How to make your own concrete fake staircases that look so natural
Great landscape slope idea's
Make your own artificial rock staircases stepping stones and step treads is an excellent follow on from learning the techniques of
building solid synthetic concrete rocks.
Artificial handmade garden staircases are not only practical and functional they have the ability to
become an outstanding artificial rock based feature in your landscape.
This method is based off the solid artificial rock making techniques and brings about the ability to add to your list of garden
and landscaping possibilities and expand on new Fake rock making ideas. The Artificial rock Staircases are not only a potentially stunning addition to the landscape they can also frame your other rock and garden layout.
The future faux rock staircase profile has been dug out in between concrete mounds that are to become largish fake boulders. Birdwire is then rolled down the step cut outs so as to bind the concrete foundation when it is poured.
A scene of blobs of concrete on a slope or so it seems. With each image we will see how these structures fit together but also that there is a strategic placement involving each "blob".
With the making of this fake rock staircase it was decided to buy in premixed concrete. This is not a prerequisite as you could also mix
your concrete in a cement mixer
it's a lot cheaper just more work.
The concrete has been carved to shape as it was setting and the job of completing the large and solid fake rock boulders has begun in earnest.
Note the large artificial rock on the left that has been built over the edge of the block wall so that it merges naturally into the pretend rockwork outcrop.
The shaping texturing and colouring of the rock steps starts from the top so that you wont be walking over your work and its better for your back.
Each rock steptread is shaped to wrap in and around the completed faux rock boulders.
The completion of the staircase and the artificial rock like finish is a little bit on the bright side however this is to compensate for around 20 percent fading and natural maturing.
The artificial rock staircase 6 months later and it can be seen that the fake rock staircase has mellowed somewhat into a much more natural colouring. The original selection of plants have really started to take off which is not surprising given this is in a sub tropical setting and had 20 inches of rain in four months.
A year later now and what could only be described as a fully maturing and successfully planned landscape setting with the very comfortable to walk on faux rock staircase and the stunning handmade large boulders to compliment.
Our Artificial Rock Staircase DVD's and Download Staircase Booklet
will Guide you from "Start to Finish" with your Staircase Project
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