BBQ, Courtyard, retaining wall

Before and after pictures. Some in process. We did a skimcoat overlay on the existing concrete. Then we started the carved BBQ. While we were starting the BBQ the homeowner asked if we could also do the retaining wall. We tweaked our mix and were getting three to four inches of hang, we even had to cut some back because it was taking a lot of mix and time to lay it up.

One very nice compliment from the homeowner, " this has far exceeded my expectations". This comes from a retired High school principal. His neighbor who is a retired 30 year plus rock mason said after he saw what we did " So you decided to put in rock after all " The homeowner stated " No it is concrete that he carves and some other process and he uses some unusual tools that he makes".

Also we did some abstract letters in the carved rock. They are UW grads and huge Husky fans. He wanted purples but his wife kept saying no. Except for the W, she asked me to do a subtle purple stain in it and not tell him until it was done. The rock over the doors was a change after we had already done up the surrounding rock. The top was a skimcoat process of layering etc. The top was coated with CT Plus porcelain by White Mountain. It is a 2 part mixture tough as nails and very clear.

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Comment by Randy Murray on December 14, 2009 at 10:09pm
One note:
If anybody is using the CT plus. Make sure you use at least 2 coats if not more and make absolutely sure the underlayment is cured. I went back after we had torrential down pours for over two weeks and there was some small bubbles in a couple of places on the countertop. It was starting to get cold and the wind picked up right when I was putting it down. I have CT plus on my countertops in my house over a skimcoat and it is like glass and hard as rock. No bubbles at all. I also found an easier way of putting this down that white mountain does not even use. This does not act like epoxy at all.

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