So where were we – oh it’s time to add a little more concrete to the house – can’t have enough concrete I say.
After doing a lot of research of various floor solutions I decided a new concrete overlay would work the best – mainly because of the steep slope and poor condition of the concrete. If the original floor was flatter and in better shape, I probably would have used a system like DRIcore.
Now the concrete overlay should be at a minimum of 4″ thick – It’s also important to formulate the concrete so that it minimizes shrinkage and maximizes strength. The pour will be up to 7″ in some areas. Here is the corner with the full bath rough in. This will be covered up until it’s needed – if ever. Then you just break up the concrete and set your fixtures. The blue line is the target thickness. The trench is for the air conditioner condensate line drain.
You do remember this is all a freestyle design exercise, don’t you? – you are about to witness another one of my efforts that will come back to be a waste of time and money. Here you see the forms around the HVAC units. I thought I would leave the HVAC here, perfectly good units – high efficiency. Oh, well – we’ll get to that in another post.
Looking back you can see the stairs have been removed and a handy ladder takes it’s place. You can also see the steel support beam that has been installed with a proper 2′ footing underneath. This is the right location for supporting the upstairs bath. The wood post to the left holding up the stairs will be removed and a short wall will take it’s place at a later date.
Well, now we have a nice flat floor. We won’t be doing much down here for awhile – I hear a couple other rooms calling me for attention. But we’ll be back to change some things – as you know freestyle design is exhilarating as well as frustrating – and ding-dang expensive. The thing is, I have no one to blame but myself.
Next up well, tackle that new back entrance.