This concrete construction job profile is on architectural concrete steps. This homeowner contacted us about turning his aged wood steps into concrete steps. He wants to improve the appearance of his house as well as make it safer as the existing wood steps were starting to move and creek when you walked on them, a definite safety issue.
We sketched what the new steps would look like with concrete, which was very similar to the existing, showing where support would be for the latest concrete stairs.
The massive 2′ thick structural wall was built first to hold the cantilevered concrete steps to be poured later. Piles and footings were poured monolithically at the same time with rebar connecting those element
The cantilever landings will have a lot of stress connecting the two atop the structural wall; an excessive amount of rebar 15M and 20M were used on this portion of the concrete stairs. Epoxy was dowelled into the structural wall on both sides, so there was no movement or pull away from the house or structural concrete wall in the future
After the concrete was poured, forms were left on 28 days to reach 90 plus percent of the concrete strength, so when forms are removed, there would be no movement at any hinge points in the concrete. It worked well as no cracks appeared on this concrete stair job
We do not like to brag, but ….. The job turned out near flawless, and nothing is perfect. The owners were pleased with the result, keeping most of the original wood design they liked, then turning it to a beautiful modern, robust structural concrete set of stairs.
If you have a concrete step project, or any project the craftsmanship matters, give us a call or send your plans today, we would be happy to build your architectural concrete project.