LA Good Questions: Reuse Concrete On-site?

LA Good Questions: Reuse Concrete On-site?

Gregory Han
May 12, 2008

ATLA reader Kimberly is undertaking some major renovations, inside and out of her 1920's home, and wants to reuse some of the concrete she plans to remove that currently surrounds her house:

My husband and I may be purchasing a home built in the 1920's that is a hodge-podge of styles and "up-grades." One of the first "up-grades" I would be interested in fixing is removing the plethora of concrete in various spaces around the house and restoring low-water consumption yards and gardens. I really want to try to stay green in as many ways as possible with any work we do and I am wondering if I can re-use slabs of this concrete directly, from say the driveway, for things like kitchen/bathroom counters or even a dining table...
I have read about the grinding of concrete on-site and re-mixing it for other use at that time. We would not be ready, however, to pour new counters for quite a while, and paying for an additional visit by a concrete specialist later doesn't sound cost effective when the concrete could be ground and hauled to a re-use facility at the time it is torn up. Any thoughts? Thank you, Kimberly

Anyone out there with personal or professional experience about concrete reuse?

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