I live in a 90 yr old house and i think the steps by the garage are still the original concrete. The previous owner had them resurfaced, but that started to come off after one winter. Ten yrs later, there wasn't much left at all and I was left w/ all the steps cracked and one step had even broke off and was unuseable and dangerous. I don't have the thousands of dollars to have new steps poured.
Thanks for looking - This is the area i'm working w/ - the steps go up the left side of the garageThis message has been edited. Last edited by: out on a limb,
This is the step in partial state of fixing that had broken off...I use thinset mortar mix that you use for laying ceramic tile. It works well for outside because it has a bonding agent and vinyl additives in it to help it adhere to different surfaces.
On one of my trips to lowes, the grey wasn't there, so i grabbed white...This message has been edited. Last edited by: out on a limb,
And the final project...I do have to paint them - that'll be this weekend after the mortar mix has time to set up real good and the heat and humidity aren't as high. I'll paint them dark green like the shutters in the first picture.
I did this to my front steps 3 yrs ago and they are holding up really well!!! Still look as good as the day i finished! These steps aren't used as much as the front ones.
There's still alot of concrete repair to do, but this project is done - and i'm resting for now. I have the retaining wall in the alley to patch and then the cracks in the garage - but again - that'll be another day!!
It's definitely not a pro job - but looks pretty good (I think) And I have about $70 in it.
You're right Linerhof!! Old houses definitely has a lot of cool things that new construction doesn't have or you pay an arm & leg for.
I will post a picture after I get them painted. I do have the paint for the steps - but don't have the paint for the garage. SW has paint on sale 40% this weekend coming up I think...gotta look at the coupon.
I do live in a neighborhood that perfection isn't required - almost perfect works, and I'm glad. There are definitely some suburban neighborhoods that I could not get away w/ this level of repair - but thankfully, here, this looks great!
I love older homes compared to new ones. I've driven myself looney a long time with the mentality that everything has to be perfect. Our home is 64 years old and I started to think of it this way...a 64yr. old person would have wrinkles and maybe a few scars, so I see the cracks in my home as its "wrinkles" and imperfections as "scars". Makes me feel a little better about everything not being perfect.
Thanks ladies...i tore up carpet in my bedroom to stain woodwork and to get ready for new carpet in a couple weeks. The floors underneath are beautiful, but i do like carpet in my bedrooms - and I got too good of a deal on the carpet!! Someone else can refinish the floors and enjoy them.
just one question..did you use a sand-based paint for traction?? noticed you don't have an handrail of any kind...is this the only access to the house?This message has been edited. Last edited by: sjf,
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Wow, you did a super, duper job! I love the nice contrast that the green provides, and I'm so impressed you did the work yourself. A little know how and a lot of hard work can save a person BIG bucks. Give yourself a pat on the back.
Originally posted by sjf: just one question..did you use a sand-based paint for traction?? noticed you don't have an handrail of any kind...is this the only access to the house?
Yes, there is sand in the paint. I got the paint at SW and had them put it in there. Although, they also stopped making the floor paint in a gloss finished - my preferred sheen for outside - probably due to the slickness factor. The floor paint now only comes in a satin finish.
No, thankfully, it's not the only entrance into the house. I use this access the least. The garage is attached to the basement, and that is actually the entrance that I use the most. There is another exit off the other end of the back porch that allows me to walk down the alley.
I had someone else mention a handrail, and never really thought that there wasn't one til then. The only time i really use those steps is when I am accessing the water faucet that is located on that side of the house.
Beau's Rose - the color is Laurel Woods from SW. It is a real dark green.