Business owner Walker Concreting and Resurfacing.
Stamped Concrete Carrara

Stamped Impressions Carrara

Project Description

Location: Carrara
Project Size: 55sqm

We priced this project for our clients quite a few months ago. Our client here works out at the mines in WA, and of course being on / off shifts travelling away, we had to wait until both of our schedules aligned to complete the work.

Once we reached our starting date, we hit the site quickly with wheel barrows and a skip bin, removing the existing pavers and prepping the area with the typical steel and expansion requirements.

I must admit, we got a little caught out on this one. You see, it’s Winter at the moment, the job is completely under cover, and typically with those aspects, it is a two man job for something this size. However, the concrete decided it wasn’t playing ball and went off like a bat out of hell, blocking the pump at the end and hardly giving us time to even screed the concrete, then having to put a stamp into it.

Needless to say, it was a tough day for myself and my off sider, with both of us cursing the liquid grey while throwing back a few cold ones to forget the torture.

All that being said though, we managed to stay on top of it, ripping the calous from our hands and going like we were 20yo again. A lovely release applied with a good pattern, to return on another day for cleaning and sealing.

A few days later, I washed off the release agent, then gave it a good acid clean just to make sure to bit the surface just a little for the new sealer that was to come later on.

I returned today for a full acrylic seal of the concrete over two coats, which penetrated really well into the new colours and really made the Peppercorn colour w/ Burnt Brown Offset over a Flemish Impression really pop and stand out.

A lovely finish for a great client. I wish we had more stamped work. We really do enjoy this style of finishing. Public opinion on the Gold Coast seems to be low of stamped due to longevity of the product. If clients would just follow advice and re-seal their decorative concrete every 18th months, these 1st class finishes would last for years and years to come.

But alas….I’m just preaching to a deaf choir.

We also finished a nice little spray this week over at Pacific Pines, I’ll get something written up for that over the weekend as well.

Stamped Concrete Carrara
Stamped Concrete Carrara
Stamped Concrete Carrara
Stamped Concrete Carrara
Driveway Resurfacing Upper Coomera

Driveway Resurfacing Upper Coomera

Project Description

Location: Upper Coomera
Project Size: 62sqm

This is an ongoing renovation project in Upper Coomera that we are now nearly finished on.

We’ve previously attended this site to install new concrete to the rear patio as an extension, put in a new pathway and storage area at the rear of the property, along with a small extension for the existing driveway.

We are still to return another day to complete the resurfacing to the patio and rear property areas, but came back a bit early to get the driveway all sprayed so at least the front of the property appears complete.

We firstly ground out and repaired the cracking on the driveway, then after priming, applied a modified version of the base coating, over two coats, to make the existing exposed aggregate concrete look smooth and flat.

Keeping this relatively standard, as this is an investment property first and foremost, we decided upon no taped design, rather just going ahead with a single colour in “Almond”, with off setting “Ocean Sand” and “Truffle” flecks to match the existing house colours.

A nice little project we’ve been able to fit in in our spare time, we’ll hopefully be back soon to finish everything off and ready for the market.

Driveway Resurfacing Upper Coomera
Driveway Resurfacing Upper Coomera
Driveway Resurfacing Upper Coomera
Driveway Resurfacing Upper Coomera
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Burleigh

Salt and Pepper Driveway Burleigh

Project Description

Location: Burleigh
Project Size: 67sqm

“GET RID OF MY HORRIBLE PAVERS!”, came the cries of our client from this lovely Burleigh Waters residence. So a quick quote and pencil in for some start dates and we were away.

Patience seems to always be the key for our clients these days. We offer a higher standard of work, and find our services to be in high demand, which pretty much always means our clients are having to wait at least 6 weeks for us to attend to complete their work. But this wait period, is definitely worth the distinct absence of having to worry if the work is going to be completed correctly.

This project here was quite a straight forward, standard setup. Existing pavers thrown away as far as possible (horrible, HORRIBLE things), and replace with a lovely new Salt and Pepper exposed aggregate concrete driveway and path to the front door.

All the typical extras where put into place for the reinforcing aspects, and as with most pours we are completing these days on significant hilly sections like this, we are breaking the pour off on the start of the incline (high percentage crack area), creating a physical construction joint to allow for cross slab tension in the area, then continuing the remainder of the pour on another day.

This process see’s me being onsite for another day, and only being able to pour smaller sections. But the extra day is of no concern to me if the quality of work is of a higher standard (quality over quantity), plus, it also allows more time for the placed concrete to be worked appropriately to assure there is no missing stone, the wash off is completely even and everything is completed to the highest standard possible.

Will be back now tomorrow to finish off the new concrete with an acid clean to leave our client with a lovely, shiny new exposed aggregate driveway.

Thanks kindly to our clients for your business, patience and hospitality.

Exposed Aggregate Driveway Burleigh
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Burleigh
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Burleigh
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Burleigh
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Burleigh
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Burleigh
Backyard Transformation Benowa

Backyard Transformation Benowa

Project Description

Location: Benowa
Project Size: 98sqm

On our initial inspection with this project and going through what our client was after, we were given one clear direction for a final result, “I want everything to look like one piece of concrete entertaining throughout”.

Existing was a concrete entertaining area that had not been installed correctly for drainage to begin with, along with gardens and palm tree’s everywhere as was the fashion 30 odd years ago when it all was put together.

Initially I priced to removed all the existing concrete, replace with fresh new drains and concrete and get all the water flowing correctly, along with creating a new area bringing this Benowa home up to speed in the latest decade.

After some discussions with our clients, we decided to keep a bit of the existing concrete to try and save a couple of dollars. The existing part of concrete was the only bit left in good condition, and the falls weren’t too bad for me to work the new areas in to work together.

With a plan in sight now, the machines were brought onto site to demolish the existing concrete and sub-grade the areas allowing for our new falls and drainage installation.

I decided to install only a single drain, as our client was looking to achieve a relatively seamless area without too many “wash bay” areas. Given there would only be one drain for the area with about 4.0m fall in each direction to it, I allowed approximately 50-60mm fall in all directions to the drain, and decided on a 150mm box pit draining back to existing storm water.

After the installation of the typical steel reinforcing, starter dowels and re-entry bars, the concrete was pumped in, taking it very carefully for our fall sections making sure no mistakes were made. This paid off beautifully in the end with not a single low spot visible that holds water, everything draining perfectly to storm water.

After a few days away letting the concrete set, I returned with shutters in hand ready to re-instate the small retaining wall along the outer edge, which would not only hold back the bottom of the pool section, but also act as a brace for the new decking around the pool surrounds, and a garden edging at the other end between the new fence to be installed.

From here with the wall poured and stripped, we left this project alone for about a month, leaving the builder to come in for all the decking and fence works, then finally having us return after he was finished to spray all the concrete making the whole area appear as one.

For the resurfacing, our client decided upon a relatively standard design with 800mm diamond pattern, completed with “Coal” as a main colour and off setting flecks in “Graphite” and “Natural”.

I love the transformation on this project, it really was a pleasure to see what we started with and where we took it to in the end. Our client showed some photos of his initial steps, hiring a machine to remove the palm tree’s around, then step after step it has led to a lovely, modern backyard swimming and entertaining area, that not only adds value to the property, but makes weekends seem like a dream

As always, thank you very much to our clients here, pleasure working with you and have fun enjoying the fruits of your labour.

Backyard Transformation Benowa
Backyard Transformation Benowa
Backyard Transformation Benowa
Backyard Transformation Benowa
Backyard Transformation Benowa
Backyard Transformation Benowa
Backyard Transformation Benowa
Backyard Transformation Benowa
Backyard Transformation Benowa
Backyard Transformation Benowa
Backyard Transformation Benowa
Backyard Transformation Benowa
custom concrete resurfacing oxenford

Custom Resurfacing Oxenford

Project Description

Location: Oxenford
Project Size: 250sqm

Our client for this project found us from our advertising and was interested in our custom resurfacing designs that we have completed in the past. He loved it because it’s completely custom and you don’t see this stuff around very often, so standing out from the crowd played a big hand in his decision making.

With these types of designs, a number of installers do similar designs, but everyone has their own take or rendition on it, leaving pretty much all designs completed like this being somewhat individual in nature, something you won’t see anywhere else.

We were confronted with a job here that was in relatively good condition structurally, but the old spray surface had been let go and gone to tatters, along with the concrete on the pool surrounds, patio and side access all being old and in desperate need of refurbishment, not forgetting the couple of exposed aggregate areas that needed a little more attention.

Given the size of the project, I wanted to wait until I had a completely free schedule so I could concentrate solely on this project, getting the little things right along with the extra brain power needed to apply an “on the go” finishing style that is completed by eye, on the day, with no real guidelines to work from.

So once this time came around, after about 6 weeks of our client waiting for us, I began with the hard slog of grinding off the existing spray on surface completely, followed by hand grinding all the corners, cutting out the cracking areas, grinding those back, then base coating everything, finally followed once again by rubbing everything back ready for our new surface to be applied.

This took around a week to complete the “prep” section and left me tired, bleeding and with a nose full of dust (even though full pretection was worn).

Onto the fun stuff after this, and we began our new surfacing the following week.

Now each section is very time consuming when applying this finish. We took on about 60sqm per day give or take, and this saw us start taping at around 630am and be finished up with a single coat of sealer by around 330pm each day. For comparison, the same size section with a standard design we would be finished by around the 1200pm mark each day.

So with the project all broken down into section stops that I could finish and commence work again the next day, we plugged through the whole areas, flipping and changing swirls in “natural” colour on top of “blue mountain” main, topping it off with “midnight blue” corner patching for a bit more contrast, finally finishing the whole project off with a second full coat of high grade sealer and ready for some photos.

Now this type of finish, doesn’t suit everyone. I find you either love it or hate it. I can complete this from mild to wild, with the general design being “somewhat” similar for each, but customising things to suit a clients tastes.

For instance, this design all our highlighting was completed as contrast colours to really emphasize the swirling and patching, not really aiming for things to look natural, but in turn aiming for the design itself to stand out and pop!

Another way of tackling this design is calming down the contrast colours, custom blending colours so they are closer to each other and look like variances throughout the concrete.

Another way is to use a darker colour for the swirling and patching, which then doesn’t have that pizzazzz that this particular finish here has.

Either way you look at these, they are designed to a clients tastes / desires, installed trying to match the current (or to be), colour styles of the house,and they are completely custom, one of a kind installations.

Thank you to our client for giving us a canvass to splash my creativity onto, your business is very appreciated.

custom concrete resurfacing oxenford
custom concrete resurfacing oxenford
custom concrete resurfacing oxenford
custom concrete resurfacing oxenford
custom concrete resurfacing oxenford
custom concrete resurfacing oxenford
custom concrete resurfacing oxenford
custom concrete resurfacing oxenford
custom concrete resurfacing oxenford
custom concrete resurfacing oxenford
custom concrete resurfacing oxenford
custom concrete resurfacing oxenford
Smashed Avocado Ormeau

Smashed Avocado Ormeau

Project Description

Location: Ormeau
Project Size: 97sqm

Ok, so maybe I struggled a little bit with naming this creation, but a little help from a peer had a perfect explanation for the colour splash we applied here.

Our client contacted us through our web advertising on Google here, and after turning up on time (as always), and having a price professionally written and returned to him the same day (as usual), he quickly hired our services to complete his resurfacing work.

Initially, in talking to our client about colours here, I simply gave them a little push in the direction of what I thought best worked with their houses colour scheme, which at first, did not have the “Pale Eucalyptus” colour for the border, but rather “Fossil”, which is a bit more of a brown tone. Our client here made the final executive decision to go with the Pale Eucalyptus, which had us a little worried contrasting against the “Ocean Sand” main colour. It really wasn’t up until everything was sealed at the end, that the true colours came through and everything worked exceptionally well.

The rear patio on this house had been poured by one of our clients neighbours, and finished ready for either tiling or resurfacing. The front driveway was in great condition, but both just needed a heavy acid and pressure wash prior to priming and applying our resurfacing products.

We went with 12mm line tape for the border out the front and a border width of 140mm, whilst out the back, due to the smaller scale of the patio, I decided on 8mm line tape with a 100mm border, so as to not take away any area on appearance.

With border projects, typically we will complete the border first, then fully tape it off so no other spray gets onto it. I like my borders being free of flecking and of a bulk appearance.

So after completing the borders and taping them off, the main coatings were applied to the patio and driveway concrete, finishing the final layers off with a larger nozzle to make sure the texturing is of my liking.

Finally as always, a couple of blending flecks through the main areas and a full double coat of Hi Build Acrylic Sealer.

I love seeing transformations on older concrete with our resurfacing techniques, gives a great deal of pride in the work we have just completed.

Thanks as always to our clients here, it was a pleasure and I wish you all the best for your future.

Smashed Avocado Ormeau
Smashed Avocado Ormeau
Smashed Avocado Ormeau
Smashed Avocado Ormeau
Smashed Avocado Ormeau
Smashed Avocado Ormeau
decorative resurfacing ormeau

Driveway Package Ormeau

Project Description

Location: Ormeau
Project Size: 75sqm

This is a project we just completed that began through a standard quotation for site unseen before the house had started to be built. Once things got underway with the house, we sat down with out clients to finalise pricing and design options, then from there played the waiting game until the house was finished and we could start work.

Once start time came around, our clients needed to add onto the concrete section as the side of the house with the retaining wall was a water hazard and needed a hard surface and drainage to take care of it. A plumber was called in to install the drainage, then we returned to commence our works.

The driveway and side path installation I have already put a report up about, and it being a pretty standard install I won’t go into anymore detail here about it.

After the concrete was poured though, our patient clients waited for a break in our work load to return and finish off the decorative spray surface.

Upon returning a solid acid clean and pressure wash was given to the concrete to remove any unwanted properties, along with etching getting ready for the new coatings.

We decided on this one to keep things relatively simple, just using the colours of the house and combining it with an external border and some flecking to break things up in the middle, then of course a full acrylic sealing at the end.

I really personally like this design, it’s a very simple approach but very effective to bring out the best of your house frontage.

Thanks to our clients for their work, all the best with the rest of the moving in!

decorative resurfacing ormeau
decorative resurfacing ormeau
decorative resurfacing ormeau
decorative resurfacing ormeau
Colour Concrete Robina

Decorative Concrete Entrance

Project Description

Location: Clear Island Waters
Project Size: 17sqm

Our VERY patient client on this project was recommended to me by a work mate who said that if you need a fancy decorative finish, we are the guys to call! Always brilliant being recommended, we work hard for our reputation.

This one here is one of the smaller projects that we do, and to be honest, if it was a cold call, considering how busy we are at the moment, I probably would have passed the job onto another contractor. But on recommendation, even though our client had to wait over 6 weeks, I found some time in our schedule to complete the work.

Our client here is basically separating the home into two sections for bed and board purposes, so a new entrance way has been installed. Existing was also a lovely wet stencil job that had been completed many years ago, and is still today holding the true test of time, big thumbs up to the initial contractor.

However, there have been a couple of attempts at adding extensions at the rear of the property, which have both failed to hold colour and consistency. This is no fault of the other contractors installing, rather, today’s concrete just ain’t what it used to be, this is the reason we don’t use throw on colour anymore, because it just doesn’t hold together on the surface and soon wears through to plain grey concrete.

We talked with out client here about installing colour through concrete, separating this entrance from the other concrete deliberately to identify pathway from entrance. We also decided on a stipple finish, tooled concrete joints and highlighting the edges and joints along the way.

With everything dug out, we completely this one in a single day, chaired mesh throughout, starter dowels at entrance points and able flex against the wall.

Even though this is only a little one, these ones are still sweet when we get to play around with the finish and show our true skills as finishers.

We will return next week to seal the concrete surface, then at a later date to complete some more concreting up the side of the property.

Colour Concrete Robina
Colour Concrete Robina
Colour Concrete Robina
Colour Concrete Robina
concrete canvass gold coast

Canvas Laid

Project Description

Location: Gold Coast
Project Size: 155sqm

Since the start of the new year, I must admit I’ve been struggling a little bit. Being inflicted with only what I can call ADHD, if I can’t keep my mind completely devoted to something, little demon’s pull me in a million different directions as far away from that thing as they can get me.

So my challenge throughout life, has always been to keep those little demons hidden by constantly challenging myself. Now with concrete, I’ve been getting bored. I think to be honest, I’ve reached a level with my concreting where it just basically isn’t a challenge anymore. I’ve started moving the business a little away from concreting as a primary source of work, and concentrating more of my advertising and marketing towards true decorative resolutions to clients problems.

Over the past few weeks, we have installed concrete at two separate properties, which to my little demon’s discomfort, have been basic, plain grey installations, keeping the boredom levels at an all time high….however….the knowledge that both of these concrete installations are only a “canvas” if you will for our new decorative resurfacing, has really given my a little more vigor to endure the tediousness of their installations.

Our first property up at Ormeau, is a new house build where to be honest, we won’t be doing anything total fancy at all, just a simple finish with bulk coloured border with a different main colour, off set by multiple flecking, but having the “canvas” mindset, allow all the multiple drainage point installations, mistakes by plumbers that needed correcting, general blood sweat and tears during the installation seem all a little worth while.

Our second project on the other hand, is a little more complex.

Down at Benowa, our client has been in the process of doing a complete revamp to the pool area, patios and side access areas, along with the main driveway which has been well damaged throughout construction.

This week we commenced our section of this project by excavating the majority of bad concrete areas, removing the old retaining walls and prepping the areas for new concrete. Now the trick with all this, is leaving certain sections of the existing concrete, bonding them together with the new concrete areas so not only does everything look flat and even throughout, but also drains water correctly not leaving any bird baths if you will.

After excavation, installation of the drainage was completed, deciding upon a single center drain for the area in a box format running back to existing storm water connections.

We then poured the base of concrete with all falls towards the new drainage point, keeping levels even throughout all outside permiters.

Next week on this project, we will return complete a 400mm semi retaining wall / upstand adjoining the pool, along with a new set of stairs leading up to the pool.

From there, we have some demolition of concrete at the front of the property, followed by replacement, then resurfacing of the entire rear and front of the property finishing everything off nice and evenly throughout.

There’s quite a few projects on the go at the moment, with many over lapping each other.

Thank you to our clients for your understanding on delays, the new wind of enthusiasm for my business direction has seen an elevation in quantity of business, I’m doing my best to supply top service to all of you.

concrete canvass gold coast
concrete canvass gold coast
concrete canvass gold coast
concrete canvass gold coast
concrete canvass gold coast
concrete canvass gold coast
Concrete Driveway & Surrounds Hope Island

Concrete Options

Concrete Options

Good ol’ concrete. Been around since the Roman times, realistically has only several appearances in variation of finish, but can be applied to almost anything, creating wonderful structures simple by mixing some of mother natures natural resources.

For us though, what we provide are residential finishes for your houses.

Over the past 20 odd years, there isn’t really much that we haven’t had our hands on for experience, so the level of expertise is second to none.

I do find however, that specialising allows a trade person to focus on a particular area, and instead of being a “jack of all trades”, become a master of what we do.

Not only do we provide all installations of our concrete works up to Australian Written Standards, but you’ll find in most cases, because we are concreting an area that is either a decorative installation (colour concrete), or something that will have decoration added to later (spray on resurfacing), our technical standards are far beyond what is considered “acceptable” workmanship.

Following are some basic examples of what we can provide our clients.

Plain Concrete Installation

Although the most basic of installations in regards to concrete, it is also the most common world wide. From pathways to bridges and sky scraper buildings, plain concrete is literally everywhere you can see.

For us, it is a rarity to pour plain concrete that will not have another finish applied at a later date. In our line of the industry, plain concrete is more used for the installation of the house slab itself, of which I refuse to work on anymore at this stage in life.

So you’ll find us installing plain concrete for a driveway, house surrounds or house extension with the intention of either spray resurfacing or epoxy resurfacing the top at a later date.

However, there is the odd exception where the right job comes along at the right price and we pull the boys out of the woodwork for a day on a deck, picture attached may or may not be having a little too much fun on one of these days.

Concrete Deck Ashmore

Colour Through Concrete

Colour Through Concrete is what you could call a modern approach to colouring your concrete.

Typically in years past, your contractor would pour plain concrete, only to throw the coloured Iron Ore pigments into the surface and finish accordingly.

However, this old way had a limited life span, if the client didn’t maintain their concrete, the colour would wear off and look horrible (not to mention the health hazards of throwing the powder colour on in high winds).

So these days, we have our concrete supplier mix the colour directly into the brew when batching our concrete. This colours the concrete right through and will hold the test of time (and erosion), keeping your colour true for years to come.

decorative concrete gold coast

Exposed Aggregate Concrete

Now this is where the quality of installer really shines through. There are contractors who are concreters, then there are contractors who can install exposed aggregate correctly.

From start to finish, every step of the way for installation of exposed aggregate requires attention to detail. Correct decision making and a keen reliance on past experience to make sure your stone is exposed correctly and evenly, no screed lines are in the surface, and your concrete will last the test of time and not erode and lose stone as it gets older.

Shoot us an email for some address’s of our work, go out and have a look, then take a walk around and look at 90% of other exposed concrete installations. A keen eye will see the separation in quality quickly and not hesitate to give us a call to install your new exposed driveway.

Concrete Driveway Upper Coomera

Stamped Impressions

Stamping of concrete is ever so popular in America, and really took off here in Australia during the 80’s and 90’s. However, the old process of throwing the colour in, combined with clients not maintaining their product, soon led to it becoming less popular as the finish got older and started to deteriorate.

But never fear! We have re-designed the wheel…..so to speak.

We’ve adjusted our installation to allow for colour to be mixed through the concrete completely (see coloured concrete above), then by applying off setting release agent colours, have come up with a similar overall look and appeal to the finish, whilst allowing the concrete to maintain its visual appeal for years to come.

With lots of different impressions that can be used, have a chat with us about what we can provide, even though it’s not done much anymore, I love stamping and welcome any new work for it.

stamped concrete

Mixing Things Up

Don’t get caught in the mindset of your decorative concrete installation having to be just a solid, singular design.

Why not use a few simple techniques of adding flavour to your installation.

  • A border in a different coloured exposed stone?
  • A border in a different colour concrete?
  • Tile inserts on your exposed installation?
  • Colour in your exposed concrete?

Have a chat with us today about some custom designs for your new decorative concrete installation.

decorative concrete