Around the Bend Strawbale House, Pond and Gardens

June 26, 2007

Stamped and coloured concrete floor

Filed under: floor — aroundthebend @ 7:24 pm


We chose a concrete floor as part of our passive solar design — the textured and coloured concrete is the finished floor.  It acts as a thermal mass which will absorb the warmth of the sun’s rays in the winter and help keep the house warm.  After the concrete has been troweled to nearly perfect smoothness, a powdered coloured hardener is thrown onto the floor and troweled in.  After that more colours in a powdered release agent are thrown down in interesting patterns and pressed into the wet concrete by textured stamps.  The floor is left covered with powder — we will not see the finished surface until tomorrow morning when the workers return with power washers to remove the excess powder.  Harry coaxes Rosie to put her pawprint on the front entrance.

1 Comment »

  1. Cool! I love what you’ve done so far, …and the floor heating will be sooo nice and warm on your feet in the winter… I love the colored floor and the family (or only Rosie?) personalized prints.
    What a nice summer project for your family…Years from now you’ll remember the summer of 2007! Your hard work will make wonderful memories.
    Take care, and love to all

    Comment by Joker — June 27, 2007 @ 1:13 am | Reply

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