In 2001, Patrick poured his first concrete countertop in the customer’s garage. It was rough and original, but fit the Denver carriage house charm perfectly. The idea spawned with help from his degree in industrial design from the Rochester Institute of Technology and Patrick’s background in concrete production at a batch plant run by his father. He also met the perfect homeowner – one who sought originality and gave him complete creative freedom. Thanks, John!
It wasn’t until further research at a local bookstore in 2002, that Patrick realized he was not the father of concrete countertops. Nevertheless, Patrick spent the next eight years remodeling homes and creating countertops and furniture pieces for clients in the Denver area, who discovered his talents through word of mouth. With each new project, the material grew more refined and the mix used more recycled content and quality ingredients. Patrick also completed training workshops with Brandon Gore and the Concrete Design School in Tempe, AZ and attends industry conferences.
Kate has eight years of design and marketing experience. With her love of design comes a deep respect for the environment. She feels aesthetics can meet environmental responsibility and with Patrick, dreamed of a business built on that respect.
One bright, beautiful Colorado day, Patrick and Kate decided to return to their roots and move to the coast of New Hampshire to start a green company named The Refinery Concrete. With careful planning, saving, researching, studying, and dreaming, The Refinery was born.
The business provides an opportunity to share our love of design, values, and respect for the environment. We love what we do, and now, we do it everyday.