Help identify this material!

palmcitrusbananavaFebruary 10, 2013

Does anybody know how something like this would be built? Is this stucco? or some kind of white cement? (on like cinderblocks)

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robyn_tx(8 Dallas)

Looks like stucco on rebar to me ... but I'm certainly no expert!

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 8:43PM
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deviant-deziner(Oh zone)

It is white painted or white tinted stucco.
A footing is built of concrete , metal rebar is embedded and concrete block is built up with concrete backfilling the concrete voids.

For the fire place a firebox is installed along with a flue. It becomes more complicated if you are installing a gas fireplace vs. a wood fireplace.

It's really not a DIY'er project if you include the fireplace.
If you are just considering building the circular seating area without the fireplace then I think that is in the realm of a DIY'er project.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 1:04AM
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Thanks for the replies! I was just wanting to make the seating part.

Could you help me with some instructions? Could this be put on concrete?
I was going to try the put a basic DIY fire pit in the middle...not like the one in the picture.

I will try to get a picture of the area I am trying to build it in later tonight!


    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 2:31PM
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deviant-deziner(Oh zone)

Whether you build the surround out of stone or stucco, the substructure will usually be made out of Concrete Masonry Units.
Best to pick up a library book on laying CMU or hire a professional. It requires some skill , a variety of tools and past experience will prove helpful . From

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 3:03PM
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So your saying your saying what I am trying to accomplish won't work? You can't build on existing concrete?

    Bookmark   March 4, 2013 at 1:36PM
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What about just pavers you can buy from home depot?

    Bookmark   March 4, 2013 at 1:45PM
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deviant-deziner(Oh zone)

You can probably plunk down some pavers from Home Depot, but you won't achieve the look that is in that book/ photo.

If I were given the task to design a seating ring with that existing slab I would want to do some research first to determine the slab thickness and how it was reinforced.

If I were to determine that the slab was properly reinforced and had a min. thickness of about 4 inches I would feel confident in designing the seating portion ontop of the slab but the back rest portion would be built with a footing on the outside perimeter of the slab.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2013 at 8:55PM
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