Concrete wall reveal

The day following the pouring of the concrete, we were ready to pull off the plywood forms and see what lay beneath. Leaving the plywood on for more than a day would cause them to adhere too firmly to the concrete and make them extremely difficult to remove. We were a bit nervous. We had been pegging a lot on how these walls would turn out – they would be, after all, our finished interior walls, so I really hoped they wouldn’t look like crap.

First we had to remove all of the exterior bracing that the builders had spent four days installing, tweaking, levelling, and straightening.

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They had done a great job. The walls were perfectly straight and square.

We started unscrewing the plywood forms and Cha-Ching!

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They looked frickin’ awesome!

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As we removed the forms, I had to chuckle, because the builders, who had for the previous week been cursing the Nudura One system, as they saw the finished look decided the would “use it again.” I guess looks due make up for a bad personality from time to time.

We spent about two hours removing all of the forms. As we got towards the base of the floor, we crossed our fingers hoping that it had all settled nicely to the bottom without any “honey combing” of the concrete that would need to be parged. Impressively, it looked excellent all the way from top to bottom.

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Dang, those are sexy walls.

4 thoughts on “Concrete wall reveal

  1. As near as I can tell from the Nudura website, the Nudura One product leaves a small circle of black plastic (where board attaches to web) exposed. They mention parging to cover it. Is that true, did you leave it exposed, and does exposed seem acceptable as a finished wall?

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    1. Hi Kalen, yes you are correct. There is a small 3/4″ circle every 8″ throughout- both up and down- from where the screws attached to the forms. Personally I like them and we have decided to leave them as such. It also give any easy place to hang shelves and pictures whoever you want!The seams where the forms match up look like a bit of a large brick work of 2’x8′. Again it like it too. It’s personal preference. Traditionalists would hate it. Modernists love it. For us, the exposed concrete has better thermal performance and we like the industrial look.

      If you didn’t want the concrete wall exposed, but still wanted the thermal benefit, you could always just drywall the interior concrete wall. There would be no need to frame it- just screw into the existing holes.

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