Finishing the Patio & Clay Plaster on Tyres

As per usual, I feel guilty for not posting more updates on my work in the garden.

The weather has been outstandingly hot the last two weeks, as you would no doubt have noticed if you are UK based! This has been great for my plastering inside the building, but not brilliant for working outside – it’s far too hot!!

Before the hot weather struck, I found some time to get the patio outside of the building finished. Where the tyres end, I built up a wooden step and this frames the patio area very nicely.

The decking provides a step up around the tyre edge of the patio

The decking provides a step up around the tyre edge of the patio

On the patio, I got hold of a great cable reel which I nicely asked for down an industrial estate. It wasn’t very well protected from future element exposure, so I found a woodstain which was the right colour for me.

The original cable reel. I wanted to keep the logo markings to maintain the authentic feel!

The original cable reel. I wanted to keep the logo markings to maintain the authentic feel!

The stained cable reel looks great in my opinion. It sits very nicely on the patio, and I celebrated on a warm evening with a ice cold beer. Not a bad view, eh?

The markings on the cable reel shows through nicely. This photo shows the reel while still wet, the stain is a little lighter than this!

The markings on the cable reel shows through nicely. This photo shows the reel while still wet, the stain is a little lighter than this!

New patio, new cable reel table and a fresh beer. Glorious evening!

New patio, new cable reel table and a fresh beer. Glorious evening!

On the inside of the building, my clay plaster mix has dried on the straw, and I have started plastering over the tyres now, before I combine the two in a final coat which should finish off the wall before I can paint it and call the inside finished!

The tyre wall steps down at the back, and merge into the straw wall in the same coat of plaster.

The tyre wall steps down at the back, and merge into the straw wall in the same coat of plaster.

The straw and tyre walls have very different finishes to them. I might break this up on the finished wall with a shelf or a dado rail.

The straw and tyre walls have very different finishes to them. I might break this up on the finished wall with a shelf or a dado rail.

Once the tyres are plastered the wall has a beautiful texture to it. The bottles will push into the wall to a smooth finish.

Once the tyres are plastered the wall has a beautiful texture to it. The bottles will push into the wall to a smooth finish.

The finish of the tyres looks brilliant, in my opinion. I’m going to keep the undulating finish as part of a feature on the building, maybe separating the tyres and straw with a shelf, or other feature. We shall see how it looks when I get the paint on the walls and a flatter finish on our plaster.

Recycled Slab Patio

 

In the glorious weather two weeks ago, I made the most of the dry ground and decided to get the area in front of the door dug up and flattened. Here is a photo just before work commenced! The tyre wall at the back was finished a few days before and so all the remaining earth was excess to requirements for tyre ramming.

The patio, before clearing

Looking at the forecast for the coming week, I knew that there was rain on the way and it’s so much easier to break up the ground when it’s dry and dusty. All the earth was shifted into the floor of the building and raked flat. Despite moving what was probably over a tonne of earth, It hardly brought up the level of the floor when spread out over such a large surface!

Once the ground was flat, Some raking and sand got the level required. As luck would have it, my dad’s friend has recently pulled up a patio in his new house, and wanted get rid of his patio stones. It’s times like this I appreciate the reputation I have for re-using things, as the stones were offered to me and I took them up. We started laying them just before the rain arrived, and so we’ve not quite finished it off, but you can see what it looks like below.

Now the dirt is flat, some sand and free patio slabs go down and transform the area!

It looks pretty cool! I’m hoping to finish it this week, and then I’ll work on the tyre wall, which will eventually be covered with lime or clay plaster (as long as it’s protected from the rain!)