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.

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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!

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decorative resurfacing ormeau
decorative resurfacing ormeau
decorative resurfacing ormeau
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.

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concrete canvass gold coast
concrete canvass gold coast
concrete canvass gold coast
concrete canvass gold coast
concrete canvass gold coast
decorative concrete resurfacing runaway bay

Access Reinstatement Runaway Bay

Project Description

Location: Runaway Bay
Project Size: 60sqm

After seeing our client out at Runaway Bay, they directed me towards their ageing concrete at the back of thier lovely waterfront property, which was originally colour concrete, then cover creted by others at some stage of it’s life and was in dire need of rejuvination after over a decade with no maintenance.

As with all old spray job revivals, we whipped out the floor grinder to run over all the old surface, completely removing it revealing the existing concrete underneath, all ready and ground back for our new surfacing.

Quite a simple project really this one, in and out if you will. Nothing too detailed, just re-instate exactly what was there before. So after our grinding and cleaning, along with priming, the base coating was applied, simple tiled border taped in and top coatings sprayed in Blue Mountain with White and Coal offsetting flecks.

A full coating of acrylic sealer was applied to finish things off, leaving about an hour before the rains came down (wasn’t meant to rain until 600pm, thanks weatherman). Not a problem though, just a few finalising coats of solvent to re-emulsify the sealer and release the water will do the trick, it’s nothing we haven’t run into before.

Thanks kindly to our clients for this project, your business and hospitality were perfect.

Apologies for the sub-par photographer on this one. The angles and the light just wasn’t working in my favour with the fresh sealer that was put down….excuses excuses.

decorative concrete resurfacing runaway bay
decorative concrete resurfacing runaway bay
decorative concrete resurfacing runaway bay
decorative concrete resurfacing runaway bay
Elegance in Simplicity Pacific Pines

Elegance in Simplicity Pacific Pines

Project Description

Location: Pacific Pines
Project Size: 73sqm

Coming up to the Commonwealth games, we decided to make a run for it and have a few weeks off, finally getting a long deserved holiday. However, after this was cut short with horrific weather on the Sunshine Coast (irony), we decided to get stuck into the heavy work load we have in front of us.

First off the ranks was our new clients over at Pacific Pines. Their existing driveway was an old fashioned, wet stencilled finish which as with all finishes of that area, are great when they’re new, but fade and look old rather quickly. Time for a refresh then.

Our client on this one wanted to keep things relatively simple, just work with what colours were already there, break it up with a simple block border and keep any patterning out of it.

So with this in mind, we began work firstly by whipping out the floor grinder and getting stuck into the existing surface. Now given this concrete has had years since the last time it was sealer, as well as being in relatively good condition as far as stains and everything go, a full grind back flat was not necessary. The grinder was run over a few times on worse areas getting back to that porous concrete we needed for bonding, then the remainder taken back to a similar level that I was comfy with apply our new products.

Seeming as though we had a bit of a rough surface from the old wet stencil, my base coating was modified and thickened and applied twice creating a “nearly” smooth surface. I then loaded up another standard bag of cover crete, screwed on my 8mm larger nozzle and loosely applied a larger indentations throughout the surface. What this does is create a false surface devoid of the dips and bumps from the old patterning.

We then applied our border throughout, taped that off and proceeded to spray the main area with two coats of top colour, finally completing another top coat with the larger 8mm nozzle, keeping this on for our flecking throughout the same colour as the border.

What this whole process gives us essentially, is 6 coats in varying textures and thickness’s to completely eliminate any of the old pattern showing through.

As always, two coats of High Build Enduro Sealer from Concrete Colour Systems was applied, this being a more expensive sealer, but the extra quality of product far outweighs the extra cost, especially when tying to provide nothing but the best for our clients.

Thank you kindly to our clients as always, you were nothing but a pleasure to work for and we hope to run into you again some day.

Elegance in Simplicity Pacific Pines
Elegance in Simplicity Pacific Pines
Elegance in Simplicity Pacific Pines
Elegance in Simplicity Pacific Pines
Elegance in Simplicity Pacific Pines
Elegance in Simplicity Pacific Pines
concrete resurfacing ashmore

Driveway Revamp Ashmore

Project Description

Location: Ashmore
Project Size: 106sqm

Our client for this project came to us quite a few months ago now, presenting me with a lovely home in Ashmore that they have been upgrading, but as always with these older areas, a driveway that was in desperate need for a little modern polish.

After the main areas had been revamped on the house, it was time for us to come in and finish everything off at the front. As per normal, our first attendance was grinding out, repairing and acid cleaning the existing concrete, getting it into a solid enough state to apply our new coatings confidently.

From here, Mother Nature stepped in and gave us a good, solid week of rain. Now this generally isn’t a problem when spraying, when it stops raining we get straight back to work, unlike concrete that can still leave us with a boggy site for weeks on end after a heavy downpour.

In this circumstance though, the retaining wall leaks water from the bottom after heavy rain, which then kept us offsite for another 4-5 days after the rains had stopped….but as with anything, an opening then presented itself and we put in a solid, long day to get both the base coat and top coating completed in a single day, something I usually don’t do.

We decided to keep the design and colours pretty simple on this one, choosing “Coal” for the main colour to match the awnings on the house, and leaving the taped lines white along with a single white fleck throughout to break things up. As usual, everything finished up with a full acrylic seal and we’re really happy with how this new revamp came up.

Thanks very much for your work guys, such an easy process doing business with good people. All the best for the future.

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Concrete Resurfacing Tugun

Decorative Resurfacing Tugun

Project Description

Location: Tugun
Project Size: 84sqm

It’s always nice to be recommended to a client, it creates a level of trust from both parties that leads to some really creative work sometimes. In this instance, we were recommended by the head honcho of our supply company for resurfacing products, quite the feather in my cap….if I may say so myself.

Our client provided pretty much all the details I needed to price his work through email, not that a site inspection was avoided, by good communication makes things so easy sometimes.

With the price approved I attended site a few weeks later to begin the cleaning and repairing section of the work, to return another day to start the new surfacing.

Our client in this instance gave me a general direction for the outcome they were wanting to achieve, but gave me somewhat leeway for the specific colours and design of the job.

Looking at the house we had to work with, everything about it screamed elegance. There are no dead straight lines in the architectural design, curved windows and blue / grey colour design throughout, quite a pretty home to be honest.

I decided to use the colours Blue Mountain and Natural as they blended / matched the house colours extremely well. I decided Blue Mountain was to be the main colour because it would contrast against the walls, as opposed to using Natural which would have melted the design into the walls leaving nothing really to stand out as special.

Given the architectural design and curved windows, I also went with a smaller 8mm tape for our tile lines throughout, trying to not have a bold tile design standing out too much, but making sure there were enough lines to show through the Natural colour that we used on the base coat.

I outlined top and bottom all the steps, leaving the faces of the steps without an actual tile as I think it would have made it look too busy, then proceeding to tape the entire area with an 800mm tile pattern squaring off the house initially, then curving the tile pattern around differentiating the stairs from the main floor.

Maybe you have noticed already from one of the pictures, but I also curved the bottom step patterning so as you walk down and are looking at it, you can also notice that it matches the architectural curved windows on the house. Maybe a little credit goes to one of my workers here for this idea, but I’m fully taking the credit 🙂

After the taping and spraying was complete, I decided to finish off with more subtle flecking. Typically, my style is going one colour below and one colour higher, for sake of conversation, maybe a graphite and white to go over this. But in this situation, given the more elegant nature of the house, I went with firstly flecking in the Natural colour the same as the grout lines, keeping the fleck relatively light so it didn’t drown anything out, then switching over to a larger nozzle to complete a white fleck with much heavier splotches to break things up.

As usual a full acrylic seal to finish things off, maybe a few too many beers for a Tuesday, followed with some lovely conversation with out clients.

As always, a massive thank you to our clients here, along with our materials supplier for having the confidence to recommend us, it is and was a pleasure doing business with you both.

We completed another great driveway revamp this week as well, catching up after the rain, but I’ll get onto the report for that another time.

Concrete Resurfacing Tugun
Concrete Resurfacing Tugun
Concrete Resurfacing Tugun
Concrete Resurfacing Tugun
Concrete Resurfacing Tugun
Concrete Resurfacing Tugun
Concrete Resurfacing Carrara

Major Flooring Project Carrara Markets

Project Description

Location: Carrara Markets
Project Size: 1200sqm

This is basically the final section that was to be completed at the Carrara Markets Entertaining Arena. We’ve been on this one right from the start, from placing the concrete flooring, getting the 18 cubic meter’s worth of bulk fill footings installed, now finally onto the final section of resurfacing all the concrete bringing it up to standard for some of the spectacular events they have planned for the future.

Originally, we had a 3 week time frame to complete this project. That was until when, another event popped up out of the blue, our timeline was brought forward to two weeks leaving me with plenty of swear words and expectations of long days ahead.

We began the resurfacing process with taking the floor grinder to three sections that were existing from years before and that were left there (supposedly to save a dollar). After grinding all these spots back removing any unwanted surface abnormalities, we then continued along with grinding out all the cracking and preparing the concrete for a good solid clean.

With approximately 300 litres of hydrochloric acid in hand, the entire surface was covered in a single day with the boys following up behind pressure washing and brooming as we went. This left out surface nice and bare and ready for our new products to adhere correctly.

Returning the next day, we repaired all the cracking that was cut out previously, along with floor levelling a couple of areas to bring the smoothness up to scratch. When finished and dried, we began base coating the areas that required it, keeping in mind not everything needed base coating as all the concrete I had poured previously, I had finished in preparation for it to be sprayed, so spraying straight down was all that was needed (after grinding and cleaning of course).

With a start on the Monday, these sections brought us up to Thursday, where we decided to get spraying and applying our top coats. Getting all the fiddly stuff out of the way first, we taped up all the columns and “cut in” to those section as you would with painting, so that once those bits were completed, we could basically just turn up each day and pump out some big numbers getting the remainder of the floor completed.

Friday was also spent the same way, and having all the “cutting in” completed, we took the weekend off due to the Markets trading, to then return on Monday for the real show.

With the thought process in mind that, the harder we work early on the days we’re fresh, the less we’ll have to do once we are getting tired towards the end of the week. We set up a routine with the two guys I had with me, one of the lads mixing the loads with the other carting, pouring and pulling my hose off me, of course then, with only myself to complete the remaining 1100sqm still to go.

Monday was a cracker, we fell a little short of what we were aiming for due to tiredness, only managing about 290sqm being sprayed. Backing that big day up on Tuesday with a whopping 360sqm and some tired lads ready for a good sleep. Keeping in mind sealer is also being applied each day, some solid 10 hour + getting in front of the work load.

Wednesday rocks around, and we’re looking down the barrel of only about 450sqm remaining, splitting it in half with Thursday for 225sqm each day. Our plan of putting in big days for the first two have now paid off, and both Wednesday and Thursday saw us starting to spray at 700am after setting up, then walking out of there all sealed by about 1100am.

With everything sprayed, we then returned on the Friday for the final coat of sealer, a few photos and a couple of beers at the end of the day to wind down.

We’ve been working down with the Carrara Markets for many years now as they go through their upgrading process, bringing the Markets into the new era and doing a brilliant job while they’re at it.

Being a Gold Coast born and bred, I grew up going to the markets on weekends as a kid, then finishing up our drinking binges in the Bar there on Sunday mornings as a I got older, now to be a part of upgrading everything and making it beautiful again. I really look forward to see where they’ll be in the next 10 years with what they have planned.

Not to say it’s not an excellent place to spend your weekends now, pop down when you get a chance and check out everything that’s going on, there’s also some awesome shows being planned for the Entertaining Arena. We look forward to seeing you down there.

Concrete Resurfacing Carrara
Concrete Resurfacing Carrara
Concrete Resurfacing Carrara
Concrete Resurfacing Carrara
Concrete Resurfacing Carrara
Concrete Resurfacing Carrara
Driveway Resurfacing Oxenford

Driveway Overhaul Oxenford

Project Description

Location: Oxenford
Project Size: 84sqm

I have to admit on this one, after we got the call to come out and have a look at our clients driveway, I was in shock at the condition it was in….to say the least.

Originally, it was poured with a wet stencil finish, which in itself was a nice finish, but as all the houses on this street have clearly been built by the same builder and have the same finish, our clients looked to change it up a bit by extending the width, then resurfacing it. This of course was by another contractor who can clearly be catagorised in the “cowboy” section of lunatics that always seem to be hanging around like that shady uncle at birthday parties.

After having a handful of resurfacing contractors come out and simply say there’s nothing they can do, I had a good look over the condition of the concrete and came to the conclusion that, although it visually looked terrible, the actual concrete wasn’t in that bad a condition. So I organised a price for our clients to grind off all the existing covercrete product, then go about giving them a proper, professional finish to their lovely home.

With quote approved, we commenced work a few weeks later. First of all, we took to the extended section of concrete to first remove the compound from that, however, after taking off around 10sqm of it, it was clear that the concrete the contractor had used for the extension was possibly just mortar, and unfortunately this section had to be removed and replaced before resurfacing. The original driveway and pathways would be ok, but this section was just nowhere near a good canvas to work on.

So away we went to return with a quick cut and machine to demolish appoximately 30sqm of the existing concrete (decided to remove some pathways as well in favour of having fresh new concrete to work with considering minimum charges for demolition and dumping).

With these sections now removed, we doweled all the new concrete into place, re-braced some of the existing driveway with underpin footings in soft spots, and re-aligned some of the paths for a more symmetrical finish. Then of course, pouring all the new concrete to Australian Standard 32MPA throughout…just to make sure of the quality.

Leaving the job for now, I actually took a bit of a break to the snow with my daughter, we don’t get to get away very much, so taking every opportunity we can is a must. Returning in about a week to again commence the grinding off of the remaining sections of existing covercrete, along with grinding the original driveway surface remove the wet stencil that was underneath the covercrete, then finishing it all off with an extremely heaving 5/4 ratio of hydrochloric acid to really make sure no baddies remain to stop our bonding.

From here our surfaces were primed, then a single coat of standard covercrete was applied to the new concrete sections, then a double coat of heavily modified, thickened covercrete was applied to the old wet stencil sections which had plenty of lumps and bumps in it as you can imagine.

With everything rubbed back and controls re-cut and bevelled, we then taped on our relatively simple pattern and applied our top coatings of spray covercrete along with our flecks and acrylic sealer.

We decided to keep the design simple on this project, which is a shame because the house had some nice colouring to it, along with nice definitive lines and angles to work with, but in the end, this driveway has had an extremely tough life, and if our clients do need to do any patch up work along the way (which shouldn’t be needed however), it will be a much easier process with a simple design.

Our clients on this project were wonderful. I like to think that our professionalism and work history warrants a good level of trust being given to us, and our clients here were no exception. Willing to listen and understand the process, even being accepting of changes to the plan of attack along the way, you guys truly were a pleasure to work with and certainly didn’t deserve to have been a victim of the previous contractor who you worked with.

Thank you kindly for your work and I wish you all the best with future endeavours.

Driveway Resurfacing Oxenford
Driveway Resurfacing Oxenford
Driveway Resurfacing Oxenford
Driveway Resurfacing Oxenford
Driveway Resurfacing Oxenford
Driveway Resurfacing Oxenford
Driveway Resurfacing Oxenford
Driveway Resurfacing Oxenford
Driveway Resurfacing Oxenford
Driveway Resurfacing Oxenford
Driveway Resurfacing Oxenford
Driveway Resurfacing Oxenford