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Re: [Shop-talk] Skirt for a Play Cottage

Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Skirt for a Play Cottage
From: "Peter J. Thomas" <>
Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2011 00:13:07 -0500
On 1/28/2011 11:28 PM, wrote:
>   In the back yard we have a play house (8'X10') that I built 20 years ago
> for my daughter.  Now my granddaughter wants to play in it so I am about to
> do a remodel.
> The biggest problem is that it sits about 6 inches above the ground on nine
> 12" X 12" concrete pads. The last couple of years some critters have taken
> up residence during the spring under the house. I'd like to do a skirt
> around the house to keep the critters out this coming spring.
> My first thought was to use  wire fencing material around the base but my
> wife nixed that idea as ugly.
> My next idea was to use pressure treated wood around the base but that would
> still allow a critter to dig under the house.
> So what I'm thing of doing is to use  cement board, used as a base for
> laying tile, since I could dig a trench and have it several inches into the
> ground to discourage digging. I would then coat the cement board with a thin
> coat of concrete to give it the look of a foundation ( and win the praise of
> my wife).
> Any reason why the cement board would not work in this type application?
Cement board porous and not very strong.  I'd be worried about freeze 
thaw cycles.  I had a scrap outside, probably longer than your 
granddaughter would want to play in the house, but it disintegrated 
sitting on the ground under leaves.

They make vinyl coated wire mesh, usually green which would blend with 
the grass.

If you want a foundation look, lay out a cinder block foundation set in 
a shallow trench.  You could do the same with 6x6 landscape timbers set 
into the ground.

Peter Thomas
> What is the cement product called that is used to finish foundations and
> give them a smooth look?
> Thanks in advance for any suggestions
> Bob Nogueira
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