|"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
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.