Exposed Aggregate Maudsland

Exposed Aggregate Driveway Maudsland

Project Description

Location: Maudsland
Project Size: 55sqm

I haven’t been too busy updating the website for the past month or so, not due to lack of things to post, but due to lack of quality projects to post about.

We have been completing plenty of work, but doing a lot of work for builders, which is nearly always just structural work ready for extensions and so forth, along with the private clients we have had have seemed to all be small boat parking areas or patios. All of which are very important to our business and we thank our clients for their work, but I like to keep the website updated with more decorative projects that we take on, as that is the main direction I steer with the business.

In saying that, we managed to get back onto the Exposed Aggregate Concrete this week with a new driveway installation at Maudsland (Riverstone Crossing). This project was a client who approached us about 6 months ago during the initial stages of their build, of which we provided an estimation for their driveway to be completed upon hand over from builder.

Once hand over was complete, we met the client onsite for the first time, then were confronted with a small dilemma regarding the new NBN that is being installed everywhere. Now don’t get me wrong, I more than anyone am dying to get some decent internet on at my house, but it’s becoming quite normal for the NBN node boxes to be installed in the middle of the proposed new driveway. Both this client, along with our client next week, have both had the same problem, then whilst contacting NBN to figure out what can be done, they were both given the reply of “you should have planned your house build better, we will charge $3000 to come out and move it”.

Ok, somewhat fair enough NBN, but our client is not only faced with this problem, but also a council planted tree also in the middle of the driveway (which is not allowed to be touched without written approval), along with a few meters down an easement sewer grate. All in all, nothing of an overly large problem to solve, just amusing that our clients couldn’t get a break at all at their entrance.

But, I digress, enough of the whinging about government endeavours.

After our normal excavation and removal of the concrete curbing, we installed the boxing allowing for a “not so symmetrical” approach from the road (given all the obsticles), along with of course our steel reinforcing and other necessities.

Concrete was poured today in Tibrogargan 75 (Black and White 75% white). A little bit tricky coming down the hill on an odd angle, along with concrete going off like a rocket as usual, saw us but only a 5 hours onsite before packing up and calling it a day.

Thank you to our clients for this project, not only for your work, but for making our business easy together. I look forward to hearing from you for the remaining pathways later on.

Exposed Aggregate Maudsland
Exposed Aggregate Maudsland
Exposed Aggregate Maudsland
Exposed Aggregate Maudsland
Concrete Refurbishment Arundel

Driveway Refurbishment Arundel

Project Description

Location: Arundel
Project Size: 55sqm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Concrete Driveway & Surrounds Hope Island

Project Description

Location: Hope Island
Project Size: 135sqm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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