Exposed Aggregate Driveway Pimpama

Exposed Driveway Pimpama

Project Description

Location: Pimpama
Project Size: 54sqm

As is always the trend around the middle of the year, another smaller project to complete out at a new building site. It’s funny how Tax time always seems to be slow, at least it’s easy to read each year I suppose…good holidays time as well.

Our clients for this project have moved up from Tasmania and are thoroughly enjoying our Gold Coast Winter, as opposed to what they are accustomed too. We price our clients up a few months back as their new house was starting to be built, then of course once hand over was finished, we were away.

Nothing out of the ordinary on this one, which in a way, was kind of nice considering it was a nice flat area to work on with good access all around, something we’re not used to at all. After an hour or so with the machine, the curbing was removed, sub-grade complete and we boxed up and steeled all ready for a pour.

The Aggregate chosen by our clients was called Ghost, which is an all white stone from their new supplier, which isn’t of the crushed variety, but more white river stone, which in our opinion comes up a lot better, and more natural than the crush.

We poured this one a little later on a Friday which we usually dont do, but having time restraints, we had to do what we had to do. All finished up with a few beers by around 330pm, ready for a relaxed weekend ahead.

Exposed Aggregate Driveway Pimpama
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Pimpama
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Pimpama
Concrete Resurfacing Coomera

Decorative Resurfacing Coomera

Project Description

Location: Coomera
Project Size: 35sqm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you next for the Epoxy Garage.

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

Colour Concrete Driveway Gilston

Project Description

Location: Gilston
Project Size: 97sqm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Concrete Resurfacing Maudsland

Project Description

Location: Maudsland
Project Size: 94sqm

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

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

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

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

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

Concrete Resurfacing Maudslands
Concrete Resurfacing Maudslands
Concrete Resurfacing Maudslands
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