Exposed Concrete Driveway Bonogin

Salt and Pepper Driveway Bonogin

Project Description

Location: Bonogin
Project Size: 189sqm

Out at Bonogin for this one which is always a pleasure, being a bit of a bush kid I love getting away from the rat race a bit, even if it is only a few minutes out of town.

After meeting with our clients, we decided on a Salt and Pepper variety driveway with a mix of 75% white stone, along with an Onyx colour oxide that was to go through the concrete, giving an overall dark visual to the finish.

After spending a few days getting everything set up ready to pour, our client then contacted us with doubts about what the final look would be like, so we found a few more pictures of what this design looked like, and the decision was made that it would be too dark for what they were trying to achieve.

A quick call to the concrete supplier and the colour was cancelled, we took it out of the mix and ended up just going with the Salt and Pepper at 75%, giving a much lighter and brighter appeal to the finished result.

As with all our work these days, we broke the project down into smaller sections, this allows us to give the concrete the love and attention it needs to gain the best results possible. Completing three separate pours before having it all ready for saw cutting and acid cleaning.

Being our own biggest critics on a job site, it was a pleasure to see the finished result of this one literally being perfect. Don’t get me wrong, we’re also the first to notice the ones that don’t work out perfect as well, but this one didn’t have a single stone out of place, no tool marks, thoroughly even stone nearly perfectly exposed throughout and flat a flat iron to boot.

Our client is going to send us a few pics with it all sealed in the next few weeks, so I’ll get a few more pics posted up then as well.

As always, a big thank you to our clients, your professionalism and hospitality were outstanding.

Exposed Concrete Driveway Bonogin
Exposed Concrete Driveway Bonogin
Exposed Concrete Driveway Bonogin
Exposed Concrete Driveway Bonogin
Exposed Concrete Driveway Bonogin
Exposed Concrete Driveway Bonogin
Exposed Aggregate Oxenford

Exposed Surrounds Oxenford

Project Description

Location: Oxenford
Project Size: 122sqm

Our clients here got onto us through Facebook which is nice for a change. We priced up this job a few months ago, got given the go ahead but had to wait a while for a few things to be sorted on our clients end with landscaping and a few other things.

With our dates locked in for a few months, we got around to starting perfectly on time (for a change), and didn’t take long before making a good dent in the work load ahead.

We began with our machine excavation and sub-grade of the areas, removing approximately 4m.cub of fill from the patio section, re-using that fill near the water tank to raise levels, then of course removing the grass and sub-grading the rest of the pathways adjoining.

Returning a few days later, we formed everything up, placed in all the steel and booked everything needed for a Saturday pour. On the Saturday we started off by chairing up all the steel, along with the typical other fittings such as Abel Flex and re-entry bars, then began letting the pump do it’s thing on the 50Lm push ahead of it.

This of course is a long push for exposed aggregate, so the going at first was relatively slow, but as we crept back and lines where taken off, the pump started getting in front and away we went with the screeding and finishing behind ourselves.

A few trowels and some raw sugar later (possibly a beer or two as well), the concrete was all ready for a wash off to reveal our nice, new Salt and Pepper Aggregate beneath.

Such an easy project this one, not only from having the right men on the job, but also a larger, flat(ish) block was nice to work on, along with fantastic clients and we were left wondering why every project can’t be the same.

We’re now straight on from this one on a dirty refurbishment project just around the corner where we’ve been pushing shit up hill for a week now, but that as well is all ready to finish off. It’s nice to have a run of work getting results, especially on good quality projects that myself and the boys can be proud of.

Exposed Aggregate Oxenford
Exposed Aggregate Oxenford
Exposed Aggregate Oxenford
Exposed Aggregate Oxenford
Exposed Aggregate Oxenford
Exposed Aggregate Oxenford
Exposed Aggregate Oxenford
Exposed Aggregate Oxenford
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Pimpama

Exposed Driveway Pimpama

Project Description

Location: Pimpama
Project Size: 54sqm

As is always the trend around the middle of the year, another smaller project to complete out at a new building site. It’s funny how Tax time always seems to be slow, at least it’s easy to read each year I suppose…good holidays time as well.

Our clients for this project have moved up from Tasmania and are thoroughly enjoying our Gold Coast Winter, as opposed to what they are accustomed too. We price our clients up a few months back as their new house was starting to be built, then of course once hand over was finished, we were away.

Nothing out of the ordinary on this one, which in a way, was kind of nice considering it was a nice flat area to work on with good access all around, something we’re not used to at all. After an hour or so with the machine, the curbing was removed, sub-grade complete and we boxed up and steeled all ready for a pour.

The Aggregate chosen by our clients was called Ghost, which is an all white stone from their new supplier, which isn’t of the crushed variety, but more white river stone, which in our opinion comes up a lot better, and more natural than the crush.

We poured this one a little later on a Friday which we usually dont do, but having time restraints, we had to do what we had to do. All finished up with a few beers by around 330pm, ready for a relaxed weekend ahead.

Exposed Aggregate Driveway Pimpama
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Pimpama
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Pimpama
Exposed Aggregate Maudsland

Exposed Aggregate Driveway Maudsland

Project Description

Location: Maudsland
Project Size: 55sqm

I haven’t been too busy updating the website for the past month or so, not due to lack of things to post, but due to lack of quality projects to post about.

We have been completing plenty of work, but doing a lot of work for builders, which is nearly always just structural work ready for extensions and so forth, along with the private clients we have had have seemed to all be small boat parking areas or patios. All of which are very important to our business and we thank our clients for their work, but I like to keep the website updated with more decorative projects that we take on, as that is the main direction I steer with the business.

In saying that, we managed to get back onto the Exposed Aggregate Concrete this week with a new driveway installation at Maudsland (Riverstone Crossing). This project was a client who approached us about 6 months ago during the initial stages of their build, of which we provided an estimation for their driveway to be completed upon hand over from builder.

Once hand over was complete, we met the client onsite for the first time, then were confronted with a small dilemma regarding the new NBN that is being installed everywhere. Now don’t get me wrong, I more than anyone am dying to get some decent internet on at my house, but it’s becoming quite normal for the NBN node boxes to be installed in the middle of the proposed new driveway. Both this client, along with our client next week, have both had the same problem, then whilst contacting NBN to figure out what can be done, they were both given the reply of “you should have planned your house build better, we will charge $3000 to come out and move it”.

Ok, somewhat fair enough NBN, but our client is not only faced with this problem, but also a council planted tree also in the middle of the driveway (which is not allowed to be touched without written approval), along with a few meters down an easement sewer grate. All in all, nothing of an overly large problem to solve, just amusing that our clients couldn’t get a break at all at their entrance.

But, I digress, enough of the whinging about government endeavours.

After our normal excavation and removal of the concrete curbing, we installed the boxing allowing for a “not so symmetrical” approach from the road (given all the obsticles), along with of course our steel reinforcing and other necessities.

Concrete was poured today in Tibrogargan 75 (Black and White 75% white). A little bit tricky coming down the hill on an odd angle, along with concrete going off like a rocket as usual, saw us but only a 5 hours onsite before packing up and calling it a day.

Thank you to our clients for this project, not only for your work, but for making our business easy together. I look forward to hearing from you for the remaining pathways later on.

Exposed Aggregate Maudsland
Exposed Aggregate Maudsland
Exposed Aggregate Maudsland
Exposed Aggregate Maudsland

Concrete Driveway & Surrounds Hope Island

Project Description

Location: Hope Island
Project Size: 135sqm

Our client here called us up a few weeks ago to have a look at a house he was building for himself in the Hope Island Golf Coast Estate. Being a builder himself, he was taking care of everything from start to finish.

We found ourselves installing a pool surrounds and patio section in plain grey concrete all ready to be tiled by others, along with a side path and driveway in exposed aggregate concrete, with these two being linked together with exposed aggregate steppers in a decorative little shape working in with the design of the house.

A relatively simply job in the end, a flat site makes a world of difference to work on. We ended up putting in some bigger steel in SL92, all chaired up throughout, along with the typical re-entry and dowel bars and abel flex.

We pumped in the pool surrounds due to access issues, then barrowed the path and steppers with a straight chute on the driveway.

This job came up excellent and we’ll return Monday to saw cut the control joints and complete the acid cleaning.

Our client here is a great person to deal with, very easy going and experienced in the industry, thank you for your work and we look forward to doing business with you in the future if the opportunity arrives.

Concrete Driveway & Surrounds Hope Island
Concrete Driveway & Surrounds Hope Island
Concrete Driveway & Surrounds Hope Island
Concrete Driveway & Surrounds Hope Island

Exposed Aggregate Driveway Upper Coomera

Project Description

Location: Upper Coomera
Project Size: 85sqm

We priced this driveway a fair while ago now, as always just waiting for the builder to finish up his business and hand over for the remainder of the work to be completed. We were completing a project just next door, and upon actually meeting our client, discovered that it was an old school friend from 20 years ago. Small world.

Just an average driveway installation, the only thing that really gave us some worry was the cross angle and steepness as it came down from the house to the road.

The usual cutting and removal of concrete curb, SL72 reinforcing throughout and 100mm of Salt and Pepper (75% white) installed. All hosed off same day and returning later to saw cut control joints and acid clean.

Thanks to our client as always and hopefully we’ll keep in touch a bit better than the last two decades.

Concrete Driveway Upper Coomera
Concrete Driveway Upper Coomera
Concrete Driveway Upper Coomera
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Maudsland

Exposed Aggregate Driveway Maudsland

Project Description

Location: Maudsland
Project Size: 96sqm

Having quoted our clients a number of months in advance, we returned once handover was due to complete their new home off with some new concrete areas. With all the typical machine, saw cutting and steel requirements, we completed a 24sqm new patio area tile base all ready for our clients to install their tiles, along with a 72sqm exposed aggregate concrete driveway with 90% black stone and 10% white stone. We really enjoyed this project as everything seemed to run relatively smoothly, all the drains were close by and the site being relatively flat to work on. We will be returning tomorrow afternoon to saw cut the control joints, along with a nice acid clean to really make the new exposed aggregate shine.

Exposed Aggregate Driveway Maudsland
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Maudsland
Exposed Aggregate Driveway

Exposed Aggregate Driveway Pimpama

Project Description

Location: Pimpama
Project Size: 60sqm

With our clients recently moving up from Canberra building their first new home, we were happy to provide them with their new exposed aggregate driveway. A relatively normal driveway installation here, with the curbing being removed and council cross over requirements being adhered to, all the necessary steel was installed including 100mm of 25mpa Dalmation 50% aggregate. We’ll return Monday to saw cut the control joints and give it a nice acid clean so it’s all nice and sparkly.

Exposed Aggregate Driveway
Exposed Aggregate Driveway
Exposed Aggregate Pool

Exposed Aggregate Pool Area Mount Nathan

Project Description

Location: Mount Nathan
Project Size: 87sqm

Well wasn’t this one a doosie. We went out to quote our client over a month ago now and got the OK to go ahead pretty much straight away. Our client was undertake the machine work and drainage before we came in to complete the concreting. Once we arrived, we were working out the drainage for the area that had been installed, and came to the conclusion that the falls on the drains would not be sufficient for the amount of water that this area receives. The only problem with this being that we were in Mount Nathan, which means after you get through the 100mm of so of clean soil, you immediately hit shale and bluestone. So we instructed our client that unfortunately he’d have to get a machine in again to break through the rocks and get more falls on the drain, as there was no point installing this project and just hoping for the best with the drainage. Above all else, we do everything in our power to provide our clients with not only something that looks great, but also does the job it’s meant to. So after some back breaking work, our client had the drainage installed to the correct falls and we came back to box everything up, put in all the steel and abel flex, then get ready for a pour. Unfortunately we then found out upon booking the concrete that Gold Coast suppliers had run out of the white stone for our aggregate mix which is vital in the overall look our client was going for, so from there, the waiting game began whilst the suppliers sought out a new supplier. After about a 2 week wait, we got the call that the stone had come in, so we booked in the boys and the pump and got to work. This was a relatively complicated pour as there were multiple drainage points to factor into our placement whilst we were undergoing the usual careful work of making sure all the stones were embedded properly during the pour. With all the concrete in we hosed it off with about a 7-10% exposed rate and brought out the nice, all natural riverstone finish. Returning a few days later, we completed the saw cut control joints along with a good acid clean. After just over a month with our client waiting patiently for the work to be completed, they were rewarded with an amazing new pool surrounds and play area that the kids will enjoy for years to come.

Exposed Aggregate

Exposed Aggregate Driveway Reedy Creek

Project Description

Location: Reedy Creek
Project Size: 70sqm

With our client requiring an exposed aggregate driveway for his newly built home, we set about the task at hand. Cutting and removal of the council kerbing and council footpaths was completed, followed by doweling of said areas and the garage door entrance. SL72 reinforcing mesh was placed throughout during the concrete pour allowing access for the truck up the tricky off angled incline. Unfortunately, (due to a miscalculation by the boss), we fell short on concrete by about 0.2mcub and had to order a plus of Dalmation 50 exposed aggregate. All in a days work though and the driveway was hosed off nicely to expose the ever popular “Salt & Pepper” variety of stone.