The concrete guys came through for me!! They told me they would be here between 7:30 and 8:00am on Saturday morning, so I was expecting them about 9:00am. That’s just what I’m used to when it comes to working with subcontractors. Well, they showed up at 7:45, and got right to work!
Just before they started, I managed to get a couple of quick pictures of the room in its pre-new-concrete state, so that you can see it in all its glory. Here’s the view looking towards the back of the room (that will eventually be pantry). The other men who came last week (the ones I hope will be “my people”) wanted to see what was above the plywood on the ceiling, so that’s why the ceiling looks even worse than usual. But anyway, the story here is the floor.
You can see one of the large cracks in the photo above, and the whole floor was covered in 9 x 9 asbestos tiles in two different colors in the design of a large treble clef. Don’t ask me why. 🙂
And here’s the view towards the front of the room.
And here’s the second big crack with some of the tiles missing.
So they started by determining just how much the floor needed to be raised in order to meet up with the underside of the subfloor boards under the kitchen floor. They had this big, fancy, very expensive self-leveling spinning level that they put in the middle of the room. The small part on the top spins and shoots a level line around the entire room. And then he used the thing leaning against the wall on the left and placed it in various places in the room and along the wall to determine where the level line was.
Then they drilled holes about 5 inches deep into the floor.
And then put these special nails into the holes sticking up about an inch or so.
He said those are used to anchor the new concrete to the old concrete.
And then they started pouring the concrete at the back end of the room (the future pantry). While they were working, they set up the spinning level in the front window, and then as they would pour some concrete, they guy would take this tool that “talks” to the spinning level to see if they had poured enough concrete. When the level line being shot around the room by the spinning level hits a certain point on this tool, it beeps really loudly.
They poured a good two inches of concrete on most areas of the floor.
When they got a large section poured, they went back over it with this really big float.
They started at the back of the room (the pantry side), then did the middle part towards the kitchen, and then did the front of the room, working their way out the garage door.
And here’s what it looked like with the entire floor covered in freshly poured concrete.
They waited about an hour and then troweled the entire floor.
And after the first troweling, it looked like this…
They troweled it a total of three or four times, waiting about an hour between each time. After the final troweling, it was very smooth.
They started about 8:00am and finished up around 4:30pm. It was a lot of work, and that’s with three men doing the work. I’m so glad I paid to have this done!
And here’s what it looks like this morning after drying for about 36 hours.
It’s not pretty yet, but just having this floor level, and ready for me to put flooring onto, has felt like such a huge weight off of my shoulders.
This room has never really felt like part of the house to me. I think it was because of the step down from the kitchen floor into this room, plus the terrible state of this room. It’s pretty much been a storage room and even a work room since the day we moved in. I’ve used this room for sawing wood, mixing concrete for my countertops, painting my kitchen cabinet doors, and so much more. It’s been the forgotten and badly mistreated room for far too long now, so it’ll be very fun to see it transformed into an area that Matt and I will enjoy on a daily basis.
And now that this major step is finished, I feel like the rest of it will be very manageable. I have to wait for the concrete to cure for about four or five days, but they said that by Thursday or Friday, I can start putting down my plywood subfloor, and then getting my hardwood flooring installed in here. That will totally transform this room and make it feel like part of the house!!
I took a couple of videos! Nothing fancy, but you can see the process they used.
My pantry is finished! Want to see the entire project from start to finish? You can find every single post about the pantry build right here…
Or you can skip to the end and see how it turned out. Here’s a peek of the finished pantry…
You can see more pictures on the before and after post right here…