Cover a 1,500+ Square Foot Terrace with 24" Hand-Made Tiles... No Big Deal? How about when you're 75 Years Young? And You Made the Cement Tiles Yourself with Concrete Molds?
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Large Tile Terrace Project
From this 24"x24" Olde World Mold... to this beautifully tiled outdoor terrace.
HERE'S HOW IT'S ALL DONE...
I am planning my next project to start this winter to make 2400 of the #1150 pavers and lay in the spring on two walkways. This 1st project was a lot of hard work but I really did enjoy it. By the way - I am 75 years old. I am mailing you a C.D. with pictures and a copy of this e-mail.
When I asked Gene about mentioning his age on his contest page, I received the following answer...
I was a mechanical engineer for 35 years, but to make and work with concrete tiles, you need little to no experience - mostly common sense. In fact, if I was younger I would consider opening a stone casting shop in this area. But too much water has flowed under the bridge for me to do that now.
I hope my pictures are ok on the C.D. I didn't have a contest in mind when I did the project. I just took photos along the way.
The Stepping Stone mold is actually 2.75" deep. Gene poured his "tiles" .75" thick.
You set up production in your garage... You get the cats to keep the dust off the tiles... You clean the cement surface for good adhesion...
You line up tiles so they're handy and close... You mix your mortar and start laying out tile... You really put your back into it before aging sets in...
You take a close-up photo of the installed tiles... You stain and seal some of the tiles for motivation.. Then you stand back and admire your work.
Front entry porch completed The right side of the terrace completed. Time to continue laying tiles on the left side.
The last of the terrace needs to be laid. The left half of the terrace is stained and sealed. Time to admire the remainder of the terrace.
The porch and entrance all that remain to be admired. A single stained and sealed tile >