Martin Tyciak built this gorgeous cordwood patio-terrace at his home in Slovakia. Here the 2-inch cordwood slices are being hammered into place so they are level. The base of gravel had already been tamped to make a firm and level foundation. Martin used wood from fruit trees for his patio.
A dry mix of river sand, broken stone ballast and cement fill in the empty spaces. The more unique the slices the more interesting the patio. Nod of approval from the blue-eyed hound. Note that the patio is built within a framework. The mixture of sand, cement and ballast is given a light water bath to make it set up. We have found that it is best to seal the faces of the log slices before using grout or mortar in the “in-between” spaces. If necessary, before the mixture “sets up” the patio is vibrated with a hand stamper to make certain it continues to be even and level. Martin’s dog gives the final “paws” of approval. He “abrasioned” the log faces before finishing (to make the surface less slippery). Then he used Anti-Slip Decking Oil from the UK to make the surface not be slick and to seal it from the elements. Here is the link to the product https://goo.gl/ECzdck
Very nice work Martin and thank you for sharing your beautiful patio/terrace. Your dog seems happy with his new play area and I’m sure you are too.
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