Concrete Grind and Resurfacing Helensvale

Residential Concrete Make Over at Helensvale

Project Description

Location: Helensvale, Gold Coast
Project Size: 100sqm

Completed this puppy today for a full rejuvination of pathways, pool surrounds and patio section. The existing overlay was around 10 years old and run down, but it had been Urethane top coated at some stage which made grinding somewhat difficult……I won’t lie, I swore often and loud. But we got there and removed it all ready for our new coatings.

Shale Grey Main with White taped lines and White / Coal mid application flecking throughout for a nice, modern finish that will last for years more to come.

Thank you for your business McCathie family and all the best for Xmas and the New Year.

Project Photos

Concrete Grind and Resurfacing Helensvale
Concrete Grind and Resurfacing Helensvale
Concrete Grind and Resurfacing Helensvale
Concrete Grind and Resurfacing Helensvale
Concrete Grind and Resurfacing Helensvale
Concrete Grind and Resurfacing Helensvale
Concrete Grind and Resurfacing Helensvale
Concrete Grind and Resurfacing Helensvale
Concrete Grind and Resurfacing Helensvale
Concrete Grind and Resurfacing Helensvale
Concrete Grind and Resurfacing Helensvale
Concrete Grind and Resurfacing Helensvale
Concrete Grind and Resurfacing Helensvale
Concrete Grind and Resurfacing Helensvale
Concrete Grind and Resurfacing Helensvale
Concrete Grind and Resurfacing Helensvale
Concrete Grind and Resurfacing Helensvale
Concrete Grind and Resurfacing Helensvale
Concrete Grind and Resurfacing Helensvale
Concrete Grind and Resurfacing Helensvale
Concrete grind and new resurfacing helensvale

Entertaining Area Re Application Helensvale

Project Description

Location: Helensvale, Gold Coast
Project Size: 110sqm

Our clients here had an existing entertaining area patio / pool surrounds and side path that was sprayed over 10 years ago. They did a great job re-sealing, except for the last time where it appears the contractor had used inferior products, which left a pretty shitty shine to the surface and had started delaminating. They loved the existing pattern / colours they, so my instructions where to make it new again. A full grind back of the existing to bare concrete, repairs of a few areas, then re-application of a perfectly smooth design with minimal flecking and extra wide 1.0m tiles throughout.

Colour Used: Almond with Ocean Sand lines and Ocean Sand / Truffle flecking.

Project Photos

Concrete grind and new resurfacing helensvale
Concrete grind and new resurfacing helensvale
Concrete grind and new resurfacing helensvale
Concrete grind and new resurfacing helensvale
Concrete grind and new resurfacing helensvale
Concrete grind and new resurfacing helensvale
Concrete grind and new resurfacing helensvale
Concrete grind and new resurfacing helensvale
Concrete grind and new resurfacing helensvale
Concrete grind and new resurfacing helensvale
Concrete grind and new resurfacing helensvale
Concrete grind and new resurfacing helensvale
Concrete grind and new resurfacing helensvale
Concrete grind and new resurfacing helensvale
Concrete grind and new resurfacing helensvale
Custom concrete and resurfacing Upper Coomera Gold Coast

Custom Concrete Pool Area Upper Coomera

Project Description

Location: Upper Coomera, Gold Coast
Project Size: 40sqm

Pool area entertaining refurbishment. New installation of concrete throughout, return a few weeks later to complete a customised version of our “Desert Dreams” finish in colour toning to match the existing sandstone and overall feel of the area. Can’t wait to get some more photos after the glass fencing is installed and the area is finished off.

Thanks for the work guys, look forward to catching up again.

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Custom concrete and resurfacing Upper Coomera Gold Coast
Custom concrete and resurfacing Upper Coomera Gold Coast
Custom concrete and resurfacing Upper Coomera Gold Coast
Custom concrete and resurfacing Upper Coomera Gold Coast
Custom concrete and resurfacing Upper Coomera Gold Coast
Custom concrete and resurfacing Upper Coomera Gold Coast
Custom concrete and resurfacing Upper Coomera Gold Coast
Custom concrete and resurfacing Upper Coomera Gold Coast
Custom concrete and resurfacing Upper Coomera Gold Coast
Custom concrete and resurfacing Upper Coomera Gold Coast
Custom concrete and resurfacing Upper Coomera Gold Coast
Custom concrete and resurfacing Upper Coomera Gold Coast
Custom concrete and resurfacing Upper Coomera Gold Coast
Custom concrete and resurfacing Upper Coomera Gold Coast
Custom Decorative Concrete Installation Ormeau

Stormy Skies – A Journey

Into the Vortex

The freedom of thought, create and expand,
hesitation, doubt, control and command.
If nothing else, has given life depth,
the minds eye, brings new concept.
Committed to different, unique,
uneducated, but won’t accept defeat.
Clash of contrasting techniques, light, dark,
elegance, as we begin, embark.
A mid-tone sky, the setting for thought,
titans clash, structure contort.
The vortex erupts, as colours collide,
intertwined, by no mans laws they abide.
No matter which view, captures our eyes,
doomed only to die, when mother nature decides.

Into the Vortex Article

The Begining of the Storm

First things first. I have a very limited education and I’m apparently heavily ADHD and blah blah blah goes the doctors prognosis. This has influenced heavily on my limited education, but whatever, I’m already onto several other topics. My attempt at poetry was just me putting words to paper. I fucking suck at talking outside of this format, but I find through writing I can relax and say what I actual mean, even if not understood, at least some clarity on my end.

Either way, I would usually put up a standard post on this project. A simple “this is what we did and here’s some photos” type of setup. Very exciting. But I just wanted to put down some words on the background of this design and how it was implemented.  Maybe a little bit so anyone reading this gibberish might get some meaning behind certain aspects of things…..maybe I just want to put my head onto paper so I can understand the ferris wheel myself and maybe improve upon what we do. Either way, my headphones just rocked out and Pearl Jam is bringing it home…..BRB.

Surely this won’t take long….

Stormy Skies, great name huh? Full credit to my awesome wife. We have a relationship where I use the colouring pencils and she gives my craziness a heading for Google. But, that, simple little thing of giving my designs a name, an inspiration, has allowed us to start moving away from “imitating” things and putting our actual artistic designs onto the concrete canvas. Not only for our clients to (hopefully) enjoy, but also for the world to judge (OK, maybe “world” is a bit extreme, lets just stick with Gold Coast and Surrounds).

And man does it put on pressure. Dangling out on a limb. Sliding along a knife edge wondering if what we just put down on the our canvas will be liked…or at least seen for it’s rendition of what we’re trying to acheive. I’m so glad I’m not a movie star, constantly being judged my entire life would drive me crazy…..er than I already am.

But lets stop shooting shit and get back to “Stormy Skies”.

I’ll put some photos up next with some explanations on the thought process and where I’m heading with it. The idea that is put into an assured vision of creation, with products that are seldom able to be controlled (epoxy). Living the dream……

Warning: Images left full size and sucks for slow internet. This is deliberate and I'm not sorry.

Before We Start

First things first, our clients. You guys are so amazing. Thank you so kindly for the bottom of our hearts for looking on our work and providing us the freedom of thought and creation to simply design in it’s true essence, without restraints.

Before the main pretty shit got started, we got down to business installing some concrete for “convenience in parking purposes”….farking boring. But necessary nonetheless.

From here we are basically left with an open schedule to not only recreate our “Stormy Skies, but make it unique to this property. The main challenge we are faced with, was the rear pathways needed to be resurfaced with spray products, along with the driveway, but somewhere inbetween, the garage needed to be installed with a completely different medium….metallic epoxy.

Sitting down through several meetings which was basically just me sitting there trying to picture an end result, I had a design style in my mind, making our “Stormy Skies” unique. My wife wanted me to put it down on paper….make reference to what it was, but that just didn’t make sense while I was off patting the clients dog, so I just did what I normally do, take several mental notes and keep my fingers crossed I don’t have a brain aneurysm somewhere between then and installation time. She’ll be right….Right?

Aiden Writeup Decorative Designs
Aiden Writeup Decorative Designs

Beginning - The Buildup

I started with the rear path as we would need to complete the epoxy in the garage before starting on the driveway, epoxy has a habit of running into areas unwanted when doing metallic’s in a garage, so I wanted to make sure if we got any over spills, they could be cleaned up properly before doing the spray resurfacing on the driveway…..structural integrity etc etc blah blah.

So with the spray design, we’re going with the typical design for “Stormy Skies”, but I guess the “unique to this installation” part comes from fine tuning the design itself. Implicating a softer spray pattern that allows for more of the colour underneath to show through, that through a lighter touch, actually allows for more colour toning throughout, as the main colour isn’t as full on (man I doubt that makes sense to anyone else……diddlydee POTATOES!)

This of course has to be combined with the right mixing of products and correct nozzles with pressure applications to allow for this kind of spray….but I won’t get into specifics as it’s taken well over a decade to learn this and I’ll simply start mentally wandering off if we get into education shit.

Also allowing for much broader spray patterns through the white detailing, working on flow while connecting the decorations, then bringing Midnight Blue through to contrast heavily, but broadly against the oposing sections of the storm.

Simple tricks with resurfacing involve flecking to varying degrees. Yes, most installers will tell you how they fleck their work and it’s so impressive and amazing…..psst, inside info…..it’s a trick to hide mistakes a lot of the time and help things flow a bit better. Neccessary a lot of the time, but just don’t drink the coolaide.

Now don’t get me wrong, everything we do that is meant to have a more “natural” feel, I fleck as well to varying degrees, it’s just what we do, but this design, there is no flecking and no room for it. Live and die by my control of my “trigger finger” (corny but true.) Few mistakes and little room for error, this design, for spray resurfacing at least, relies on heavy contrasting of the confronting storm, as it builds towards something more severe.

Custom Decorative Concrete
Custom Decorative Concrete
Custom Decorative Concrete
Custom Decorative Concrete

Chaos - Eye of the storm

This is where worlds collide. The true star of the show. Metallic Epoxy customised to not only suit the design style of what we’re doing outside, but also capture a different moment in time. Another segment of chaos where the clash of light and dark combine into a whirlwind vortex of opposing forces. The heart of true mayhem, subtly combined by mother nature in an awe inspiring sense of amazement as you watch the forces collide and create true chaos. Lightning. Thunder. Dogs barking…..at least my assholes anyway. Damn Pomeranians! My Little Soldier

I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me. This is my head on a daily basis. This clash of good vs evil. Light vs dark. Do I or Don’t I?

Somehow, it all makes sense and the right path is chosen….well at least reached anyway…albeit with a few scars along the way.

Custom Metallic Epoxy
Custom Metallic Epoxy
Custom Metallic Epoxy
Custom Metallic Epoxy

Fading Away - Twilight

The storm subsided, at least the eye. It has passed. The chaos of light and dark now superceded by a twilight that still holds the fundemental elements mother nature provided, but in a much more solemn context.

We flow from the garage through the driveway, directly meeting as the clouds flow from garage to driveway, returning the same feeling of the rear sections, still heavily contrasted in colour as the beast teeters to the street below.

We finish and return a sense of reason and normality in tune with the rest of societies norms.

Level once again, until, tomorrow, when chaos returns to bring us once more to the brink of insanity.

Custom decorative concrete gold coast
Custom decorative concrete gold coast
Custom decorative concrete gold coast
Custom decorative concrete gold coast
Custom decorative concrete gold coast
Custom decorative concrete gold coast
Custom decorative concrete gold coast
Custom decorative concrete gold coast

Entire photos from this project can be found HERE (for everyone still on Dial up)

Decorative Resurfacing Molendinar

Finishing Off Decorative Works Molendinar

Project Description

Location: Molendinar
Project Size: 85sqm

Just the last stage of our larger, custom decorative project out at Molendinar completed today. Resurfacing of the carport and driveway to match roughly the custom stamped and stained concrete we installed a few weeks ago.

Colours Used: White base with Blue Mountain main, Midnight Blue borders with Midnight Blue and Natural flecking.

Project Photos

Decorative Resurfacing Molendinar
Decorative Resurfacing Molendinar
Decorative Resurfacing Molendinar
Decorative Resurfacing Molendinar
Decorative Resurfacing Molendinar
Decorative Resurfacing Molendinar
Decorative Resurfacing Molendinar
Concrete and Resurfacing Bethania

Drive and Entrance Refurbishment

Project Description

Location: Bethania
Project Size: 70sqm

Installation of new concrete pathway and entrance and full resurfacing of those areas along with driveway section.

Colours Used
River Sand main colour with Silver Birch, White and Fossil flecking and a single, White 12mm taped line for boundary edges.

Before and After Concrete Resurfacing Bethania

Project Photos

Plain Concrete Installation Bethania
Plain Concrete Installation Bethania
Concrete and Resurfacing Bethania
Concrete and Resurfacing Bethania
Concrete and Resurfacing Bethania
Concrete and Resurfacing Bethania
Warranty Repairs Jacobs Well

Warranty Works

Project Description

Location: Jacobs Well
Project Size: 60sqm

“You can’t accept your wins if you can’t wear your losses.” – Me 2019

I’m a big believer that business is all about the ups and downs. We work the hardest of making sure that the up’s are much more frequent than the downs, but of course, the downs are never that far away. The main thing, is that working just as hard on the downs as we do on the ups, turns those downs also into ups. I swear that just sounded like “Cat in the Hat” reading that back to myself….

This project here is a project we got under way around October 2018. A package deal for our clients with installation of side paths and driveway in plain grey concrete, then returning to decorative resurfacing or overlay the concrete to something pretty and fancy for this up market area in Jacobs Well.

The time came to install the concrete and a brief look at the weather had Mr Weather Man predicting 20% chance of 1-5mm of rain. Having been in this industry for 20+ years, a little rain here and there is certainly nothing that frightens us, especially considering we’re resurfacing later. At worst, it will just cool the afternoon down a bit on an already scorching days work.

However, as we got to final finishing, a big purple headed monster flew over the mountains with bright red eyes and horns of fire and instead of the 1-5mm of rain which would have seen my lovely niece in her gumboots splashing around, we were getting spears of pure evil pelted from the heavens at near horizontal angles seeing us racing for cover behind the other side of the house praying that the wall didn’t fall down.

10 minutes. That’s all it was, but it was enough to wash all the surface off our newly installed concrete and saw me kicking construction hats down the street swearing at Thor and his horrible temper that he just threw my way.

But, we are professionals and the show must go on.

We returned in November to start resurfacing works. I took to the concrete with my grinders, hoping to remove any unwanted wash that was sitting on the surface and wouldn’t prevent a solid bond of our new resurfacing products. I then acid cleaned the bejingles out of it and pressure washed everything off until I had nothing but pure stone to contact bond to when resurfacing.

After completing the resurfacing and taking all precautions I could, I walked away knowing that my years of experience has again gotten us out of a tricky situation….or so I thought.

Our client here got back in touch with us April this year, about 4-5 months after we finished work there. They just let us know that there were two cracks in the concrete that they would like me to look at.

Now one of these cracks, was just an unfortunate, non-structural crack that was only a hairline and being held together nicely by the steel reinforcing. Sucks that it’s there, but nothing more could be done. However, the bottom crack, was right next to the joint and looked pretty shitty. After some closer inspection, I could see that it was another control area that had basically gotten some unwanted materials in there, and, over the past 4-5 months, had began to let go in a straight line, more installation error than faulty product.

Now I had two choices here, licencing and warranty terms only dictate that I need to repair the damaged area, which would have been a pretty easy process considering it was only a small area, but I wanted to go the extra mile here and grind off the entire surface of the concrete and resurface again for two reasons.

Firstly, I wanted to make sure there weren’t any other areas underneath our resurfacing that I had missed in the original process that would fail later on down the track for our clients. I want our clients to have a long lasting solution for their concrete, not just a pretty coating that comes off if you step on it too hard.

Secondly, I know that if I just grind back and repair and resurfacing that particular section, in the position where it is, the new colour I put next to the old colour is going to look different. Over time, the two colours would blend back to each other, but these are good clients here and I want them to have the job they paid for.

So after a few days swearing and kicking behind the floor grinder, dragging my ageing ass over the concrete to hand grind the remaining bits, repairing areas, acid and pressure cleaning again, double base coating with modified product for fullness, then finally re-spraying, our clients again have their beautiful driveway back to pristine condition and not only looking fantastic, but I also modified the products that I used making them stronger and more effective…..lets see this little sucker let go now, I dare you.

Now, we’re only a small operation, literally me, my wife and the odd sub-contractor. Finding time to complete warranty works, especially with what was required here, is very difficult. I explained to our clients here to please be patient, gave them an outline of what I would be completing whilst asking them to be patient about the overall time frame. We finished their respray over a 3 week period, leaving them full access on the driveway throughout the duration except for the last 2 days (yesterday and today), when the final coatings went down.

If you’re reading this Geoff & Val, thank you for your patience  in waiting for repairs, along with you respect and trust that we are professionals and only want the best results for you, along with you overall business. It was a pleasure working with you.

Colours Used
White base with Natural main colour, Blue Mountain borders and control inserts with White and Blue Mountain Flecking

Project Photos

Warranty Repairs Jacobs Well
Warranty Repairs Jacobs Well
Warranty Repairs Jacobs Well
Warranty Repairs Jacobs Well
Warranty Repairs Jacobs Well
Warranty Repairs Jacobs Well
Warranty Repairs Jacobs Well
Warranty Repairs Jacobs Well
Warranty Repairs Jacobs Well