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April 28, 2016
Owner/developer: Stuart Holdridge
Team: Absolutely Fine Concrete, concrete contractor; Stoneway Concrete, ready-mix supplier
A project to improve the driveway and front yard of a home in Bellevue’s Somerset neighborhood was designed by the owner.
The work included installation of terraced landscaping that steps down from the street. The retaining walls were composed of large, smooth-faced, board-formed panels.
By using waterproof concrete the owner will not have to worry about water coming through the walls. Installing good drainage behind the walls ensures the landscaping on the low side will always get the appropriate amount of water. The walls can last a very long time if engineered correctly.
The concrete driveway was designed to look like real stone, though it cost only about half as much. Its colors included slate gray with a medium gray release, and a natural gray with a light gray release.
Resealing the concrete every three years will keep it looking brand new for life.
The job had a moisture problem, so No. 4 rebar was installed 1 foot on center to ensure that even if there were an underground creek beneath the job the concrete would serve as a bridge.