Concrete Driveway & Surrounds Hope Island

Project Description

Location: Hope Island
Project Size: 135sqm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exposed Aggregate Driveway Upper Coomera

Project Description

Location: Upper Coomera
Project Size: 85sqm

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

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

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

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

Concrete Driveway Upper Coomera
Concrete Driveway Upper Coomera
Concrete Driveway Upper Coomera
Concrete Resurfacing Ashmore

Pathway Refurbishment Ashmore

Project Description

Location: Ashmore
Project Size: 25sqm

Our client for this project got onto me from another job we completed just around the corner from her house, from our sign that was out the front. She loved the decorative finish we applied there and wanted her own version to revamp her entry pathway to her house.

Typically, we don’t usually venture this small for work, but I love doing this finish so away we went.

Existing was an exposed aggregate pathway that had previously been resurfaced before, but was worn and old and needed some modernising. I began by getting stuck into it with the floor grinder, removing all the existing top coatings and taking it back down to the stones beneath.

To remove all the grind marks and even out the surface, a base coating was applied in white, followed by taping in the random triangles throughout getting the pathway to flow back to the house.

Almond colouring was then applied over two coats, followed by Ocean Sand colouring for the patching and swirl effects, finished off with a light fleck just to naturalise the appearance.

All the taping was then ripped off and full acrylic sealer applied to finish things off.

As always, a big thank you to our lovely client, I really enjoy running into honest, genuine people to do business with, it’s the main reason I stick with residential work contracting directly to the client.

Concrete Resurfacing Ashmore
Concrete Resurfacing Ashmore
Concrete Resurfacing Ashmore
Concrete Resurfacing Ashmore
Concrete Deck Ashmore

Concrete Deck Ashmore

Project Description

Location: Ashmore
Project Size: 540sqm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Concrete Sitting Area Carrara

Project Description

Location: Carrara
Project Size: 27sqm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Concrete Entrace Carrara
Concrete Entrace Carrara
Plain Concrete Wongawallan

House Surrounds Wongawallan

Project Description

Location: Wongawallan
Project Size: 106sqm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plain Concrete Wongawallan
Plain Concrete Wongawallan
Colour Concrete Mount Nathan

Colour Driveway & Surrounds Mount Nathan

Project Description

Location: Mount Nathan
Project Size: 170sqm

We quoted this project over a year ago now as a rough estimate, then returning once it was nearing completion to finalise the pricing and details to go into it. Not much changed from the original quotation, just needing to add a pump to the cost to get all the concrete placed.

We began as always with the removal of the concrete curbing, followed by a full sub-grade of the areas for the new concrete to be placed. All the formwork was installed, followed by the steel reinforcing which was tied and chaired into the concrete, we were ready for some new concrete throughout.

The colour our clients chose was CCS Water Buffalo, which at first comes out a pretty strong brown tone, but once curing takes place over the next few days and the water dissapears from the concrete, the colour will tone back nicely to match the rest of the colours on this new house.

With the driveway being finished with trowel machine and the paths and rear alfresco hand finished, we had an early mark today being knocked off by 11am all stripped and ready to move onto the next one.

Thank you to our clients for not only getting us to price the work over a year ago, but making sure we were the contractor they called back to complete the work. Sometimes, getting an early price like that, some clients use that pricing to get a cheaper price somewhere else. It’s good to see people knowing the quality contractor they wish to use and sticking by their choice.

As always, your work was very appreciated and all the best with the finishing off of your lovely new home.

Colour Concrete Mount Nathan
Colour Concrete Mount Nathan
Colour Concrete Mount Nathan
Colour Concrete Mount Nathan
Concrete Resurfacing Ashmore

Driveway Refurbishment Ashmore

Project Description

Location: Ashmore
Project Size: 94sqm

Our clients for this project got onto us through our website, which is nice to see everything is working well now it is all up and running properly.

On quoting this project we were faced with an ageing exposed aggregate concrete driveway, which having not been protected over the years, had started to erode and look pretty shabby. Still in good condition though for resurfacing, we wasted no time in getting the project underway.

The drain that was initially installed years ago was not working properly, along with a section of the path that had fallen away from the house, so we firstly proceeded to demolish and remove these sections, followed by a proper steep preparation and new concrete and drain installed to these areas.

After our repair work on the cracking sections with a special home brew mix that works wonders, the base coating section was commenced. When going over exposed aggregate, the Resurfacing Compound is modified with extra materials that not only allow for a thicker installation to get the surface smooth, but also makes the product stronger for better wearing over time. Two thick coatings applied by hand, then a good rub back, re-cutting of the control joints and we were all set to spay our final coatings on.

Monday was the day to spray, however, the weatherman for the rest of the week predicted thunderstorms….everyday….all day….all week. So we postponed every day this week leading up to the Friday, then finally after we had had no rain all week, decided the weatherman was delirious and that we were just going to spray anyways and cross the wet bridge if we came to it.

Getting an early start on the Friday, the boys kept the mixes coming whilst I applied the first 2 colour coatings to the surface. Then after a short break, out came the corflute and we began with patterning throughout the finish. Odd bits of swirling and patching work getting everything to blend and flow nicely takes quite a bit of time, but after a few hours, we were happy with the decorations and began ripping up all the taped lines ready for a good coating of sealer.

Although the clouds did close in that afternoon and had us worried for a bit, the rain seemed to luckily bypass us and we finished off with our clients on the patio with a cold beer and some good conversation.

Thank you to our clients as always, not only was your job a pleasure, but your friendliness and hospitality second to none. It was a pleasure doing business with you.

Concrete Resurfacing Ashmore
Concrete Resurfacing Ashmore
Concrete Resurfacing Ashmore
Concrete Resurfacing Ashmore
Concrete Driveway Molendinar

Hinterland Driveway Molendinar

Project Description

Location: Molendinar
Project Size: 561sqm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Entertainment Area Carrara Markets

Project Description

Location: Carrara
Project Size: 145sqm

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

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

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

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

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

Plain Concrete Carrara
Plain Concrete Carrara
Plain Concrete Carrara