Project Size: 250sqm
Our client for this project found us from our advertising and was interested in our custom resurfacing designs that we have completed in the past. He loved it because it’s completely custom and you don’t see this stuff around very often, so standing out from the crowd played a big hand in his decision making.
With these types of designs, a number of installers do similar designs, but everyone has their own take or rendition on it, leaving pretty much all designs completed like this being somewhat individual in nature, something you won’t see anywhere else.
We were confronted with a job here that was in relatively good condition structurally, but the old spray surface had been let go and gone to tatters, along with the concrete on the pool surrounds, patio and side access all being old and in desperate need of refurbishment, not forgetting the couple of exposed aggregate areas that needed a little more attention.
Given the size of the project, I wanted to wait until I had a completely free schedule so I could concentrate solely on this project, getting the little things right along with the extra brain power needed to apply an “on the go” finishing style that is completed by eye, on the day, with no real guidelines to work from.
So once this time came around, after about 6 weeks of our client waiting for us, I began with the hard slog of grinding off the existing spray on surface completely, followed by hand grinding all the corners, cutting out the cracking areas, grinding those back, then base coating everything, finally followed once again by rubbing everything back ready for our new surface to be applied.
This took around a week to complete the “prep” section and left me tired, bleeding and with a nose full of dust (even though full pretection was worn).
Onto the fun stuff after this, and we began our new surfacing the following week.
Now each section is very time consuming when applying this finish. We took on about 60sqm per day give or take, and this saw us start taping at around 630am and be finished up with a single coat of sealer by around 330pm each day. For comparison, the same size section with a standard design we would be finished by around the 1200pm mark each day.
So with the project all broken down into section stops that I could finish and commence work again the next day, we plugged through the whole areas, flipping and changing swirls in “natural” colour on top of “blue mountain” main, topping it off with “midnight blue” corner patching for a bit more contrast, finally finishing the whole project off with a second full coat of high grade sealer and ready for some photos.
Now this type of finish, doesn’t suit everyone. I find you either love it or hate it. I can complete this from mild to wild, with the general design being “somewhat” similar for each, but customising things to suit a clients tastes.
For instance, this design all our highlighting was completed as contrast colours to really emphasize the swirling and patching, not really aiming for things to look natural, but in turn aiming for the design itself to stand out and pop!
Another way of tackling this design is calming down the contrast colours, custom blending colours so they are closer to each other and look like variances throughout the concrete.
Another way is to use a darker colour for the swirling and patching, which then doesn’t have that pizzazzz that this particular finish here has.
Either way you look at these, they are designed to a clients tastes / desires, installed trying to match the current (or to be), colour styles of the house,and they are completely custom, one of a kind installations.
Thank you to our client for giving us a canvass to splash my creativity onto, your business is very appreciated.