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Title: Removed Deck, New Patio, exposed ugly foundation - how to make pretty?
Post by: cbr shadow on August 14, 2014, 12:33:46 PM
My wife and I are moving overseas and renting out our house while we're gone.  The deck was crumbling so we opted for a concrete patio instead.  When the deck was removed it exposed a pretty ugly looking area on the foundation that had always been covered before.  What can I do to make this nicer/cleaner looking?

(http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m271/godhand123/Patio1_zpsd2f0b3a6.jpg)

(http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m271/godhand123/Patio2_zpse41afab1.jpg)

Any suggestions?  I do realize the siding is dirty right now as well, but that can just be cleaned up by hand.
Title: Re: Removed Deck, New Patio, exposed ugly foundation - how to make pretty?
Post by: greaper007 on August 14, 2014, 01:18:53 PM
Paint, power washer, maybe even some type of trim.
Title: Re: Removed Deck, New Patio, exposed ugly foundation - how to make pretty?
Post by: gimp on August 14, 2014, 01:46:59 PM
Yeah, that sounds about right. Hit it with the power washer, decide if it's good, if not -- paint and/or trim. Should be a pretty easy job.
Title: Re: Removed Deck, New Patio, exposed ugly foundation - how to make pretty?
Post by: Cheddar Stacker on August 14, 2014, 02:01:22 PM
You have a lot of doors back there, crazy. Patio looks nice at least.

I would clean it up well, patch it with some "touch-up" style concrete mix, then paint it gray. Or maybe paint it some funky neon pink for flair if that suits the area. ; )
Title: Re: Removed Deck, New Patio, exposed ugly foundation - how to make pretty?
Post by: former player on August 14, 2014, 02:29:42 PM
I wouldn't put trim on it, you might end up with critters behind the trim.  Give the concrete a scrub/power wash, let it dry and paint it any colour you like.
Title: Re: Removed Deck, New Patio, exposed ugly foundation - how to make pretty?
Post by: zinethstache on August 14, 2014, 02:43:13 PM
I agree with paint versus trim which will not age well under those doors. good luck!
Title: Re: Removed Deck, New Patio, exposed ugly foundation - how to make pretty?
Post by: BooksAreNerdy on August 14, 2014, 03:46:47 PM
Could you do a row of those press on stone veneer things they sell at HD?
Title: Re: Removed Deck, New Patio, exposed ugly foundation - how to make pretty?
Post by: Adam Zapple on August 14, 2014, 06:28:33 PM
I would apply a skim coat over top of what is there.  Step 1:  Clean away all loose cement and any other nastiness.  Step 2:  Cover your brand new patio with some plastic taped down in your work area so you don't mess it up.  Step 3:  Buy a flexible plastic trowel and cut it to the exact height you need to fit it into that space between the patio and the siding/doors.  Step 4:  Mix equal parts portland cement and fine sand, add water to make a paste and apply a thin layer over top of your nasty looking concrete to make it as smooth as possible.  Step 5:  Lightly wipe away any "oops" spots with a damp sponge (get the big yellow rounded edge sponges they sell in the tile section of big box stores).  Best case scenario, you have a perfect looking concrete.  Worst case scenario, you have a slightly better to equally terrible looking concrete.  Good Luck!
Title: Re: Removed Deck, New Patio, exposed ugly foundation - how to make pretty?
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