Friday, April 15, 2016

Concrete "Wood" Walkway

We knew we wanted a pathway with spaces between the steps, similar to some we've seen at National parks. Wood would be great but who wants to take care of it? Not me! Our solution, of course, was concrete. This was quite the project. Pretty much took an entire spring/summer with at least four different "pours." Crazy, but we both love the finished result.

We poured it in two pieces. This was the first half. You can see the curb and rock underneath and then it was framed out so that the planks will hang over the edge of the curb


There are two pieces of rebar in each plank that are tied to a u-shaped piece sticking up from the curb. It's not going anywhere.

You can see our homemade form liners on the edge. We needed 86 pieces in order to pour half the planks. We used a stamp we had (a tree slice) with leftover concrete from the curb pour as a template. Lots of prep work involved but pretty neat stuff (some type of urethane liquid rubber mix two parts together and smooth it into your template. Sets up overnight, we had to do it multiple times).

Pouring
 Stamping

Here's a close-up after I'd gotten all the stamping mess cleaned up. Our plan was to just let the wood rot out and not worry about it...yeah, that didn't happen. Drove my husband crazy. He tried a variety of ways to remove the wood and ended up using a chainsaw.  Yes, he's crazy. He could only do about six before his chain was dull and he had to switch it out. He stopped every day for probably a week to have the chains sharpened, not recommended, but it did work!

We needed this walkway to be wheelchair accessible so to keep the grade right it had to be off the ground by quite a lot in places. We first poured the footings and then on top of that is this wall (curb). (We used leftover siding from the house to get the texture. Not ideal but it did work. Much less expensive that buying the form liners). You can also see how well our little ends worked.

Here's a look at the final product.

 A close-up of the stamping. Only drawback that we've found. I find myself making noise as I walk down it. One of the guys who always helps us with our pours brought his wife over to take a look.  She wasn't impressed with the snake that popped its head up when they were walking down it.

Here it is from the bottom in it's setting. The wall is another project I completed last fall.  Hopefully this spring I'll get some flowers planted and I need to move that grass in the corner (the wind whips through there and keeps it bent over the sidewalk, it's got to go!)

5 comments:

  1. I'm so glad I found your site...LOVE concrete and looking forward to doing something similar for a walk around the house. Thank you!

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    1. It was quite the project but well worth the time and effort. I just love concrete too. So versatile and each piece is unique in some way. I'll be working on a few new projects here soon. So ready to get started.

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  2. Did you make the long plank stamp(s)? If you bought them, do you mind sharing where you found them? I would love to DIY a similar walkway to our barn :)

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    1. We did not make the long stamps, they were purchased. Not sure where (it was years ago) but if you do an internet search for concrete stamps google will supply you with lots of options. You might be better off renting them. Check out your local concrete tool rental place. Around us its NuWay or Carter Waters.

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