It is finished! I am so excited to share my latest outdoor project with you! The concrete blocks around our porch have been an eyesore. We started one afternoon on the corner next to the pool and then it started raining. I think it rained almost every day for three weeks. We caught a break a few times and worked on the foundation when we could.
How to Add AirStone to Block Foundation
Thanks to AirStone and Loctite for partnering with me on this project. As you can see from the photos, the foundation looks so much better now.
The before photo was taken just after the pool was put in last year, that exposed block was like a thorn in my side. I could not stop looking at it with an evil, side eye! We worked so hard building the outdoor kitchen,I just wanted the whole space to look great and now it does. We only have one more major outdoor project and that is to replace the wood on the stairs that go to the storage space about the cottage (hoping to hire that out)!
Here’s a Facebook Live video that I did before we started the project:
AirStone is a lightweight option for turning plain cement blocks in to a stone wall. Every carton of Airstone is made from 6 recycled wine bottles, I wonder if some were ours?
Here’s what you need:
AirStone Wall Stone ( I used Spring Creek)
AirStone Corner/Finished End Stone
2″ x 4″ or other common board for creating a level line
Loctite construction adhesive
saw (we used a miter saw and a table saw)
folding table (for staging the stone and adding the adhesive)
Here’s what we did:
We had two corners for our project. We started on the outside corner near the pool. We were dealing with two different levels of ground. We used pieces of wood to level the corner.
- Started at the bottom corner, we added the corner end stones. Each corner stone is packed with it’s mate. There is a flat end and a natural end for each pair. Alternate each piece as shown here.
- After finishing the corner, we started at the bottom of the left side.
- We wanted a full stone at the top. Dry stack your stones and build your straight edge bottom with the 2″ x 4 ” so that your top piece is a full stone.
- We opened several boxes of stone, each box contained different shades and sizes. In order to create a random pattern, we staged the pieces on a table. We flipped the pieces over, added the glue and placed on the wall.
- The Locktite is to be used for outside application of the AirStone, if you’re adding it inside your home, you can use the AirStone interior adhesive.
- The adhesive recommends that you support the stone for 24 hours, we left the 2″ x 4″ in place until the glue dried.
- After using the Loctite adhesive and stone along the length of the block foundation, we let this dry. After it dried we continued to work down. Cutting each stone for the bottom row as needed with the saws.
- We added the stone around this gas line, it’s not as noticeable now. I’m going to paint the top part white. I wish it would disappear. Ha, I love using the gas grill and I can live with this little eyesore.
- As the ground level changed, we lessened the row of stones to follow the natural slop of the foundation.
AirStone is 75% lighter than stone, easy to install and requires no grouting! Having Barry help me made the application go faster. We ended up using around 16 boxes of stone for this project, that’s about 128 square feet and let me tell you, that’s a lot of feet!
AirStone can be used inside and outside your home. I am very happy with the way my porch foundation looks, let me know if you try it! Check out their site, see what colors are available. They have videos and ideas for application around the house: AirStone.