March 8, 2016
Todd Sternfeld Honored for the Creation of the Tiny House Precast Ranchette
Oftentimes good things come in small sizes, and this is certainly true in the case of the precast Superior Ranchette™, a rustic tiny ranch house designed by Todd Sternfeld’s team at Superior Concrete Products. In recognition of the company’s hard work, the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) has named Superior Concrete Products the 2016 first place winner of the Creative Use of Precast Concrete (CUP Award) in the Above Ground Category for the Superior Ranchette.
A Texas-based manufacturer and nationwide installer of precast concrete fence and retaining wall products, Superior Concrete Products created and built the innovative new home out of the company’s proprietary line of precast concrete fence panels and other products on the company’s property near the newly opened Chisolm Trail Parkway in Cleburne, Texas.
The CUP Award was presented during a special recognition luncheon at the 2016 National Precast Concrete Association tradeshow in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday, March 3rd, at 1 p.m. NPCA chairman Andy Weiser presented the award to the Superior Concrete Products CEO and founder Todd Sternfeld, and Raul Rodriguez, the company’s vice president of manufacturing.
As part of the largest trade show dedicated to the precast concrete industry in North America, CUP Awards have been highly coveted by industry professionals since the NCPA recognition program was started in 2004. After the awards committee evaluated the various entries, NPCA president Ty Gable said, “The Superior Concrete Products entry captures the imagination. The Ranchette very clearly shows the amazing versatility of precast concrete. The judges were impressed not only with the beauty of the structures, but also with the technical design and how the display demonstrates the ability of precast concrete to emulate the look of other materials.”
Using precast concrete molded to resemble brick and other traditional finishes, the Ranchette showcases the diversity among the product lines manufactured by Superior Concrete Products, while also demonstrating the adaptability and novel uses of concrete as a building material. “Building the Ranchette was a group effort,” said Sternfeld. “I’ve always believed that our products could be used in a variety of creative ways, and the CUP Award is proof of what happens when you combine a versatile product with the great people that work at Superior Concrete Products.”
A scalable and customizable prototype, the Superior Ranchette is a 600 square-foot ranch house that offers all the sophisticated features of a full-sized two-bedroom home – complete with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. “While we built the house in a rustic ranch style design, the home could be of any size or architectural finish,” said Sternfeld. “Our goal was to build the Ranchette to demonstrate the various looks and finishes of the modular precast concrete products that we manufacture. Using a green-build approach, we recycled surplus materials to showcase the versatility of our product line. We are deeply pleased to win this award, but also want to thank the members of our industry for taking notice of the work created by the Superior Concrete Products staff.”
The exterior of the Ranchette is composed of Superior Brick™ fence panels which has been hand-tinted to resemble the warm weathered look of aged masonry. The posts supporting the roof of the front porch are Superior Stone Columns™ designed to look remarkably like water carved river rocks. The home’s interior has utilized Superior Wood Plus™ and precast fence panels to accent the interior of the house.
Naturally, no ranch house would be complete without a fence, and the Ranchette has two. A six-foot tall Superior Cobblestone™ privacy fence duplicates the look of stacked stone, and is trimmed with the decorative Superior Lattice, a one-foot tall precast product that simulates the hand-crafted appearance of a wood trellis sitting atop the precast cobblestone. The privacy fence gives an attractive backdrop for the home’s patio – shielding the house from the late afternoon sun, while providing a welcome retreat for evening cookouts and friendly gatherings. Additional applications incorporated into the hardscape utilize Superior Rail™ and Superior Fence Caps for parking, patio and walkway paths.
The Superior Rail and post fence is strong and beautiful, tricking a trained eye with its deep rugged woodgrain molded texture. Superior 3 Rail™ (4’ high) was used to build a sturdy livestock corral, while other areas of the property used Superior 2 Rail™ (3’ high) as a decorative accent to frame the front of the Ranchette and walkway around the house. Other products were used as trim and for additional accent pieces, complimenting the exterior landscape design.
Strategically located in the middle of the country, Superior Concrete Products designs, engineers, manufactures, ships and installs products across the continent from the company’s NPCA certified plant in North Texas. “Since we are based in the Southwest, I naturally have a soft spot for cowboys and horses, so it just made sense to build a ranch with products made in our own factory,” said Sternfeld. “We are constantly working on product development and experimenting with new decorative finishes and textures. The Ranchette shows that precast concrete can be a sophisticated, affordable and versatile alternative to traditional building materials when you look at home design with a creative and imaginative eye. Plus, no other building material is as strong and durable as concrete.”