198) Patio Pour

by Gail on August 6, 2013

spreading concrete release powder

Fun day at This Green House!

Last week, Jonas finished forming for the patio slab.Jonas forms patio

D and I put the finishing touches on the slab preparation by adding and compacting more construction sand. The concrete placers poured the slab today (I had one hour’s notice.)

I’m a little weary of grey concrete. There is gold/copper colour in many of the stone finishes we have here, so I asked for coloured concrete this time. This base colour is a tan/buff.patio coloured base down

In order to save the several hundred dollars for a line pumper, the concrete truck parked in the narrow driveway. Scary!cement truck on driveway

And then the guys wheelbarrowed the stamp-crete to the slab.patio pour starts

After getting it all smooth, they roughed it up:

Continuing on the same theme as our steps, I cut maple leaves and cedar branches to stamp into the patio.stamping concrete with cedar branches

Three colours of release powder were flung onto the wet concrete.stamping concrete

Denis, the contractor, says the base colour shows about 70%, and the release powder colours end up at about 30%. The idea here is to have an organic, kind of fossil-y look that coordinates with all the stone, and with the cedar-coloured house trim.

The crew ¬†laid down my branches and leaves, then applied their rubber stamping mat (in a random stone-seamed “pattern”).

While the super-efficient crew distributed the wet concrete, I hurriedly made a couple of countertop forms (45″ long, 21″ wide) to use up the buff-coloured concrete. We may decide to make an 8′ “service area” on the patio, to hold dishes or chair pads or whatever we might need close-by.concrete Countertop forms

To make a smooth finish, I stapled heavy-duty plastic to a piece of 3/4″ plywood, then used 2×2 to frame a shape to surround the BBQ and another plain rectangle. After applying caulking at the corners and bottom edges, I ran out to the patio area just in time to use up the excess concrete in my forms!

If this quick countertop works out, I will consider myself a genius. If not, I will just consider myself creative!countertop form poured

After curing for a couple of days, the release powder was washed/brushed off.

washing patio off

A day of drying, then the sealer was applied. This was an example of where I have a “green vs aesthetic” argument with myself. If I had used my water-based Broda Clarity sealer, I would have to wait 28 days before I could seal the patio. Not the worst thing, but it would not darken the colour as a solvent-based sealer would, and I didn’t want that rather pink colour. So, I went with the contractor’s sealant. Here’s the “in-progress:”sealing patio 2

And a close-up of our cedar branch/maple leaf stamp:close up patio cedar branches

Finally, an “after” shot of the patio slab. (A dragonfly photo-bombed my shot. When I saw it, I felt lucky.)cedar-stamped patio

Now we can start building the trellis, pizza oven, and service area. I can almost taste the feel of lying on a hammock – soon, Gail, soon!

I have stripped the countertop forms, and my goodness, they’re UUUUGLY. Can I make them beautiful??? The challenge is on!

countertop stripped

countertop with air bubblesSharing with these generous party hosts:

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