Ledgestone Siding Project - Cast Using Olde World Concrete Molds in the Homeowner's Shed.
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Stone cast in workshop
Original siding before adding stone.
Scratch-coat before stone veneer
Ledgestone Veneer application and close-up
Ledgestone Veneer application completed on side
We found using the Olde Stackstone Ledgestone molds to be very easy. We experimented with different colors and found that we preferred a mixture of solid colors. After a bit of trial and error, we ended up using varying amounts of black and red dry pigment mixed into the concrete batch. By changing the amount of color, we could get a wide range of grays, reds, and browns.
We bought the 86-mold kit and used two sacks of concrete for each pour, filling all of the molds and some keystones. We found that we were able to pour every day in the summer and every other day in the winter. From stripping the molds from the previous batch, to shaking out the air from the new batch, we would average about 90 minutes for one person working. The molds were very user friendly and my wife did the majority of the pouring.
The stone wall we made was about 150 square feet. We estimated that purchasing stone and paying a contractor to install them would be about $7,000. We estimate that we spent about $540, including the molds, concrete, color, admixture, and tools (mixing blade, trowels, buckets, etc). Working on weekends, we were able to install the veneer over seven days. The scratchcoat took two days. We poured many more stones to continue a water table around the rest of the house and so our per square foot costs will continue to go down. We've poured about 500 square feet of stone and the molds are holding up great!
People in our neighborhood were very interested in our project and we continue to receive many compliments on the finished wall. Strangers driving have stopped and offered praise and encouragement. We shared your product information with many of them. People are amazed that we created the stones ourselves. They would swear they look like real stones!
Thanks very much,
JAY & MANDI SILCOX