Colour Concrete Tallai

Coloured Concrete Drainage Area Tallai

Project Description

Location: Tallai
Project Size: 121sqm

Our first meeting with our clients on this project revealed the front of this property to receive basically all the wash off water coming off the hill in front, as well as from behind a retaining wall, due to this being the low spot, when getting heavy rain, the area proceeded to flood, come up over the front decking and into the weep holes of the house, of course flooding the inside.

Originally our client was asking for all falls away from the house with a box drain at one end running the entire length of the concrete, being around 22m in length, by the time we got enough falls on a box drain, the whole slab would have been completely lop sided. So instead, we decided on a plan for a “wash bay” area by installing pit drains throughout the center of the slab, creating high spots in between and running all the water to the middle of the slab to be taken away through plumbing.

Usually on something like this we would use 250mm pit drains which as considered standard, however, with our clients request, we decided to install 450mm pits and plumb them away with 150mm storm water instead of the typical 100mm storm water. Basically just leaving no room for error, making sure the job was over done so as to not have to do it again.

So upon starting the project, we took the machine out there to initially complete the excavation, getting all the ground levels down roughly to where they should be, followed by digging out the trenches for the plumbing installation. With all the pits installed and plumbed in, the skillful machine contractor we had onsite managed to negotiate the area with a 5t excavator giving everything a fairly even sub-grade as he went, while filling the trenches back in.

With the ground and plumbing works complete, we returned the next day to install the formwork, along with the SL82 steel reinforcing, 16mm re-entry bars at the internal corners and of course any other fitting required before pouring.

The pour for this one was quite simple really,  we had spaced the pits out approximately 6m apart from each other and roughly 70mm down from the outside levels, so every 3m we would basically just create a level spot with the outside levels, then work around in a circle around the pits making sure it fell towards the pits from each 3m direction.

With the screeding done then the hard work really started.

We had to make some compromises on this one when it came down to our finishing, there were so many different aspects to consider that we gave it the “little bit of everything” approach.

Typically an area like this will work more effectively with saw cut control joints, but being that it was a colour through finish, and any cracking stands out like dogs balls in colour, tooled control joints were needed to be installed. This of course is usually not a problem, but given we were working with the house at our backs on one side and a retaining wall drop off on the other side, it got a bit tricky getting all the joints in, but we got there in the end.

With the finishing itself, colour always looks better with a smooth trowel finish, however it can be a bit slippery if we’re not careful with the finish not to polish the top. Given that it was an outdoor area that was primarily a drainage area that was to see a lot of water, we couldn’t go down this path, instead needing to give it a textured finish with enough grip so as no one will slip on it in the wet.

For this we have two options, either a broom or stipple finish, with the stipple not only giving a better texture, but also looking a bit neater than a broom, this option was of course chosen.

Now also take into consideration we had many storms around at the moment, and it was hot as hell with 14m.cub of coloured concrete on the ground from Hytec, that goes off like a bomb even in Winter, we certainly had our backs against the wall getting everything stippled out.

But we got there in the end, with everyone chipping in to chase the final 20sqm or so.

Overall this was an interesting project. One thing I love about the side of the industry I work in, is that every project seems a little different and has it’s own hurdles to overcome. Not only was drainage included in this one, but drainage this side is usually reserved for commercial carparks, and getting everything to not only look good, but work properly was a little bit of a challenge and in the end, mentally rewarding.

Quite literally the day after we poured, the rains finally came with around 100mm falling in a 24 hour period, with news of everything working as it should, we’re please to move on now to the next challenge.

Thank you as always to our client, your business is appreciated.

Colour Concrete Tallai
Colour Concrete Tallai
Colour Concrete Tallai
Colour Concrete Tallai
Colour Concrete Tallai
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
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
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
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
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
Concrete Resurfacing Coomera

Decorative Resurfacing Coomera

Project Description

Location: Coomera
Project Size: 35sqm

About 3 months ago now we were originally around at our clients house extending his patio area out the back to better make use of the room they have. The original concrete patio was quite small with a small pathway as well, utilising some garden areas, which of course would have looked quite fine, but a good train of thought here is always making the most of the room you have.

So a few month down the track after installing the new concrete, we returned to resurfacing the concrete patio and side pathway in our custom, modern styled finish.

As always, a solid acid wash was completed first, then allowing the concrete 24hrs to dry out thoroughly. Returning the next day, I applied two modified base coatings over the exposed aggregate concrete and a single, standard base coating over the plain grey I had poured earlier. After a bit of work on the grinder with the control joints, along with hand rubbing out the lumps, we had our canvass to work on the following day.

We decided to stick with the standard base colouring for the taped lines (white), from there we applied two spray coatings of Blue Mountain. After those two coatings had dried, we returned with our custom cut swirls and began working on each individual triangle area with Natural colouring making some nice swirls, corner patches and blocked out wholes.

Finishing up with a Natural fleck, we tore up all the taped lines revealing a lovely piece of work, then topped it all off with two coats of high grade acrylic sealer.

I love doing this finish for our decorative resurfacing, it’s a full custom design that relies more so on our perception of how it should work, rather than a dictated course of action. It’s always nice to be able to have to think about every aspect of the job at hand, put everything into it, then stand back at the end and admire what you have achieved.

Thank you as always to our clients, we’re very glad you love your project and thank you for not only the work, but also the morning coffee’s to get us going in the middle of Winter.

See you next for the Epoxy Garage.

Concrete Resurfacing Coomera
Concrete Resurfacing Coomera
Concrete Resurfacing Coomera
Concrete Resurfacing Coomera
Colour Concrete Gilston

Colour Concrete Driveway Gilston

Project Description

Location: Gilston
Project Size: 97sqm

Pricing this project up at the start of the house build, as typical, it took a few months before the time came around for us to start the work. Surprisingly enough though, the builders hand over date was spot on the money (highly unusual), so if anyone needs a recommendation, just let me know and I’ll pass on the details.

If you read my last update into the project archive, I ran off on a little tangent in regards to the new NBN that is going in everywhere and this project was no different. Facing a rather steep section from top of road into the garage, the client also had the NBN that had been installed, directly in the middle of where the driveway needed to go.

After chatting with NBN, it was then decided that we would work around it as their $3000 fee for moving it was out of reach for the client. What made this even more entertaining, was that it has been installed at the incorrect height for our council xOVer specifications, so after some lengthy conversations on the phone, it turns out NBN is going to have to return and lower the pit anyways (out of their own pockets at least).

We began the first day here just with the usual sub-grading and removing the concrete curbing, along with some boxing up of the first section. Lately, we have been breaking our colours pours down more into smaller sections, I do give the reason that we are making it look the best we can, but I fear we may also be getting a bit old and soft these days towards larger pours.

Coming back the second day, we installed the rear patio section along with the front door entry section (with falls to a pit drain). We also set in place the new box drain for in front of the garage all ready for new concrete the following day.

Having a pretty steep hill with multiple run offs to both drains, we decided the next day we would break that pour down as well, allowing ourselves enough space and time to get back for our control joints and proper finishing.

Having a days break then due to a rain day, we then return the following Monday to finish off the front of the xOver section and leave out client with a brand new, “Shadow” coloured driveway that will be all ready for sealing in a few weeks times.

Our client for this project was a tradesman himself, and it’s always a pleasure working with / for people with a good head on their shoulders as well. Very easy to deal with, recognised our quality of work, and helped make the whole setup a much easier experience than it can be sometimes working in such a difficult part of the industry.

For now I’m back doing some spraying for the rest of the week along with putting some exposed down on Friday if time permits.

Colour Concrete Gilston
Colour Concrete Gilston
Colour Concrete Gilston
Colour Concrete Gilston
Concrete Resurfacing Maudslands

Concrete Resurfacing Maudsland

Project Description

Location: Maudsland
Project Size: 94sqm

We started off this week rejuvinating a driveway out at Maudsland. It had originally been completed in colour, but unfortunately had gotten some cracking through it due to what looks like a typically cut and fill block settling, and as always with colour, any little thing stands out like dogs balls for all to see.

With no structural problems with the concrete, we began with our typical repairing of the cracking which involves grinding out the cracks, then filling them with a custom brew of product. The theory behind repairing of cracks, is basically once ground underneath the concrete has settled and moved, allowing the concrete itself to settle and move…and crack, it technically shouldn’t need to settle anymore than it already has. So if we grind out and patch the cracking, usually we never see those cracks again….as long as the steel reinforcing is doing it job of course.

After repairing the cracks we floor grinded back the surface making sure we had enough traction for our products to bite onto, then base coated everything in “Natural” colouring.

8mm taped lines where then applied at 800mm diamonds, two top coatings applied in “Blue Mountain” colouring, then “Natural” flecking applied as well. All finished up with a good coating of acrylic sealer, which after settling for a few days, will make all the lovely colours shine through.

Not an overly complicated project this one, but time consuming all the same. It’s always nice though seeing a piece of concrete that isn’t quite up to scratch, then resurfacing it making it look amazing and modern.

Concrete Resurfacing Maudslands
Concrete Resurfacing Maudslands
Concrete Resurfacing Maudslands