Expert Concrete Finishing

Sponsored by:
Georgia Mountain Concrete

Concrete plays a major role in the Mountain Model Home and Cabin. All of the exterior walls are made of concrete poured into ICF foam walls. All of the ground level floors are stained slabs of concrete. I wanted to be sure I worked with someone who is highly skilled. Yet there are not many good concrete contractors in this area. Brian Schmitz with Georgia Mountain Concrete has done a very fine job with all of our concrete work.

The first stage for Brian was pouring the footers. The footers were dug. Steel reinforcement was placed. Then we waited for inspection. Then he ordered the concrete and arranged for another contractor to pump the concrete from the truck up to the cabin.

Brian suggested that we set the ICF blocks in the wet footers. As the footers dry, this would reinforce the ICF walls to make them easier to fill with concrete later.

The next step was the floor slabs. After the inspector gave us approval, Brian arranged for the concrete and pumper. He made sure everything was correct before the concrete trucks arrived. The cabin and most of the house were poured and finished in one day.

Here the concrete is being poured. Brian directs the concrete chute while my son spreads the concrete to where it is needed.

This is the first stage of leveling the concrete using chalk lines as a reference. The long board (a screed) is pulled through the concrete as my son makes sure there is a little extra to fill in the low spots.

Here the concrete is leveled even more.

This finishing machine has rotating blades that make the concrete even more smooth. The machine is used again and again until the concrete is smooth enough. Can you see the rectangular area to the right? This is a recessed floor for the bathroom. The entire floor of this room slopes down to the shower drain so we won't need a shower curtain. This required a lot of effort on Brian's part to trowel the concrete floor into these compound angles.

Next came the poured ICF walls. This is very tricky. If the concrete is too wet, it will blow out the foam blocks. If it is too dry, it will not fill in all of the areas inside the wall. While the walls are being poured, they must be carefully watched to make sure the blocks or window frames are not stressed. Everthing went very well. The cabin was poured and anchor bolts were set in a half day.

If you would like more information about Georgia Mountain Concrete, see the top of the page to contact Brian Schmitz.

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