Thursday, 25 October 2012

Foundation stuff up. What now?

Not sure if I've mentioned it before, but our original concretor was a bit of a monkey. In a few spots he made the slab wider than it should have been, meaning that it now sticks out. MrB has had to cut the concrete in order to make it possible for the storm water pipe to go down as opposed to stick out over the concrete...

Another thing (although this one was specified by our engineer) is that our garage is NOT lowered, meaning that it is on the same level as the rest of the house... The portico is lower than the rest by a row of bricks...and it follows the line of the extra concrete sticking out....

Now. We want a 1m wide concrete path around the perimeter of the front of the house (the back and sides have already been done). But connecting a path around to the driveway now becomes a problem, because the driveway will be higher by a row of bricks!

The options we've been able to figure out are: to have a step where the two meet, or to gradually slope the concrete down to the portico level. To me a step seems like a bit of a hazard, and the "gradual" slope seems difficult to get right there is a high possibility that it will look ugly :(

Can you think of another solution? Hopefully a safe and not so ugly one?

If it makes any difference, our home is steel frame.


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