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Tue Mar 18, 2014

Followups on Stained Concrete.

Thursday March 13, 2014

  • Finish up painting of the interior of the HabLab
  • Found a link that contains videos for each step of building a pergola. Thought this would be helpful for creating the south facing deck area of the HabLab. For this particular pergola, there would be two beams supporting one side, and the other side would be supported by the face of the exterior wall.
  • 10 Steps with video documentation:

  • As previously stated, greenery is desired to be grown on/against the pergola. Two main options would be grapes or wisteria
  • Grapes

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  • Wisteria

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Wednesday March 12, 2014

  • I proposed the idea of colored concrete for an inexpensive yet aesthetically pleasing floor option
  • Precedents for this was a parlor
  • The following image I took while traveling in Boulder, Colorado. I was impressed with the materials used and how they came together. I initially didn't realize the floor was concrete because it looked expensive and flowed well with the rest of the interior space. The floor was a light blue color stained on concrete to create an inexpensive and attractive flooring option. Another upturn to this flooring option would be the sustainability of the material.

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  • Suggested color for kitchen of HabLab would be a dark green to incorporate the natural colors of the outdoors and the green trim of the interior


  • Concrete cleaner
  • Concrete dye
  • Concrete sealer
  • 5 gallon bucket
  • Water
  • Pump Sprayer
  • Protective gloves
  • Safety glasses


Step 1 - Choose a Color Dye

Examine the concrete pad you want to dye. You may want to dye the pad a single color or you may want to dye the concrete in a pattern. Decide what color you want to use and then purchase the dye from your local home improvement retailer.

Step 2 - Remove Sealant

Before you apply the dye, pour water on the concrete pad. If the water pools or is not absorbed into the concrete, then there is a sealant applied to the concrete. This will need to be removed with a concrete sealant stripper and the surface of the pad sanded to open the porous structure of the concrete.

Step 3 - Test the Dye

Test a small patch of concrete to make sure that the dye will take on your concrete. Let the dye dry overnight and check the color the next day. Examine the depth of the color and if it is deep then the dye will work for your project.

If the color is faded or is not deep, then you will need to strip the concrete sealer further from the concrete pad and sand the surface of the concrete. This will allow the dye to penetrate into the concrete. Conduct another dye test.

Step 4 - Clean the Concrete

Sweep the concrete and apply the concrete cleaner. Scrub the concrete completely clean, removing any dust, debris or dirt.

Step 5 - Mix the Dye

Mix the dye in the 5 gallon bucket. Pour the dye concentrate into the bucket and add water. This will dilute the dye to the desired shade.

Step 6 - Apply the Dye to the Concrete

Apply the dye to the concrete with the pump sprayer. If you are planning on an artistic application of dye in a pattern with different colors, then instead of using the sprayer, then use sponges, an airbrush or paintbrushes to apply the dye.

Step 7 - Let the Dye Dry

Allow the dye to dry for at least 24 hours.

Step 8 - Apply Sealant

Apply a concrete sealant to protect the dye and prevent cracks or damage to the cement. Using a large roller, apply the sealant in an even and consistent layer over the concrete pad. In order to avoid streaks, apply the sealant in overlapping strokes, concentrating in one area at a time. Let the dry for 24 to 48 hours before using the concrete pad.

Subnotes: You can color concrete with an acid based dye that penetrates the porous concrete. This method works for concrete countertops, garage floors, driveways, sidewalks and patio floors. It is not necessary to limit yourself to a single color of dye when coloring concrete. Try using multiple shades around your home for unique and interesting designs. This is a project that can be completed over a weekend with a bit of planning and effort.

Read more:


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Tuesday March 11, 2014

  • White-washed the exterior, south facing wall of the HabLab
  • Painted trim interior of the HabLab

Monday March 10, 2014

  • Discussion of HabLab entry design, driving design, and parking design
  • For the entrance of the HabLab,a pergola was suggested; wisteria greenery to grow on top and on sides of pergola

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  • Created preliminary drawings for parking
  • Painted chalk wall inside of HabLab

Sunday March 9, 2014

  • Review/tour of the site to understand the layout of FactorE Farm
  • Kyle Ritchie and I (search: kyle_log) went out and collected measurements for all of the buildings at the farm, recorded them, and returned to create a measured site map. By doing this, we are able to see a measurable scale of the site and accommodate new ideas and designs for the place. Our initial focus is to create a parking area for visitors. I believe a good location for this would be on the east side of the driveway when first entering the farm. This is across the driveway from the south entrance of the workshop. This would place the proposed parking area in between the current workshop and the location of where the new workshop is proposed to be built.In addition, it would keep vehicles out of site and out of way from work and agriculture area.
  • Two different ways of creating this parking area would be parallel parking on the side of the driveway or rectangular parking that cuts more into the land on the side of the driveway. Approx. vehicle parking for 10-12 cars.
  • Talked about incorporating a summer campsite, parking lot for visitors, and improvements on the HabLab
  • Painted trim on doorways of the HabLab