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
Plain Concrete Robina

Plain Concrete Installation Robina

Project Description

Location: Robina
Project Size: 102sqm

Here’s a little project we completed a few weeks back that was around 6 months in the making. Our client here is in the process of renovating their home at Robina, and initially we had priced to remove the entire driveway and patio section and re-pour, along with a new rear pergola area, shed base and then resurfacing the lot.

Along the way things were downgraded to removing and extending half the driveway, along with a new patio and shed base out the back, with the rest of the work to follow in the future.

This project was a relatively simple affair, with the only real drama coming from the limited street entry access for machinery and trucks. I have found over the years, that as long as I use more grounded and professional sub-contractors, instead of going for the cheapest dollar on supply, that these little things really don’t cause any headaches in the end.

After what only seemed a few hours, around 40sqm of the driveway, along with about 40 hardwood timber sleepers were removed from the new concrete areas and taken away from my machinery provider.

Returning the next day to set everything up, the usually was prepared with the formwork and steel reinforcing, with a little extra “doubled up” steel on the driveway to combat the root problem our client had previously.

Classic turned up to complete the pumping for us, with a 50Lm push and having to setup on the footpath, they handled things as professionally as I would expect and there were no troubles at all placing and finishing the concrete.

I returned a few days later to complete some floor levelling at the rear door in preparation for decorative applications later on down the track, completed a full site clean up and waved good bye to another happy client.

Thank you as always to our clients.

Plain Concrete Robina
Plain Concrete Robina
Plain Concrete Robina
Plain Concrete Robina
Plain Concrete Robina
Plain Concrete Robina
Plain Concrete Robina
Plain Concrete Robina
Concrete Shed Base Labrador

Structural Shed Base Labrador

Project Description

Location: Labrador
Project Size: 46sqm

Over at Labrador for this little project, I say little, but due to an over zealous engineer and mother nature throwing an oven at us, this turned into a little nightmare really.

Primarily the purpose of this build was to be a shed slab, however, our clients stump home is also being extended towards the shed, so this base was to serve a double purpose, acting as a foundation for the adjoining building to come.

Given this, the Engineer did was Engineer’s do and gave us plans for 450mm x 400mm perimeter footings, full R11-3 Bar cages, N12 starters connecting to SL82 reinforcing mesh on top, followed by 115mm of 32MPA concrete throughout.

Now this as well, was nothing that can’t be handled, very simple setup really that we’ve completed 100’s of times throughout our work history. But during the dig out, as the old Labrador ground opened up, we started to run into stump after stump that needed to be hand dug and chain sawed out to make way for the foundation. After the hard slog of this, getting all this steel around and tied down was the next little victory, completing all this in what seemed like 40.deg heat really had our asses hanging out.

Coming back the soon after to pour this slab, the earliest we could organise both concrete and pump was a 10am pour, which for us is very out of the ordinary, usually choosing to be heading home around this time.

Mother Nature didn’t miss us again either, sweltering us with another 40+.deg day, which coupled with using Hytec Concrete at 32MPA, made this 12m.cub a little tough to chase and get a nice finish on.

But in the end, all went in well, looks a treat and finished off nicely, even if we could only broom the awning out the front instead of stippling.

Thanks to our client, this is the second time out on this site, hopefully to return soon for some more pathways after the extension gets completed.

Onto the next project now, dealing with the rain but at least it’s not as hot as it’s been.

Concrete Shed Base Labrador
Concrete Shed Base Labrador
Concrete Shed Base Labrador
Concrete Shed Base Labrador
Aggregate Driveway Maudsland

Exposed Aggregate Driveway Maudsland

Project Description

Location: Maudsland
Project Size: 104sqm

There’s always that one job, that’s booked in with plenty of time before the Christmas break, that gets delayed from the builder just those few extra days, which then mean we can’t get bookings until after the break and our client needs to wait a few more weeks. This is that job for 2017 / 2018, in the end though, definitely worth waiting a bit longer for.

We priced this project up with our client as building commenced in around mid 2017, then to return after hand over to get the driveway and some pathways in. Our clients where very cautious with what colour / style of stone they installed, even driving all the way to Maroochydore to check the installed samples from our suppliers (local suppliers didn’t have updated samples of the stones as of yet).

After the stone was picked, the typical preparation ensued in regards to removal of the curbing, sub-grade and all the steel requirements to hold everything together.

As always, I like to separate my decorative projects allowing for smaller pours (especially in Summer), but also allowing for proper construction joints at areas that are more prone to cracking than others.

Our first pour on this one saw the rear and side paths completed, along with the top parking section until we got to the roll over heading down the hill (high % crack area). This is where we stopped, allowed for a cold joint dowel connection, then returned the next day to finish things off.

The heat was a killer on this job and we were right out in it without a cloud to save us. We also like to pour our Exposed quite dry as it allows for better stone spread and wash off, also being a relatively steep driveway, the concrete was placed at about 70-80 slump. Given this, plus the heat, we were literally seeing stars during placement, not big, but hard yakka.

The end result was worth the sweat though, with a lovely, even spread of stone throughout, with good levels and a smooth look as the driveway transitions to the house and the front entry.

Thank you to our client as always, especially for your patience as well and understanding with the Christmas break, it’s good to see you’re all moved in now and we wish you the best with the future.

Aggregate Driveway Maudsland
Aggregate Driveway Maudsland
Aggregate Driveway Maudsland
Aggregate Driveway Maudsland
Aggregate Driveway Maudsland
Aggregate Driveway Maudsland
Stamped Concrete Carrara

End of 2016 Update

Happy New Year!

I’d like to tell you that I was that snowed under towards the end of 2016, that I just didn’t have time to update completed work on the website…..I’d like to tell you that….but I can’t. I was just lazy.

So here now at the start of 2017, I decided to just chuck some photos together of some of the work we completed and put them all into one post. No descriptions for any of the work, just a visual extravaganza of what we got up to.

Plenty of work lined up, 2017 has started with a bang. I will endeavour to not be a lazy ass and keep the website updated more often.

Concrete Resurfacing Gilston
Concrete Resurfacing Gilston
Concrete Resurfacing Gilston
Stamped Concrete Carrara
Stamped Concrete Carrara
Concrete Parking Labrador
Concrete Parking Labrador
Colour Concrete Driveway Tallai
Colour Concrete Driveway Tallai
Colour Concrete Driveway Tallai
Concrete Bin Area Logan School
Concrete Bin Area Logan School
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