There are just two things standing in the way of getting the siding on our house now. One of them is a complete lack of time in which to accomplish that task, and the second is a complete lack of concrete pads on the porches. Since, you know, siding starts from the bottom up, so we need to have the floor in place first.
However, that dear, dear man I live with got the ball rolling on the concrete pads big time today, and we’re just a few pieces of lumber shy of being ready to pour the mud. Which means I’ve got a decision to make in the next, oh, 24 hours or so.
The floor in the Station is colored, stamped concrete and it turned out beautifully so we’re also planning on coloring and stamping the concrete on the porches. The question is… what color?
The house, if you recall, is going to be a lovely shade of gray/green called Gloucester Sage.
If I can ever sort out the great cedar beam fiasco of 2010, the wood on the porch railings and deck will look like the wood on the door. And the the foundation will be covered with a cultured stone, I’m thinking similar to the Aspen Country Ledgestone from Owens Corning.
I like a mix of grays and browns without fully committing to either color, which was how I picked out the roof color.
The question is, should the concrete pads lean more towards the gray, or more towards the brown?
Here are the colors I’ve narrowed it down to. Kind of.
Here’s a quick note on concrete colors, since I used to be in the business. There are a few ways to color concrete… you can pour it standard gray and then stain it once it’s cured, you can mix an “integral” color into the wet concrete before it’s poured (which will color the concrete all the way through), and you can sprinkle a colored “release” onto the concrete after it is poured but before it is cured, which gives a more textured look.
We did a buff integral color with a walnut release for the station floor, and it looks like this…
I really like the color, but it’s way more brown that I’d like for the porch pads.
Something like the “smoke hardener with walnut release” in the upper right of the samples really appeals to me on paper, but I’m thinking maybe I should go a bit more gray to make sure I don’t end up too brown… something like the “pampas grass integral with colina tan release” in the lower left?
Or should I stay away from the browns and tans and just go with something like the “gator integral with deep charcoal release”?
As you can see, the possibilities are endless.
You all gave me some great things to think about with my fireplace decision (we are going with the direct vent gas insert, I believe) so I’m totally interested in your opinion… any of these colors strike you as being the one?