Smashed Avocado Ormeau

Smashed Avocado Ormeau

Project Description

Location: Ormeau
Project Size: 97sqm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Driveway Package Ormeau

Project Description

Location: Ormeau
Project Size: 75sqm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Decorative Concrete Entrance

Project Description

Location: Clear Island Waters
Project Size: 17sqm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canvas Laid

Project Description

Location: Gold Coast
Project Size: 155sqm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Concrete Options

Concrete Options

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plain Concrete Installation

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

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

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

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

Concrete Deck Ashmore

Colour Through Concrete

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

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

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

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

decorative concrete gold coast

Exposed Aggregate Concrete

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

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

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

Concrete Driveway Upper Coomera

Stamped Impressions

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

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

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

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

stamped concrete

Mixing Things Up

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

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

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

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

decorative concrete
Concrete Refurbishment Arundel

Concrete Resurfacing

Decorative Concrete Resurfacing

Our first and most popular option, known by a number of names from varying companies, Spray on Concrete Resurfacing is the process of applying a new surface to your existing concrete by trowel and air compressor.

This is a cement product heavily modified to bond thoroughly to your existing concrete surface, along with having pretty colours and designs to spice up your areas.

Typically a product primarily used outdoors, you may choose this option for tired, old concrete that is in need of refreshing, or you may be trying to get a few different areas of concrete to all match together, or you may choose this approach for your new concrete driveway so you can do something a little custom and stand out from the crowd.

Our second approach to decorative concrete resurfacing is Epoxy Flooring systems. This is more of an “indoor” product most suitable to garage floors, commercial kitchens and other in-house environments.

Although the physical application differs from Covercrete Resurfacing, the results can be outstanding! From mild to wild, Epoxy Flooring is extremely versatile for any indoor area.

Both finishes have a great life span if looked after correctly and will keep you concrete areas looking new and shiny for many years to come.

Following are a few samples of different design options that you may find you like, but don’t be afraid to search Google for different ideas, remembering, if you can think it, we can most likely apply it to your concrete.

Tile or Diamond Patterning

This would be the most popular approach to most projects that we encounter. It’s basically a “can’t go wrong” mentality to the design.

We begin obviously getting a proper square from the existing house, or 45deg if going for a Diamond, then basically just spacing out each individual line to the size required by our clients. You’ll also notice on this example shown we applied a bulk border to the outside just to break things up a bit more with a different colour.

Always remember as well, the smaller the tiles / diamonds, the smaller the area will look as a whole as it appears more “busy”. Great idea to keep the patterns bigger to keep the areas looking more expansive.

Concrete Resurfacing Ormeau

Custom Patterning

For something a little less “formal” than tiles or diamonds, why not have us install custom triangles and other unique shapes.

This taping is completely done by eye on the day and is basically an expression of the installers artistic approach.

You’ll notice with the picture example, the first being a simple custom taped design, whilst the second has added to that taped design by applying custom decorative swirling and patching throughout, but we’ll speak more on this custom finish in a bit.

custom taping

Offset Tiles

Offset tiles is a more intricate approach to a contemporary tiled approach.

Each line is taped in both directions, so for instance, if your tiles are needed to be 800mm long by 400mm wide, the area is taped every 800mm in one direction, then every 400mm in the other direction.

From there, each second section of taping between tiles is removed by stanley blade, leaving the design as shown in the picture provided.

Obviously the time consumption for taping this design is more than a standard tile pattern, so the pricing does increase a bit, but the visual appeal is well worth the reasonable extra cost.

Concrete Resurfacing Tallai

Decorative Borders & Insets

A lot of the time, less can be more when making improvements to large areas, of course depending entirely on your personal outlook.

A great way to add just a little something to an area without going overboard, is a simple border on your new concrete surface.

This can be a bulk colour border, or we can add tiled taping for a busier look, we can also step up a bit from there and continue the borders as an “inset” into the main concrete surface along control joint lines.

Again, what we can do is only limited to imagination most of the time, and I absolutely love getting creative, it keeps my little crazy man in my head working overtime and enjoying what I do, so hit me with a challenge.

decorative borders

Custom Centre Pieces

If you’ve got a large area and are not fond of a tile like approach, there are other ways to break up the bordom of singular colours.

Apart from the standard flecking that is applied to pretty much all our work, you can break up large areas with custom centre pieces.

Whether its a simple taped in triangle like the one shown here, or an intricate compass design with different colours outlining each aspect of the piece, there are many options to choose from, and of course YES, let your imagination run wild.

custom center piece

Full Custom Designs

Got a little bit of a wild streak in you? Like to think outside the box a little with a bit of wow factor thrown in?

Yes?

Then you’re right up my alley of spectacular street and we need to talk more in depth, in person, about what we can provide and about bringing your vision to life.

Just a small sample of custom works shown in the picture provided, each and every custom design we provide is unique to both our clients desires and the vision of the applicator. No two pieces are the same, and no other contractor will replicate because we all have our own styles.

full custom resurfacing

Epoxy Flooring

Last but not least is of course our Epoxy Flooring options.

This resurfacing approach is much more suited to indoor uses, ranging from single colour designs for commercial environments, to full flake finishes for garage floors and finally complete custom, metallic finishes for that WOW factor.

Epoxy is a great, long lasting product that is applied through a series or trowel, squigy and rollers. Not only is epoxy great to look at, but it is a breeze to clean and keep stains away from the surface.

epoxy flooring
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.

concrete resurfacing ashmore
concrete resurfacing ashmore
concrete resurfacing ashmore
concrete resurfacing ashmore
concrete resurfacing ashmore
concrete resurfacing ashmore
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