Tung Cheng in San Francisco, Newbold Stone is dedicated to excellence in the design and installation of decorative concrete.

Newbold Stone embraces concrete's environmentally friendly attributes and has participated in a number of green home projects. Newbold Stone product typically contains between 10% and 50% recycled content and contains no resins and is treated with low-VOC materials. Newbold Stone employs sustainable business practices including water limited fabrication techniques and the reuse and reclamation of materials throughout the process. Of the many available countertop options, Newbold Stone concrete delivers one of the most dramatic design impacts with the least possible environmental impact.

Originally founded in Southern California in 2001, Newbold Stone relocated to Austin in fall 2006 to serve the greater central Texas area, while select installations continue in San Diego. The vibrant growth and creativity of the Austin area serves as the ideal backdrop for the creation and enjoyment of designer-grade concrete, where residents and designers alike seek unique media to express their design visions.

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About CHENG Concrete:
Fu-Tung Cheng's deep appreciation and passion for concrete is the impetus behind Cheng Concrete - a specialized division and online channel dedicated to all topics, products and information related to concrete as a finish material and based on more than 20 years of research and inspiration. Cheng Concrete is the single, leading resource for concrete countertop design. Geared for the professional architect, designer and contractor or the typical DIY-er, Cheng Concrete offers a bevy of knowledge, instruction and information for individuals to craft their own concrete furnishings, including Cheng's own NeoMix™ system that includes a proprietary mix, tools, accessories and instructional products. Through Concrete Exchange, an education program that offers hands-on workshops and programs across the country, Cheng Concrete shares the techniques and design principles in Cheng's concrete work. Workshops ranging from introductory courses in concrete countertops to advanced training in glass fiber-reinforced concrete, fireplaces, counters and walls. Cheng Concrete's "Concrete Exchange" of hundreds of concrete contractors across the country offers homeowners a resource for Cheng-trained local contractors.

Cheng Concrete educational tools include a series Cheng-authored best-selling books published by The Taunton Press. His first books, Concrete Countertops and Concrete at Home have sold more than 200,000 copies. His newest book and DVD set, Concrete Countertops Made Simple (December 2008), is based on his introductory workshops for hundreds of contractors and homeowners and shares his vision for the broad, creative appeal of hands-on design and the "green" low-carbon footprint benefits of having local craftspeople and homeowners use locally quarried materials to create low-cost products for their homes. The book and DVD provide step-by-step instruction for anyone wishing to craft a superior concrete countertop in the spirit and artistry of Fu-Tung Cheng.

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About MJ Neal Architects:
M. J. Neal Architects is a forward thinking contemporary architecture and interior design firm that has been practicing sustainable architecture since 1991.

M. J. Neal, AIA was a founding member of the Advisory Committee for the Green Builder Program; and a Texas Sustainable Building Coalition Charter Member.

M. J. Neal Architects explores contemporary vernacular architecture, not in an historic sense, but in the sense of its true definition: of, relating to, or characteristic of a place. Nature forms an infinite range of changes, moods, and mystery to capture our imagination; architecture enables and intensifies these interactions with the environment. This approach informs the design solution, taking into account each client's specific desires and programmatic needs. The physical result will reflect its relationship with client, user, and environment

M.J. Neal Architects is a National Design Award winner by the American Institute of Architects, won one of only five national IIDA awards in 2005 as well as several Design Honor Awards by the TSA (Texas Society of Architects) plus numerous local AIA awards and other distinctions. Still, our firm's main goal is to elicit the hopes, dreams and desires of our clients and then exceed them, responsibly. The awards are just a result of this emphasis.

Find out more about M. J. Neal Architects at and read their, sometimes irreverent, blog at


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