Fun day at This Green House!
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.)
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.
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.
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!
After curing for a couple of days, the release powder was washed/brushed 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:”
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!