Saturday, July 16, 2016

WoodForm Concrete®:
A Case Study on the Performance of WoodForm Concrete® in a Public Area

When it comes to building materials, nothing means more to the American craftsman spirit than the warm and inviting textures of wood. America has a romance with wood. However, wood, with its diminishing supply, lacks the durability needed for many projects. This is why JM Lifestyles engineered a cost-effective concrete composite that fills a need in the design market: WoodForm Concrete®. This use anywhere, design in any way material fills the market’s desire to stay connected to this American spirit, providing a beautiful, resilient, adaptable option to wood.

WoodForm Concrete® Tables at Tysons Corner Center
In 2015, JM Lifestyles was commissioned to design and install three communal tables for a public area at Tysons Corner Center in McLean, Virginia. The large WoodForm Concrete® communal tables are ten feet long, three feet wide, and have built-in power centers. A year after installation, JM Lifestyles’ owner, Jeff Kudrick, paid a visit to Tysons Corner to examine the public’s perception of the tables and the performance of WoodForm Concrete® in a public space. What he found proved revealing.
Observation of WoodForm Concrete® Tables
It was immediately apparent that the area where the WoodForm tables were located was special. People of all ages were congregating in large groups around the tables. Teenagers were talking, children were playing, and older folks were resting. Every section of the space was utilized in a variety of ways. A closer inspection was done to investigate the wear after a year of use. The surfaces were clean and did not show any sign of scratching. The tables remained strong and stable even while a group of children climbed about, pushing and tugging on the power units and supports. A half dozen small chips and marks were found along the edges of the tables. However, the damage was quickly and easily repaired with a furniture pen that made the marks disappear. It was impressive to see tables that look like wood but perform with remarkable durability in a public space.
The next step during the Tysons Corner visit was to understand how the tables were perceived by the people utilizing the space. When told the tables were not actually wood, but made from the concrete composite WoodForm Concrete®, the responses were those of surprise, disbelief, and amazement. “What? This is concrete?” “No. No way.” “No, really?” One woman was asked what it felt like to sit at and touch the tables. While rubbing the edge of the table, she smiled and replied, “It feels warm. It’s interesting and … different. I just like wood. It makes me feel comfortable, I guess.” Not only did the investigation prove WoodForm Concrete’s® performance to be exceptional but, it also confirmed that WoodForm Concrete® has the inviting look and feel of wood.

Observation of Solid Surface Tables

After observing that the WoodForm Concrete® tables performed well and engaged the public, it was time to investigate the other public area at Tysons Corner. The space was void of activity. The communal tables were not being used. An initial inspection of the tables showed extensive and easily visible damage. Large chips were present on the corners. There was nothing obvious around the tables that would have cause the damage. The chairs around the tables may have caused the damage but, it was noted that the same chairs were also used with the WoodForm Concrete® tables and did not produce the same damage. Repairing the tables would be difficult and result in a patch that would not blend in. Unlike the WoodForm Concrete® tables, the tables in this area were cold to the touch and created a sterile, uninviting atmosphere. It is presumed that the lack of activity in this public area may be attributed, in part, to the unappealing, damaged sold surface tables.

For more information on WoodForm Concrete® you can call 973.668.5057 or visit

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Cast in Concrete - Brad Jenkins Design

CAST IN CONCRETE - Brad Jenkins Design

decorative cast concrete columns in the molds
This phase of the Florham Park project is a complex kitchen remodel. Complex as in nearly all elements are custom designed and fabricated in a one-off manner. I love these types of projects because of the design freedom; on the other hand, the artisans that have to build them usually want to shoot me at some point due to the difficulties that come with pushing the envelope. It’s a lot of intensity to see a job like this through, however, in the end the result is well worth the pain as designer and contractors alike enjoy the cathartic finale.
This kitchen remodel involved the removal of an interior wall between the kitchen and stairway hall. Offering a much more open and spacious concept. I knew very early on that we would have to leave two steel columns in place. Columns that were buried in the wall and our design would have to adapt to those two elements. The chosen solution in this case; two sets of double concrete columns, symmetrically placed within the space.

Decorative cast concrete columns

Photo at top of page: The decorative column covers are fabricated from FRC (fiber reinforced concrete) to match our concrete island and fireplace surround crafted by JM Lifestyles LLC. The project begins with custom made molds fabricated by John Earle LLC from phenolic faced plywood. Many reinforcing ribs are added to ensure stability under the weight and stress of the curing concrete. Careful attention has been paid to ensure the molds are within 1/32” tolerance of the final dimension. The column halves will have to match up perfectly upon installation.
Concrete columns in mold process
Above: The initial coat of concrete has been sprayed into these molds and then covered with a fiber reinforced concrete mix with a fiberglass mesh material in between layers as reinforcement. Much of the work is executed by the hands of skilled technicians, such as these artisans applying a final layer of FRC.
Concrete column parts
The above picture shows the parts fresh out of the molds. This product is incredibly strong and lightweight. That is; lightweight in terms of concrete! Amazingly, the product is somewhat flexible when cured, much like plywood, allowing slight adjustments during the installation process. JM Lifestyles LLC has developed this proprietary concrete product through many years of research and development and has achieved a product that has amazing properties even at very thin applications such as ¾”.
Concrete columns fill and seal
The picture above shows a technician filling any small voids with a fine cement mix just prior to sealing in the finishing room. The columns will receive several coats of sealer prior to delivery to the job site.
Concrete columns install montage
Above: The installation of the concrete column covers on site; each column is mitered and seamed on site. The miters had actually been hand cut by incredibly skilled artisans. A skilled technician will touch up the seams with high-tech fillers and colorants. In the end; the joints are nearly invisible.
Concrete columns installed
Above: The finished product minus one final coat of sealer. An interesting “things happen for a reason” moment here; the bases of the columns were not supposed to blue as pictured. The original design called for stainless steel bases (only the small 4” section at the floor) which at some point became light gray concrete bases. Somewhere along the path we decided to make the very small kick base on the column blue to match our backsplash tile and through an innocent misinterpretation we ended up with what you see. The client absolutely loved this error (me too). The blue almost exactly matches our tile detail as seen here: Material palette one and what is this blog?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

JM Lifestyles wins ASID NY Metro Top Pick for WoodForm Concrete!

JM Lifestyles wins ASID Top Pick for WoodForm Concrete TM

For Immediate Release
March 20, 2014
JM Lifestyles wins ASID Top Pick for WoodForm ConcreteTM
At the Architectural Digest Home Show
New York City- March 20, 2014
Today at the Architectural Digest Home Show at Pier 94 in NYC, JM Lifestyles launched their Signature product WoodForm ConcreteTM
and won ASID’s Top Pick of 2014. 

WoodForm ConcreteTM

It is a molded fiber reinforced concrete composite containing over 40% local post consumer recycled content.  It is indistinguishable from real wood. It looks like wood and acts like stone.  It will not split, crack, rot, or degrade.  WoodForm Concrete
is very sustainable and replaces endangered wood species making it a sustainable and longer lasting alternative to real wood.  Since it is concrete it can be used where wood would be prohibitive or impossible in areas with fire, water for products such as fire pits, fireplace surrounds, sinks, showers, floors and tubs. People’s responses were overwhelmingly positive.  It was a product developed to personalize and problem solve.

About JM Lifestyles

Founded in 2007, JM Lifestyles is the world wide leader in Decorative Concrete Fabrication.  Located in Randolph, NJ they train, supply to, and educate companies on Manufacturing principals and standards in Decorative Concrete.  Known for their abilities to push the limits and
the place to go for customization and personalization.  The Team at JM Lifestyles works closely with their clients helping them achieve unique and special pieces for 
homes, retail and hospitality locations.  JM Lifestyles products are designed to be personal representation of the people whom purchase them while being functional, and sustainable.  JM Lifestyles unique creations are shipped and available worldwide through distribution and
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The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is the oldest and largest professional organization for interior designers with the largest residential and commercial membership. They have more than 30,000 members.  The organization establishes a common identity for professionals and businesses in the field of interior design. 
Every year ASID NY METRO recognizes exhibitors by a distinguished panel of ASID designers, educators and industry partners. For more info visit ASIDNYMETRO

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Best of Houzz 2nd year in a row! Best of Houzz 2014


 Best Of Houzz 2014
Woodform Concrete by JM Lifestyles
JM Lifestyles of NJ Receives Best of Houzz 2014 Award Two Years in a Row!

JM Lifestyles receives 
Best Of Houzz 2014 Award

Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users
Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals

[RANDOLPH, NJ], February 4, 2014 - JM Lifestyles of Randolph, NJ has been awarded "Best Of Houzz" by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The Concrete Design and Fabrication Studio was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners' work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as "Houzzers," who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app. Winners will receive a "Best Of Houzz 2014" badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.  

"JM Lifestyles is honored to receive this award for the 2nd year in a row!"
  "Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision," said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. "We're delighted to recognizeJM Lifestyles among our "Best Of" professionals for design as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes."

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like JM Lifestyles, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and reviewing their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

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About JM Lifestyles
JM Lifestyles is a Decorative Concrete Design and Fabrication Studio, they create products that tell your story using the most innovative materials. They are a multi-medium studio and are well versed in concrete, metal, glass, wood, light water and more.  They are leaders in the decorative concrete industry.  JM applies all of their applicable abilities to your project and work fluently in each, creating artistry and functionality in every job.  Form more information please 

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish - online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality. For more information,

Square Fire Pit with Texture
Spring Ahead
Even with record breaking snow fall and decreasingly frigid temperatures, Spring is right around the corner.  This is the time to be planning for your Spring and Summer projects.  We have an extraordinary amount of projects in the queue for Spring already, start now so you can enjoy the good weather as soon as it gets here!  Showing our growing line of standard Fire Pits,  choose from our standards or create something custom.
Standards and Custom

JM is best known for its Custom Concrete Creations.  JM Creates products that tell people's stories.  The clients we have been lucky enough to work with over the years have helped us develop our signature style.  Many of our Custom Creations have evolved into standard products; however these applications still allow extensive custom options.  As we develop and produce our standards, know that we continue to develop and push the limits with our Custom Creations as well.  Stay tuned for some amazing new Custom Creations our clients have imagined, things you have never seen before.  JM is committed to creating a language that allows people to express themselves with concrete, an artistic practical medium.


Friday, July 26, 2013

JM Lifestyles Named 2013 Best in Residential and Commercial Decorative Concrete

Washington, D.C., Thursday July 18, 2013 – The America Institute of Building Design (AIBD) named JM Lifestyles as one of its top designers in the fifth annual American Residential Design Awards (ARDA) in Pasadena, California. During a banquet dinner held in conjunction with the AIBD Annual Convention, JM Lifestyles was awarded the [First Place and Second Place trophy in Residential Decorative Concrete .  They were also awarded First Place in Commercial Decorative Concrete The winning entries were chosen from over 100 finished and proposed projects submitted by 27 designers from three countries.

JM Lifestyles is a family of Artisans and Designers that aspire to create things that can only be created through the catalyst of the relationship.  They create the unique with the most innovative materials.  Aspiring to use the most sustainable reliable systems that offer a service that engages communication and respect for each other and the environment.   While building on nearly twenty years of using concrete as an artistic medium, JM Lifestyles, LLC has pushed the limits of concrete.  They have a multi-medium studio and are versed in metal, glass, wood, light, and water.  They are experts and leaders in the decorative concrete industryThey work fluently in many mediums creating artistry and functionality in every job.  Their commissions are challenges to create your personal milieu utilizing any one or an aggregate of our abilities.  This is their expertise.
The projects that won illustrate JM’s unique approach to concrete.  First Place Residential:  WoodformConcrete is a signature finish that is indistinguishable from wood with all the durability of concrete.  

Second Place Residential:  The fiber optics is also a unique application, JM makes geodic glowing concrete formations in the concrete adding another dimension to the pieces.

  First Place Commercial:  World's Largest Shoe Display.  Custom furniture high attention to detail and complex engineering is what allowed JM to get this high profile commission in London. 

ARDA is a progression of the AIBD Annual Design Competition, which has been in existence for more than 50 years. Judging of the competition is done by twenty-one preliminary judges and a finishing jury of six who determine the ultimate winners in each category. This year’s final panel includes Viki Wooster, CPBD, Wooster Design Inspirations, Bend, OR; Larry Gilland, CPBD, LGA Studios, Colorado Springs, CO; Marc Yops, CKD, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC; Hillary Gottemoeller, Hanley Wood, Washington, DC; Matt Dobson, Vinyl Siding Institute, Greensboro, NC; and the ARDA Committee Chairperson Michael Battaglia, Dayton, OH.

The AIBD is the only nationally recognized organization dedicated to supporting and promoting residential design professionals. AIBD members have specialized knowledge and expertise in residential design and are held to a high level of professionalism and ethics in their business practices. The AIBD was founded in California in 1950 and has since chartered Societies all across the United States.

The winning ARDA entries are published at

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Orale Mexican Restaurant Jersey City, NJ

JM Lifestyles got to make the awesome Woodform™ Concrete Bar at Orale Mexican Restaurant in Jersey City, NJ.  It is a yellow wood to compliment the bright captive decor of the restaurant.  Lots of great details, graffiti on the brick exposed walls, beautiful light fixtures AMAZING food!  Definitely a place you must try!  They have lots of little plates you can order so you can try everything!

Yellow Woodform ™  Concrete  Bar by
Three kinds of guacamole! 

Yellow Woodform ™  Concrete  Bar by

"Hecho en Jersey City" Graffiti 

Yellow Woodform ™  Concrete  Bar by



Michelle and Jeff

Yellow Woodform ™  Concrete  Bar by

Yellow Woodform ™  Concrete  Bar by

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