Week 39 - Stamped concrete
Some more fitting happened inside this week - some of the air-conditioning vents were installed, along with our doorbell intercom. We had originally wanted just a plain old ding-dong doorbell, but we could only find ugly surface mounted plastic ones, so we ended up buying a video intercom online fairly inexpensively and it does the trick.
Back outside and our fence posts were installed. They are huge - we didn't really notice but they were marked down as 150mm posts, and when they arrived we were a bit surprised. They look nice and solid though, so we're not complaining. They got the same notch and taper top that other timber posts in our house have to add some architectural interest.
I gave a design to the carpenter for the rafter tails that we added underneath the bay window, and also around the carport beam. These will be painted white to blend in, and I think add a layer of authenticity to the carport. The idea is to make it look like it was built with the house in the 1930s. I hadn't anticipated that the beam around the carport would be so tall, so I adapted on the fly and had the fascia board painted to match the guttering to reduce the beam visually - I think it turned out pretty well. The decorative end design of these timber blocks we took from a 1930s planter box that was on the front of the house.
On Saturday some of the concrete was poured and stamped. It turns out that stamped concrete is really a dying art, and we were not able to find someone to do the deep impression stamps that my parents had done 18 years ago. Apparently everyone wants exposed aggregate - which looks lovely for 2 years but because of the surface texture, it gets really dirty with road grime. It's also sharp underfoot, which we don't like. The next best thing is a rubber stamped pattern which leaves a shallower pattern in the surface of the concrete. It's such a shame - the deep stamped concrete is so durable - it has endless grip for car tyres and shoes and we tinted the concrete mix, so that darker grey colour can never wear off. We are still happy with how the rubber stamping turned out - it's much more durable than a spray-coat pattern and is more interesting and forgiving than plain concrete or exposed aggregate.
They need to come back and finish off the driveway to the street - it's going to be a lot of concrete surface are, so we will really need to soften it with lots of plants around the edges.
20/1/2022 02:36:48 pm
The next best thing is a rubber stamped pattern which leaves a shallower pattern in the surface of the concrete. It's such a shame, Thank you for sharing your great post!
25/1/2022 11:16:30 am
Stamped concrete patterns can be applied as an overlay that goes over your existing concrete slab, or can be imprinted into freshly-poured concrete before it hardens. I truly appreciate your great post!
26/1/2022 02:45:04 pm
These will be painted white to blend in, and I think add a layer of authenticity to the carport. I truly appreciate your great post!
27/1/2022 01:57:52 pm
Next step is to place the forms made of wood, metal or plastic as per specifications of the item. Formwork should be clean with enough stiffness and capable of retaining its shape during casting of concrete. I truly appreciate your great post!
28/1/2022 09:46:55 am
The concrete is then stamped in the same sequence it was placed. Stamping alignment is checked regularly verifying the pattern to ensure desired outcome. Thank you for sharing your great post!
27/2/2022 11:59:06 am
So we ended up buying a video intercom online fairly inexpensively and it does the trick. Thank you for the beautiful post!
8/5/2022 08:46:06 am
Our stamped concrete patterns offer all the visual beauty of real stone, tile, and wood plank and since it's a sealed surface, it requires little maintenance. Thank you, amazing post!
28/5/2022 02:24:48 pm
That's it you've learned how to stamp concrete. Hiring a professional concrete stamping contractor, I’m so thankful for your helpful post!
8/7/2022 12:29:01 pm
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22/8/2022 08:51:03 pm
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4/11/2022 07:12:53 am
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26/11/2022 06:53:23 am
Stamped concrete is a dying art. It is a unique and beautiful way to add decoration to your home, but it is not very popular anymore. There are not many companies that offer this service, and the ones that do are not very well known. This means that it is hard to find someone to do this work for you, and it is also hard to find someone who knows how to do it correctly.
9/5/2023 05:10:31 am
In this piece, we'll take a behind-the-scenes look at a recent stamped concrete project. Progress, challenges, and results are discussed as the experiment enters its 39th week. Although it gives a first-person description of the renovation process and makes some insightful remarks, the post may be improved by providing more information about the stamped concrete work or photographs of the completed project.
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