|"As architects we are always looking for new materials and methods that match our vision.
We knew several companies that made cast concrete fireplace surrounds and went online to research them. After locating several, we found Flying Turtle Cast Concrete to be very responsive to our inquiry and the fact that they were fairly close to us was an added plus. We had a very precise design style that we wanted and Flying Turtle said they could execute it - so then we asked for color and finish samples which were quickly provided. The clients and we agreed that they were exactly what we were looking for and we included Flying Turtle in our plans and specifications even though we hadn't worked with them previously.
When the pricing came in they were reasonable and the homeowners gave us permission to have the contractor proceed with Flying Turtle.
All correspondence and negotiations went very smoothly and when Flying Turtle arrived on site for the installation everyone was impressed with the products and their performance. There were absolutely no problems with the color, finish and joining of fairly unforgiving components. Coordination between Flying Turtle and our contractor was seamless despite our structural concerns about building a heavy concrete floating hearth seat; Flying Turtle provided framing instructions that proved to be perfect and everything worked and fits.
As designers we are always exploring unknown conditions and trying to make ideas into reality - Flying Turtle provided a solution that was absolute perfection and made it easy to achieve. We will definitely look to them again for our future custom concrete needs.
ALAN OHASHI, AIA
O H A S H I DESIGN STUDIO
ARCHITECTURE & INTERIORS
Emeryville, CA 94608
"Modern, elegant, powerful ... our guest bath is "cast in a new light" ... thanks to Flying Turtle Cast Concrete. We can't say enough about Mat, Jan and Alysa. Professionals in every aspect, our piece went from design to installation in a matter of weeks, and communication with their team could not have been better. Thanks Flying Turtle! We love our piece of functional art and look forward to our next renovation with you!"
"When I started out on this project, I knew I wanted something special and cutting-edge, but didn't really know how to design it. Mat came over from Flying Turtle Cast Concrete and knew right away how we could anchor the fireplace with his beautiful cast concrete surround. He drew up in minutes something I knew would be perfect for both of our fireplaces. A month later, he installed the mantels to perfection. I love the color, the proportions, the design. Mat is professional, and eager to please. I can't tell you how pleased we are. In construction, things rarely go seamlessly, but they did in the case of our fireplaces. They are truly special."
~ Celeste and James Randolph
"Flying Turtle Cast Concrete owner Mat Rogers and team did an amazing job on a custom concrete fireplace surround at our home. Mat created a modern design in a rich chocolate color with a flawless installation. We like the work so much that we had the Flying Turtle Cast Concrete come back and create custom tiles for our entry way. The custom fire place is the showpiece of our home and totally unique.
~ Tracy George, MD, Stanford, Ca.
"I had to let you all know how amazing my living room looks now with the new fireplace mantel and shelving system in place. It went from a mundane, fragmented room to a seamless and elegant space. When I walked in after the installation for the first time, it was a shock to realize it was the same room. Mat is a true creative genius. Part of why it looks so good is not just the design, the quality of the work is impeccable.
Just as important, it was such a pleasure to work with all of you, what a delight! And I really appreciated the extra effort to get the mantel manufactured and installed in time to move into my new home on schedule. This was a great long-term investment in my home, and in the meantime I can appreciate it every day."
~ Scott Najima
We not only have a spectacular fireplace, we have a piece of ART. We put the whole design in Mat Rogers' hands and had no idea what he was going to do. We were so amazed the first time we saw it, and even to this day we see more and more hidden concepts in the design. We couldn't be happier or prouder of our decision to use Flying Turtle in bringing our home into the current times. Thank You Mat!- Lynn F.
As Architects we are always looking for new materials and methods that matched our vision. We had a very precise design style that we wanted and Flying Turtle said they could execute it- so then we asked for color and finish samples which were quickly provided. When Flying Turtle arrived on site for the installation everyone was impressed with the products and their performance. There were absolutely no problems with the color, finish and joining of fairly unforgiving components. The coordination between Flying Turtle and our contractor was seamless. As designers we are always exploring unknown conditions and trying to make ideas into reality- Flying Turtle provided a solution that was absolute perfection and made it easy to achieve. We will definitely look to them again for our future custom concrete needs.- Ohashi Design Studio AIA
Thank you so much for flying out to fix our table in Colorado. It was unfortunate that it was damaged in shipping, but so refreshing to have a professional approach to fixing it. In my opinion, the true test of a company is how it responds to a problem. You handled our project/problem with professionalism, integrity and enthusiasm. We are so very happy with our table. It is truly a work of art. -T Taylor, Architectural Designer
The freedom to create is best left unfiltered! Mat is one of the most gifted, creative professionals I have met in my 30 years in the design business. His vision brings substance and style to EVERY ASPECT of the project.-Mary Dale Johnson
"Working with Matt is seamless. I have worked with Matt on numerous projects and he comes through every time from the point of drawing up a design to installation of his gorgeous work. My clients are always so pleased. He transforms rooms with his fireplaces. The craftsmanship is second to none. Matt is a true professional"-Celeste Randolph (Ambience Interiors)
Working with Mat and his team was a pleasure right from the start. The design was done at a comfortable pace, with responsiveness but never a sense of feeling rushed. The work was done on budget and on schedule with excellent workmanship and great attention to detail. I would highly recommend this company.- Dr. Pravene Nath
Matt was recommended to me by a friend who praised his work highly. I will say I was NOT disappointed. All my dreams came true and I got the fireplace of my dreams. Matt was wonderful to work with. On time, left the place nice and clean, but most of all he really listened to my wishes. I will happily recommend Matt. - Tina Cross
Spectacular job! Every guest has complimented us on the fabulous concrete fireplace and the gorgeous lighted bar counter. It was of the utmost pleasure to work with Mat and his team. I have exactly what I wanted, and my family and I enjoy it every evening. Thank you Mat for sharing your artistic talents with us. -Dr. Rita Gogna
After seeing Mat's beautiful concrete work throughout a Modesto home, I knew I wanted to use him on a large outdoor BBQ project at my own home in Bakersfield. Mat and the Turtles accomplished spectacular work using two complimentary colors at the outdoor BBQ. The raised bar was cast with a continuous stream of gemstones and glass along its' meandering 40 foot length. At night, friends are stunned when I turn on the LED lighting below the counter and chunks of amber, charcoal, and glass is illuminated in the countertop surface. The BBQ has become a showcase for my own business. Their work is simply amazing and unprecedented.- Tim Clark
Thank you for your interest in Flying Turtle Cast Concrete. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact my office. I look forward to working with you.
Showcase of our Work
Mat Rogers, Owner and Creator of Flying Turtle completed design and construction of our Showcase home in 2008. Located at 1013 Enslen Avenue in Modesto, California, the home combines modern architectural style with the beauty and versatility of concrete from floor to ceiling. Private tours are available by appointment. It is available for Events and Photo Shoots. See photos.