Concrete Entertaining Hope Island

Entertaining & Access Area Hope Island

Project Description

Location: Hope Island
Project Size: 42sqm

Well, didn’t this one turn out to be a shit fight.

Originally we were recommended to our client here from one of our suppliers, so of course we turned up quickly to price the work and was given the go ahead not long after.

We priced the project at first for just being the spa slab, measuring only about 29sqm. Because it was a pump access project and most of the preparation works were complete, I decided just to go in by myself and get this one completed.

In the week leading up to the start date, our client asked if it was ok to do another 13sqm for an entrance way to the house, which of course was certainly not a problem, however, due to my miscalculating (and a few ordering stuff ups), it became nearly the bridge too far.

So Monday comes along and I’m onsite at 630am all ready for a days work. It took around 4 hours to get everything formed up and braced, then of course all our steel work installed and chaired ready for concrete.

Upon confirming our concrete pump, my guy said that he is running very late and that he’s sending another contractor to get the mud in for me, which of course is no problem either, so I then rang concrete and confirmed that as well, finally to sit back and wait for everything to turn up.

Originally, I ordered 32MPA concrete with a dose of medium accellerator in the mix, given that I was pouring late in the day and didn’t want to be there for dinner that night. I then changed my order on the day due to the extra concrete going in, to a more reasonable 32MPA mix with no accellerant but leaving out the retarder.

Concrete pump all set up and concrete arrives and there’s been a mis-communication and my concrete has been mixed at 32MPA, no retarder and a medium dose of accellerator….which of course is not very hospitable, especially considering I was required to put a decorative “non slip” finish on, with the stipple finish being used.

So for the next 3 hours I proceeded to chase my ass backwards and sideways screeding, floating, edging then out on the kick boards figure 8 finishing the entire surface….fairly sure I lose a few KG’s.

But in the end, everything was packed up for the day with all this work completed in a single day and now moving onto the next project which we started today (some more decorative resurfacing).

Thank you as always to our client, you were a pleasure doing business with.

Concrete Entertaining Hope Island
Concrete Entertaining Hope Island
Concrete Entertaining Hope Island
Concrete Entertaining Hope Island
Concrete Refurbishment Arundel

Driveway Refurbishment Arundel

Project Description

Location: Arundel
Project Size: 55sqm

Our clients for this project were in the middle of upgrading their entry, parking and driveway to the house when they called us to price the refurbishment of the driveway section.

The driveway was in relatively good condition and had previously been resurfaced a fair few years ago. Our client wanted to add more concrete to the sides making it wider, so instead of just doing a small extension to the side, which is not very strong, we decided to remove approximately half of the old driveway, firstly, to look like both sides were even and that the project was one whole driveway and hadn’t just been extended to, along with the section that was removed had extensive cracking through it, which we could also eliminate from causing a headache in the future.

Once we had all the old concrete out and everything formed and steel up thoroughly, making sure all the starter dowels and re-entry bars were in place along with the standard reinforcing, the concrete was pour and we walked away until the following week.

On returning I proceeded to get the floor grinder out and make a hell of a mess as usual. I removed all the old surface of the concrete back to stone, then went on with some minor crack repairing, followed by a heavy acid wash making the surface all ready to start applying our products.

Preparation is everything when resurfacing and as always, there was nothing lacking on this one. Not only were the above steps followed, but extra attention put into all the small cold joints and levels making sure this renovated driveway looked exactly like a brand new flash one when finished.

Once all that work was complete, we returned to apply an 800mm diamond pattern with a 150mm border in 12mm tape, two top coats of Almond colour, followed by a charcoal and white fleck to finish off the coatings. A full acrylic sealer was then applied for another lovely finish to be proud of.

Thank you to our clients as always, we look forward to seeing the finished result once the carport is all complete.

Concrete Refurbishment Arundel
Concrete Refurbishment Arundel
Concrete Refurbishment Arundel
Concrete Refurbishment Arundel

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
Concrete Deck Ashmore

Concrete Deck Ashmore

Project Description

Location: Ashmore
Project Size: 540sqm

Today we were out installing a deck over at Ashmore. This was a placement only job for a builder which required us to come out and provide the man power and expertise to place all the concrete correctly.

This was a beautiful location at the back of Ashmore with a nice outlook over the coast through the tree’s. The first level of this house was poured a few weeks back, so after the form workers and steel fixers had completed all the setup, in we came for the pour today.

Averaging about 45m.cub an hour during placement, the boys motored through it whilst two of the guys fell back to start finishing. After all the grey stuff was in, and we were caught up with the finishing, a few cold beers were opened to fill in the time until the rest of the slab was ready to be finished.

After one of the boys decided that one more beer was fine to have, we returned to the slab to see it snapping white, so we pulled out the second machine and everyone got stuck in chasing it until it was all finished and home time was due.

Good effort by the boys today, decks are a bugger of a thing having to balance on the steel all day placement the mud, but everyone pulled through and put in a good effort without too much swearing needed.

Special shout out to Jimmie being thrown in the deep end chasing concrete on a big pour to finish, you beat it with flying colours mate.

Concrete Deck Ashmore
Concrete Deck Ashmore
Concrete Deck Ashmore
Concrete Deck Ashmore
Concrete Entrace Carrara

Concrete Sitting Area Carrara

Project Description

Location: Carrara
Project Size: 27sqm

Back again this week to the Carrara Markets for another little job, this time over at the Back Page Pub to refurbish their smoking area at the main entrance.

Bit of a funny little project this one, whilst we were at the Markets a few a weeks ago completing another section of their entertaining arena, we went over the pub for a quick beer once finished and while sitting in the area near the entrance, commented to the publican there that the pavers were popping up quite badly. Being a commercial area, they really needed a “quality concreter” to come remove the pavers and put something down so no one hurt themselves at some stage.

All this was said with a little tongue in cheek of course, but here we are a few weeks later installing a nice new sitting area.

We began my removing the old pavers that were down, excavating the area to allow for some more depth in the concrete, then sub-grading it in preparation for some concrete. With the steel and abel flex installed, we got some concrete on the road.

Only needing about 3 cubes of concrete to fill the gap, we of course barrowed it in, but considering the access was pretty ordinary, this took a little more effort than usual. But within the hour the concrete was all in place, screeded, floated and ready for a finish.

Being a commercial area, let alone the main entrance, we decided to fancy it up a bit finishing with a stippler figure 8 to give it some surface traction for the possible intoxicated patrons, along with making it look a lot nicer than the usual light broom for traction.

Finally we’re getting back on top of a few things after all the rain we’ve had, some of our bigger work is now starting next week as well, so should be pretty busy for the next 3 or 4 weeks getting everything done.

Concrete Entrace Carrara
Concrete Entrace Carrara
Plain Concrete Wongawallan

House Surrounds Wongawallan

Project Description

Location: Wongawallan
Project Size: 106sqm

Finally after not being able to get much work done for the last 2 or 3 weeks, we managed to sneak in a pour yesterday that has been set up waiting for roughly that time.

We returned to this beautiful property at Wongawallan for the 3rd time now to get a bit more completed to this property upgrade, this time a side carport, rear paths and patio section all surrounding the house and new bar area that our clients installed.

When we first started, we began with a full dig out and sub-grade of the areas, removing approximately 20m.cub of fill from the areas to bring the levels down, followed by forming everything up, the usual starter dowels and re-entry bars, and of course the chaired steel reinforcing.

After a few weeks of heavy rain before cyclone Debbie hit, we couldn’t get any of the pouring completed, then of course the cyclone brought the rain our way which washed us out again for a few more days. Looking at the weather yesterday we thought it was our best chance, so pumps and concrete were called in and the concrete was poured.

Unfortunately it decided to bucket rain on us at around lunch time (with nothing on the radar), so this set us back a few more hours waiting or the surface to dry off again to continue finishing.

In the end, everything came up as it should and I’ll return tomorrow for the saw cutting and clean up of site.

Not a lot of photos for this one as all the surrounds of the slab were fill with mud after the lunch time rain, I’ll try post some photos of the back when it dries out a bit.

Thanks again to our clients and we’ll see you for the next stage of the upgrades.

Plain Concrete Wongawallan
Plain Concrete Wongawallan
Concrete Driveway Molendinar

Hinterland Driveway Molendinar

Project Description

Location: Molendinar
Project Size: 561sqm

Our client for this project got onto us from another large driveway we poured in Molendinar last year. Typically with these sized jobs I find clients are more looking for qualified, professional tradesman that are either recommended or they’ve seen them work to this scale before, as opposed to hiring contractors from advertising.

The owner of the property has owned this house for over 10 years and originally just placed a layer of slag concrete down then topped it with stones as a natural appearance driveway. However, over time of course, the stones have washed away down the hill and into their dam at the bottom, so the time came to bite the bullet and concrete the entire drive.

We began by bringing in 20m.cub of road base to spread over the washed out areas of the driveway to even things out, along with giving us a good base for the new concrete, then finished off with just a typical sub-grade for the remainder. Saw cutting and removal of the concrete curbing followed and preparation for the first pour was complete.

Typically we can bite something like this off in 1-2 pours, however access was pour down near the house and had many angles to work out getting trucks in and out, along with time consuming lines to keep water flowing where we wanted it to go.

So we tackled around 140sqm on the first pour, following up that day setting up another 260sqm roughly for the second pour ending at the steep section of the driveway not far from the top.

After pouring the second section, we setup the third, steep section and poured this on the Friday, only being a smaller pour to give a boys an easier day on the Friday, even if it was a bit steep.

Everything went very smoothly as usual on this project, with the only exception being the typical Friday dramas where we had our second fully loaded truck break the transmission as he backed down the driveway, leaving us with no option but to unload about 3m.cub from the truck, place by hand, allowing less weight on the truck so he could get up the hill.

Another very hot day as well on the Friday, so our finishers found themselves right behind the placers with the concrete going off like a bomb. A little bit of watering down, along with some extra elbow grease to keep the surface closed up, we finished up with some cold beers and a few laughs all ready for some time off over the weekend before we get stuck into another job next week.

Thanks to the extra guys we had on for this project, it’s good to be with a good bunch of blokes just slogging it out in the sun, cracking jokes and laughing along the way. It’s already a tough day, and good lads onsite make it seem a lot easier.

To our clients as always, a big thank you to you both, not only for your work of course, but also your hospitality. We really enjoyed working with you on this project. (No more stunt jumping from balconies Greg).

Concrete Driveway Molendinar
Concrete Driveway Molendinar
Concrete Driveway Molendinar
Concrete Driveway Molendinar
Plain Concrete Carrara

Entertainment Area Carrara Markets

Project Description

Location: Carrara
Project Size: 145sqm

This week we returned to the Carrara Markets to complete the final section of the flooring area for the Entertainment Arena that is opening around the middle of March.

The last area here was a muddy little site due to not only the soil, but the plumbers having to dig almost a meter deep trench through the area allowing for drainage pipes to be installed to carry the large amount of water that would be coming off the roof.

We started by coming in an pouring the apron section, which was about 26m long by about 600mm wide. This was all doweled back into the main slab and steel reinfoced. This brought the main slab out past the structures supports keeping everything nice and level throughout. We then returned to again dowel and steel up the remaining 125sqm and placing a solid 125mm of concrete throughout, finished with a broom all ready for our resurfacing for the entire 1500sqm that will be commencing in a few months.

The only section that now remains for the entertainment area is the driveway access at the back from the road. This will also be getting started in a few months time and will consist of 375mm concrete drains and quite extensive works to reach the engineers designs.

Always a pleasure hanging out and working with the boys and girls at the markets. Such a friendly and down to earth bunch of people, it’s never a dull moment from start to finish.

Plain Concrete Carrara
Plain Concrete Carrara
Plain Concrete Carrara
Concrete Driveway Upper Coomera

Concrete Driveway’s Upper Coomera

Project Description

Location: Upper Coomera
Project Size: 270sqm

Coming up to towards the end of the second week back after the xmas break, we’ve got our first project complete. I’m not going to lie, the boys and I have been struggling with the heat wave going on, but have been powering through the workload and getting some good results.

We initially quoted our clients on this project about a month before christmas, to which they were more than happy to wait for our services until after the xmas break having no bookings available beforehand. These blocks being built on out here are not only big, but mostly flat as well which makes access and working on them a pleasure. We started out with a full day on the machines getting everything sub-graded and ready for the new concrete, followed by a long slog in the heat and rocks getting all the pegs and timbers lined up for the pour. All the reinforcing installed, we placed the side driveway leading all the way down to the back shed with a pump in plain grey concrete, working our way back along the house finishing it all off with a trowel machine and a soft broom. That afternoon the front driveway was all boxed up ready for the next day, and installed on the main driveway was 100mm minimum of colour through concrete in “Gothic Blue” colour.

Big thanks to our clients here for being happy to wait for our services, your project came up fantastic and we’re hope it was worth the wait. Thank you kindly for your work.

Concrete Driveway Upper Coomera
Concrete Driveway Upper Coomera
Concrete Driveway Upper Coomera
Concrete Driveway Upper Coomera
Plain Concrete Tallai

Concrete Pool Surrounds Tallai

Project Description

Location: Tallai
Project Size: 92sqm

We commenced our work at this lovely Tallai address earlier this week which was to be the last project for the year before taking a break for Christmas. Part one of this project was to concrete the pool surrounds, later returning to resurface that, along with the patio and house surrounds when we get back going again next year. Our clients had reclaimed approximately 100sqm+ of land that was sloping away at the back of the property with lovely sandstone retaining walls, along with another wall next to the pool creating a (soon to be) turfed area at the top. We placed this concrete with all the typical steel and expansion requirements along with putting in the usual 100mm minimum of 25MPA concrete, all with a 30mm fall away from the pool. Finishing it off with a steel trowel smooth finish all ready for us to return, acid and pressure wash the surface off then apply a nice mock sandstone covering. It’s been a long year and we are due for a long deserved rest, this was a great little project with wonderful clients to finish off the year with a bang. Everything ran smoothly, very accommodating clients and lots of laughs along the way.

Plain Concrete Tallai
Plain Concrete Tallai
Plain Concrete Tallai