Has anyone every seen a pic of a patio made from recylced concrete? I've read about this being done, and seen pics of pathways made from recycled concrete laid to look like flagstone, but I've never seen a pic of a whole patio. We have a large yard in Davis, and we're looking into different patio materials. We'd like something cheap and realitively eco friendly, and that a couple of us can lay ourselves.
I've used it for some garden paths and a small retainer wall in my yard. I actually found a big pile on my property someone dumped, probably in the middle of the night, long before I bought the house. Blackberries had grown over the pile, when I chopped them back and found the cement, I began to use it around my yard.
Tips: You would want to make sure you are getting a load with flat sides that had been a driveway or parking lot so you have a fairly smooth patio surface. It's 4 or 5 times thicker than flagstone, so you have to dig the area you want to lay it in a lot deeper. The bottom side won't be flat, so you will have to lay more gravel and sand underneath and spend more time trying to level the cement chunks. The pieces can be pretty damn heavy because of their thickness, so getting them to your house, unloading them, moving them around and even working with them is more of a chore. And finally, wear leather gloves! I've ripped up my hands a couple times working with cement chunks, even just carrying them around the yard. So, it's a lot more work to lay than flagstone, but it's a cheap DIY route to go and you have to love reusing unwanted building products.
I got more concrete than I can know what to do with and it all has to go. We are ripping up our concrete jungle in the back.
Recycled concrete is popularly called "urbanite" now. :)
I'm in Castro Valley if you are interested.
We just did this project last spring...though on a much smaller scale than what you’re looking at!
We tore up a big slab of concrete in our backyard and used some of the pieces in a small area of our dog run. We cemented in between the pieces instead of using grass/groundcover which we see a lot in our neighborhood. We (including our pooch!) are pretty happy with the outcome.
According to our neighbor (a retired mason) who was overseeing this project, there are some stains that can be purchased to make the concrete different colors (so that it takes on a more stone/slate look). We never looked into this since we were just using it in the dog run, though.
I'll post a photo in the tribe photo album (by tonight if I can get home before dark...otherwise for sure by tomorrow) so you can get an idea of the effect.
Dan's tips are right on target!
Also, check out this website for ideas on different kind of plants that can handle foot traffic that you can plant in between the concrete chunks to make it more visually/environmentally appealling.
As a follow up to my earlier post I just wanted to let you know that I posted 2 pics in the DIY Photo Album of our recent Recycled Concrete project.
Hopefully you can get an idea of the effect...
Hope this helps!
Wow See, that looks great! Like a mosiac-I love it!
oops, MOSAIC, darn fingers.....
UGH! i hauled about 5 tons of the extra concrete last month from a project-
guy tore out most of a pond, wall, and old stairs- used many of the stones to rebuild part of a retainer, and then used many of the big flat stones to remake a staircase.
very cool re use
then lugged the other 4-5 tons UP to the driveway for me to haul, totally insane
concrete recyclers crush up the slabs for re use as aggregate (hooray for the bridge and other projects re starting, CHEAP dumping)
but you could probably get concrete cheap from them if needed.
i imagine concrete recycling operations exist in any area large enough to support the business...