Bob Vila and contractor John Clancy review construction of a concrete block foundation in Martha's Vineyard, MA. For more on foundations, visit: http:/www.bobvila.com.
Many people think of concrete block homes as boring, boxy slabs lacking any curb appeal. The truth is, concrete block is an extremely flexible building material, which means your dream home is limited only by your imagination.
Nothing ruins curb appeal faster than an exposed and ugly foundation. It’s also a surprisingly easy problem to solve with a little bit of creativity and some hard work.
Few house and apartment hunters put cinder block walls on their wish lists, but they're sometimes part of the package in an otherwise ideal space.
Your home's foundation serves a number of purposes, including keeping the house securely on the lot. Exposed foundations are functional, but often add nothing to the home's look. Typically made of concrete, the foundation picks up debris from dirt, plants, trees and a host of other sources.
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by Ted Cushman. In a coastal environment, house foundations need to be water tolerant as well as strong and stable. The classic poured-concrete slab-on-grade — a simple monolithic pour with nothing more than a thickened edge at the perimeter — is not enough where floodwaters from storm surge or rising water levels pose a threat.
This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to hide—and beautify—an ugly concrete-block retaining wall with a trellis. Find this Pin and more on house and garden by Jennifer Stearns.
Where the crack runs through a brick or a concrete block, use a brick chisel, angled into the crack, to widen and undercut the break. Enlarge the crack to a consistent width and clean the inside of the crack to its full depth, or as far in as you can reach.
Concrete cinder block walls are sturdy and easy to build, but they can often be unattractive when compared with the rest of your home. On many homes, the entire basement or crawlspace remains unfinished with the cinder block showing.
But there are ways to hide house foundation, if you’re creative enough. A little bit of elbow grease, free time, and imagination can turn your unattractive concrete base into something with awesome curb appeal.
Draw the Focus Elsewhere. When you place a large arrangement of artwork, furniture or a mix on or in front of your cinder block wall, the eye is drawn to the decorative objects instead of the wall.
FIGURE 1. This poured-concrete house in Pass Christian, Miss., survived the storm surge of Hurricane Katrina while all the other homes in the surrounding area, built of wood, were swept away.
How to cover a cinder block foundation. We updated our little bungalow in the suburbs with a little foundation refacing project using faux stone. The Foundation Refacing project was sponsored by The as part of The Curb Appeal Series.
Cover your concrete block foundation with stucco. This is a very easy construction alternative to hide a block foundation. You simply mix up stucco -- a mixture of Portland cement, lime, fine sand and water -- and apply it over the blocks with a trowel.
My grandpa built our house and used a concrete block for the exterior. I don’t believe there is much insulation between the drywall and the block and I don’t believe that the block was filled with concrete.
In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to hide—and beautify—an ugly concrete-block retaining wall. Steps: 1. Drill three 3/16-inch-diameter pilot holes through each end of every trellis panel.
Ideas for Hiding or Covering an Exposed House Foundation - eHow. Typically made of concrete, the foundation picks up debris from dirt, plants, trees and a host of other sources.
This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to hide—and beautify—an ugly concrete-block retaining wall. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)