Ideas wanted -- how to change a bad walk up into something useable


Old 08-07-16, 05:31 PM
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Ideas wanted -- how to change a bad walk up into something useable

We have the walk up from hell. My buddy always joked that I should line it and make a swimming pool. Approximately half the walkup is covered by the deck coming out of the dining room. This is the bad part. The concrete slab is covered with mildew from water/rain dripping down from the deck. Water collects in the 18" space between the retaining wall and the slab during a big rain. Drain pipes apparently are able to carry most of it away from the house. Fortunately we've never had rain come in through the sliding glass door.

The other half isn't so bad it's landscaped and is decent to look at most of the year.

The whole damn thing though is a waste of space for the most part. I'd like to ask the construction company what in the world they were thinking when they built this thing.

The bigger concern is of the retaining wall failing to retain. The house was built in the early 70's. But that's a different discussion topic.

Any ideas how to turn this space into something usable, and get the water off the slab thus stop the mildew? We go down there now and think what a disgusting mess.
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Old 08-07-16, 05:45 PM
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Pictures must be out there somewhere. Try this.
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The mildew on the deck and concrete can be washed off with a 50/50 solution of bleach and water. A pressure washer makes the job easier but an old broom and water hose will also do the job. Just getting everything clean will make the space more inviting. This may need to be done every 1-3 yrs.

Trimming or removing some of the vegetation should help also.
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