Concrete Steps


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Concrete Steps

Many lots are not level and required an attractive yet functional way to get to the front door, yes you can have both. In this in-depth job profile, we will show our process from start to finish. We hope you enjoy this concrete job analysis.

Design Plan

A successful concrete project is usually reliant on having a great plan. On this construction project, we were given professional ideas by the owner, who is a designer. Professional plans always make our life easier, but many times there is not much more from than a thought we must build from. If you have no plans, no problem, Diversified Concrete will help you design something professional and on budget.

Design Plan
Construction of Concrete Steps

This job required the grade to be built up significantly over recently excavated soil. There are two popular choices when you build “grade up.” One is that you either dig down to the solid ground and build deeper concrete footings and walls or two is building-up with the use of steel piles to support the footing poured above disturbed soil. It is what we chose to do; this does not only save money but speeds up the project with no sacrifice on quality.

Excavating Construction Site
Men in Construction Site

If you have your own excavator contractor we are happy to work with them but if you do not we do have our own excavating equipment as well and are able to excavate the concrete project as required. We are equally happy with either option.

Men in Construction Site

We typically place and finish all of our concrete prep work, from footing to stamped concrete, so when you hire us, you deal with us and not subcontractors who are not familiar with the project. There is no confusion about who is working on your job from start to finish. Many homeowners have a “bad taste” in their mouths from particular companies sub-contracting all of their work & nobody knows what’s going on anymore. Still, Diversified Concrete is there 100% from day #1 until project completion.

Excavating Machines in Construction Site
Building Concrete Steps

After the concrete footing is poured, we begin building the concrete steps and architectural concrete walls. It is our favourite part of the process. If you like step nosings or chamfer walls, now is the time that we confirm those details. This customer wanted crisp, sharp edges, so we went with straight risers and tapered edge walls to be hand stoned only.

Building Concrete Steps

We use only paper face plywood, and new wood material for architectural concrete, which makes it a bit pricer than typical reused plywood wall forms, but the finish is much smoother and the only choice for dependable architectural concrete. Most times, no concrete patching is required with a combination of vibrating and tapping while pouring.

Building Concrete Steps with Plywood
Steps with Fresh Cement
Building Concrete Walls

A project like this needs to be poured in phases for the best quality and bracing purposes. The concrete we are using is a 32MPA concrete with air entertainment for any freeze-thaw cycles it may experience in the winter months. If the proper mix is not used, the durability of your concrete will be reduced, resulting in a shorter lifespan.

Building Concrete Walls

For all of our exterior concrete, we use 10m to 20m rebar at various spacings. Where appropriate, we dowel into adjacent surfaces for maximized support for the slabs and stairs. Rebar does not guarantee to crack-free concrete, but it does hold the concrete from separating significantly when or if the concrete does crack.

Man Building Concrete Steps
Construction of Steps with Cement

The final pour for this project finishes the bottom concrete stairs and concrete walkway at mid-level. The forms are stripped a few days after the pour, and this project comes to a close. The natural grey concrete stairs and landings, with architectural concrete walls, makes this job a contemporary and timeless landscape masterpiece.

Finished Concrete Steps and Walls
Beautiful Architectural Wall

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments about this project.

Beautiful Architectural Wall