Garden Wall with Textured Stones using Pattern Impression Concrete
Category: Driveways, Patio, Paving & Walls
Garden Design Project: DWSPFG001
For this project we used PICS Textured Wall Wallcrete Pattern Imprinted Concrete or Pattern Impression Concrete to create an attractive retaining garden Wall. Wallcrete can be used on any sound Wall new or existing. The render is applied at a thickness of 28mm. We extended an existing Wall with the curved section using concrete blocks. Railings were then made (hence the brackets you can see) and later fixed to the top.
The brief was to provide parking for 2 cars and keep the upper level for the kids to play, hence the railings. The process comes from the states. It was developed by the pressed concrete Driveway and decorative Paving industry. There was a small amount of additional Landscaping which included 20mm round Gravel from Derbyshire aggregates for the hard standing. The house is by the coast so the pebble-like round chippings were most appropriate.
There are a variety of designs and each design has a variety of interlocking mats. The one we used has three which we used horizontally and then turned them upside down on the row below to break the pattern. The render is Textured again using a variety of Textured flat mats before being impressed so that any area not pressed still has a Textured Background.
There are 10 different designs with 1-5 mats per design. There are a further 10 Textured mats, these are used before the pattern mats and in places that will be hand carved. We used the 'Mountain Dry Stack' as this is the deepest, and in our opinion most life-like.
We were also asked to Wallcrete the Walls of the main house. We hand carved the coping Stones and lintels. There are 19 coloured stains which, by diluting to different strengths, produce different tones. There are 6 pigments that can be added to the base coat, again the amount of which will alter the colour, to make sure the colours are the same exact measuring must be used. Areas can also be carved after drying to produce any desired effect block or brickwork or the above window lintel Stones for example.
The process can be used on any sound Wall, that's the idea; an existing Wall can be transferred to look like new.
Submitted By: Haydn Nelms