We had a client this past year whose concrete sidewalk needed a facelift. It was old, dirty, and created a lackluster pathway leading to the entrance of an otherwise beautiful home. The homeowner previously tried to pain the sidewalk in an effort to hide the ugly concrete. Have you ever heard the saying you can’t paint a dirty wall ? I’m not sure if it’s supposed to mean anything more than the literal sense but what I can tell you is how much it rings true.
The task of improving the sidewalk wasn’t too daunting; the client knew exactly what they wanted and already had the materials for it. The issue came in when we needed to make the sidewalk level with the adjacent patio. Read on to see how we tackled it!
Step One: Clean and Sand
If concrete isn’t cleaned and sanded, nothing will stick to it. So to start on this project, we first needed to get this sidewalk washed and primed for what was to come.
Step Two: Add the Brick
The good news about this project was that when the walkway was initially installed, the concrete was intentionally set lower than the driveway and the front porch so the homeowner could eventually add to it.
Step Three: Fix the Patio Next Door
To the right of the sidewalk was a paver patio that was set by the homeowner and had sunk overtime. To ensure that everything was level and would last throughout the years, we decided to fix the patio too.