Exposed Aggregate Concrete Installation Bonogin

Exposed Aggregate Demo and Pour Bonogin

Exploring before repouring

First off. It’s so humbling to us having our customers giving us their faith and trust, waiting for us sometimes for more than 6 months, knowing that we’re there to do the job to the best possible outcome, regardless of difficulties. No excuses, just getting the job done. If you’re one of these clients, like Rebecca and Colleen here, thank you.

We started out on this project last year with the client removing the existing pavers, that were already falling off and down the steep hill, by attempting to explore the concrete with floor grinding to see if there was an option of resurfacing what was there. After a few hours grinding and hitting what is possible the worst section of destruction I’ve come across, some being about 30mm in concrete depth, I pulled the pin and gave the bad news that it would need to be ripped out and new concrete poured, resurfacing was not an option.

I did not charge for the exploration grinding, simply provided a new price for demo and new concrete. Given our experience as well, after working out some heights, we managed to save out client quite a bit of money here, not having to demo all of the concrete because, as it was at a lower level than the surrounding grass, we could simply go straight over the existing concrete in places, avoiding the expensive cost of full demolition.

So we basically just removed several key sections that we needed to to account for cold joint entries, along with council regulations at the cross over.

The main problem we had with the project, throughout all the works, was the steepness of the hill. You can see it a little in the photos, but it is definitely a problem child at best. But, we’ve been here many times before, so certainly not an obstacle that was worrying us too much.

I decided to break this project down into 3 pours because firstly, I don’t like pumping exposed if I can help it. If I must, then that’s a different story, but if there is another option, we eliminate the risk of segregating the aggregates, keeping the mix as even right through in colours as we can.

Secondly, the steepness of the driveway saw me wanting to put in two main construction joints at the weakest spots, the first being the initial step from top pad to the steep section, the section being at the bottom of the steep section as it levelled out on the main road again.

These are both areas that always cause cracking and concern in an installation like this, so eliminating a monolithic hold there and replacing with a construction joint, is a far better outcome overall.

I went old school on this install. I brought a bobcat in to place the concrete up the hill for us as wheel barrows and truck access were impossible. Kind of brought back a few memories, having not used a bobcat for installation for probably 10-12 years…..was pretty fun watching the bobcat slipping up and down the hill as we went.

All in all, our client went with a Salt and Pepper variety of concrete in 75% black stone 25% white stone and we think it went really well with their house colourings.

Thanks Rebecca and Colleen. Again, your patience and kindness is very humbling. We appreciate your business entirely.

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Exposed Aggregate Concrete Installation Bonogin
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Exposed Aggregate Concrete Installation Bonogin
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Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine

Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine

Project Description

Location: Mount Tamborine, Qld
Project Size: 280sqm

We’ve been out and completed a tricky exposed aggregate install for a driveway in Tamborine over the last few weeks. Quite a long install, combined with being over the back side of the mountain and concrete needing to travel over an hour to get there. A small, three meter wide access point which only allows for mini’s to pass, along with a red clay slippery entrance when it rained for a few days.

We ended up pouring over 6 days, which typically this would be poured in two sections, but the access and location had us just easing our way out.

A great result though and this driveway has added thousands of dollars value to our clients property. Such a massive improvement on the old bitumen that was falling apart.

Thanks Dhana and Sanji for your buiness, kindness and great conversations. We’ll see you again in a few weeks to get everything sealed for you.

Project Photos

Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Installation Mount Tamborine
Exposed Aggregate Patio Pacific Pines

Exposed Aggregate Marble Bar Patio Installation Pacific Pines

Project Description

Location: Paific Pines, Qld
Project Size: 27sqm

Back into the exposed aggregate this week for a small project at Pacific Pines. One of the hardest things to install to a high standard when talking exposed aggregate, is prodominately a single coloured stone. Although our Marble Bar from Hytec isn’t 100% pure white, it still makes me feel proud seeing a nice even exposure throughout from careful workmanship.

Thanks for your business Potts family, we look forward to hearing what else you have installed for us!

Project Photos

Exposed Aggregate Patio Pacific Pines
Exposed Aggregate Patio Pacific Pines
Exposed Aggregate Patio Pacific Pines
Exposed Aggregate Patio Pacific Pines
Exposed Aggregate Patio Pacific Pines
Exposed Aggregate Patio Pacific Pines
Exposed Aggregate Patio Pacific Pines
Exposed Aggregate Patio Pacific Pines
Concrete Hardscape Refurbishment Gold Coast

Concrete Extensions and Resurfacing Willowvale

Project Description

Location: Willowvale, Qld
Project Size: Multiple Area

We started out here extended the driveway about 500mm on the side to mark parking and exiting the vehicle a bit easier. Probably not something the layman really see’s, but peers will notice the time and effort put into aggregate matching along with the time put into the exposure rate to try and make both sections look as uniform as possible.

Next we extended the rear patio, then returned a few weeks later to resurface the old aggregate patio, along with the new concrete we installed.

Patio completed with Truffle base, Riversand main with Off White, Truffle and Fraser flecking in a 600mm uniform tile pattern.

Thanks for your business guys and all the best with for the foreseeable future.

Project Photos

Concrete Hardscape Refurbishment Gold Coast
Concrete Hardscape Refurbishment Gold Coast
Concrete Hardscape Refurbishment Gold Coast
Concrete Hardscape Refurbishment Gold Coast
Concrete Hardscape Refurbishment Gold Coast
Concrete Hardscape Refurbishment Gold Coast
Concrete Hardscape Refurbishment Gold Coast
Concrete Hardscape Refurbishment Gold Coast
Concrete Hardscape Refurbishment Gold Coast
Concrete Hardscape Refurbishment Gold Coast
Concrete Hardscape Refurbishment Gold Coast

Exposed Aggregate Driveway Extension Arundel

Project Description

Location: Arundel, Queensland
Project Size: 25sqm

Just another quick little fit in before Christmas. Time is not on our side this year. A little driveway extension poured, along with a shed extension and floor grinding of the existing patio to remove the tile glue.

Project Photos

Exposed Aggregate Surrounds Pimapama

Exposed Aggregate Surrounds Pimpama

Project Description

Location: Pimpama
Project Size: 85sqm

The….Week…..From….Hell.

My god I wish I could just cower up into a ball this week and hide in a corner. But alas, the show must go on.

After our awesome little custom stone finish the other day, we returned over to Pimpama to finish setting up our customers side paths, tank stand and front driveway.

Our customer is here is getting a total package of some sorts. Not only are we completing this section of the concrete, we also completed the full flake epoxy flooring in the garage for them and will return in a few weeks once their pool is finished, to complete some more pathways and the pool surrounds…..talk about a work load. I keep hearing from customers it’s hard to find a contractor who does it all…..well maybe we don’t do it all, but what we do we do damn well.

*System note*: Writer at present may or may not have had a few too many beers this afternoon, please excuse the self accreditation….

Back on track now though.

All the typical with this installation, machines onsite to get the curb out and sub-grade our areas to what we need, SL72 reinforcing mesh all chaired throughout, re-entry bars and starter dowels followed by 4 big, ugly men putting in 12 off cubes of Salt and Pepper exposed aggregate to perfection.

I’m going to break this project down into three sections….because well….SEO and all that are on my back for more content…..but to give a little “overall” perspective on the job….

Salt and Pepper 50/50 mix for surrounds and driveway with a Snowflake 90% white flake epoxy garage looks absolutely insane contrasting against each other.

Enough for now, thanks greatly to our clients. I hope you were able to excuse the few cuss words and rough appearance, we’re not pretty, but your job is.

Exposed Aggregate Surrounds Pimapama
Exposed Aggregate Surrounds Pimapama
Exposed Aggregate Surrounds Pimapama
Exposed Aggregate Surrounds Pimapama
Exposed Aggregate Surrounds Pimapama
Exposed Aggregate Surrounds Pimapama
Exposed Concrete Driveway Runaway Bay

Exposed Makeover Runaway Bay

Project Description

Location: Runaway Bay
Project Size: 82sqm

Our client for this project found us online and like what they saw. After having a bad experience with their previous contractor, they decided to hunt around for a little bit better quality and service. So after receiving our quote and also looking over some of our previous work, we were all booked in and ready to start.

Existing on the driveway was pavers, which the client put an add on Gumtree and had them picked up by other people in need quite quickly. Part of our job description was not only installing the new exposed aggregate driveway, but also removing the existing brick fence at the front to allow for the installation later of a large, double opening gate making parking access for both vehicle and caravan.

So after spending a day on the machine knocking down the wall (and over filling the skip……whoops….sorry Earthfleet), we were all ready to go with the installation of the new concrete.

Off to the parking side is an easement section with GCCC sewer access. Basically I can’t change the heights of this, so I just customised the levels and falls to accommodate it in the new surface.

As with all my work these days, I’m quite happy to break my pours down into smaller sections, allowing not only more time to make sure we complete a better finish, but also allowing for proper construction joints at high percentage break points. This one obviously being straight down the middle as shown in the photos.

Back we came after the first section and completed the final pour today of the main driveway section, all control joints tooled into the concrete to make sure we catch the cracking and everything hosed off with near perfect precision.

Honestly, I don’t mean to blow our own horns……but damn we do some near perfect exposed. Spotless!

As always, our clients here were not only great to work with, also your hospitality was perfect and your patience waiting the 5 or 6 weeks for us to get there was worth it in the end. All the best with your new renovated home, it’s a perfect spot for living the good life.

Exposed Concrete Driveway Runaway Bay
Exposed Concrete Driveway Runaway Bay
Exposed Concrete Driveway Runaway Bay
Exposed Concrete Driveway Runaway Bay
Exposed Concrete Driveway Runaway Bay
Exposed Concrete Driveway Runaway Bay
Exposed Concrete Driveway Runaway Bay
Exposed Concrete Driveway Runaway Bay
Exposed Concrete Driveway Runaway Bay
Exposed Concrete Driveway Runaway Bay
Exposed Concrete Driveway Runaway Bay
Exposed Concrete Driveway Runaway Bay
Exposed Drainage Area Willowvale

Water Problem Solved Willowvale

Project Description

Location: Willowvale
Project Size: 25sqm

This is one of the projects we got completed this week, both of them being concreting jobs. I’m not going to do a write up on the first one down at Burleigh Heads, as it was a pretty straight forward driveway entrance. But this one here, was a little different, took a lot of expertise to complete and came up really nicely.

Our client had been dicked around by a previous concreter who had completed some other work down the side of the house. They had also quoted this project out the back, but from what I can make out, stuffed up the quote being extremely cheap on it, then instead of re-negotiating…simply went missing. Which of course is fine by me, being happy to step in and take the reigns making sure the client got what they were after.

Being only a small job it doesn’t seem like a lot of work, but it took 4 days to put this project together, most of the time, the small jobs are more technical and difficult, leading them to be harder than the big jobs.

We basically had a water problem out the back, no sunshine so grass wouldn’t grow and all the falls going back to the house. There is existing drainage, but with a soft landscape, the water was having troubles reaching the drain areas.

I proposed a small nib / retaining wall installed on the back side in plain concrete, something to allow us to dig down the required depth without the existing ground then being an eye sore going up from it. This also allowed for a small garden section to be installed between the new wall and the fence. This wall will later be rendered and painted to suit the surrounds, finishing the area off nicely.

The real trick with this job was matching the existing aggregate that had been installed. With no way to contact the previous concreter, we basically just had to take a stab at it working off a small sample and pretty much hope for the best. Now everyone knows it’s nearly impossible to match aggregates, even with the exact stone from the same supplier, at different stages of pours, the stones can come out a little different given the natural nature of the products.

On this occasion though….we completely nailed it. The stone is nearly the exact size and the colours match nearly perfectly. Not 100%, but close enough that you wound’t notice unless you were told. This doesn’t happen all the time, so when it does, I take the opportunity to blow my own horn.

We finished everything off with a nice 7-10% exposed, installed control joints and will now return on Monday to finish off with a quick acid clean.

As always, thank you so much to our client for your business and also waiting for us to get there (5 weeks I think on this one). There’s a reason we’re flat out busy and I hope our results on this project have proven a good decision by our client to use us.

Exposed Drainage Area Willowvale
Exposed Drainage Area Willowvale
Exposed Drainage Area Willowvale
Exposed Drainage Area Willowvale
Exposed Drainage Area Willowvale
Exposed Drainage Area Willowvale
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Burleigh

Salt and Pepper Driveway Burleigh

Project Description

Location: Burleigh
Project Size: 67sqm

“GET RID OF MY HORRIBLE PAVERS!”, came the cries of our client from this lovely Burleigh Waters residence. So a quick quote and pencil in for some start dates and we were away.

Patience seems to always be the key for our clients these days. We offer a higher standard of work, and find our services to be in high demand, which pretty much always means our clients are having to wait at least 6 weeks for us to attend to complete their work. But this wait period, is definitely worth the distinct absence of having to worry if the work is going to be completed correctly.

This project here was quite a straight forward, standard setup. Existing pavers thrown away as far as possible (horrible, HORRIBLE things), and replace with a lovely new Salt and Pepper exposed aggregate concrete driveway and path to the front door.

All the typical extras where put into place for the reinforcing aspects, and as with most pours we are completing these days on significant hilly sections like this, we are breaking the pour off on the start of the incline (high percentage crack area), creating a physical construction joint to allow for cross slab tension in the area, then continuing the remainder of the pour on another day.

This process see’s me being onsite for another day, and only being able to pour smaller sections. But the extra day is of no concern to me if the quality of work is of a higher standard (quality over quantity), plus, it also allows more time for the placed concrete to be worked appropriately to assure there is no missing stone, the wash off is completely even and everything is completed to the highest standard possible.

Will be back now tomorrow to finish off the new concrete with an acid clean to leave our client with a lovely, shiny new exposed aggregate driveway.

Thanks kindly to our clients for your business, patience and hospitality.

Exposed Aggregate Driveway Burleigh
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Burleigh
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Burleigh
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Burleigh
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Burleigh
Exposed Aggregate Driveway Burleigh
Aggregate Driveway Maudsland

Exposed Aggregate Driveway Maudsland

Project Description

Location: Maudsland
Project Size: 104sqm

There’s always that one job, that’s booked in with plenty of time before the Christmas break, that gets delayed from the builder just those few extra days, which then mean we can’t get bookings until after the break and our client needs to wait a few more weeks. This is that job for 2017 / 2018, in the end though, definitely worth waiting a bit longer for.

We priced this project up with our client as building commenced in around mid 2017, then to return after hand over to get the driveway and some pathways in. Our clients where very cautious with what colour / style of stone they installed, even driving all the way to Maroochydore to check the installed samples from our suppliers (local suppliers didn’t have updated samples of the stones as of yet).

After the stone was picked, the typical preparation ensued in regards to removal of the curbing, sub-grade and all the steel requirements to hold everything together.

As always, I like to separate my decorative projects allowing for smaller pours (especially in Summer), but also allowing for proper construction joints at areas that are more prone to cracking than others.

Our first pour on this one saw the rear and side paths completed, along with the top parking section until we got to the roll over heading down the hill (high % crack area). This is where we stopped, allowed for a cold joint dowel connection, then returned the next day to finish things off.

The heat was a killer on this job and we were right out in it without a cloud to save us. We also like to pour our Exposed quite dry as it allows for better stone spread and wash off, also being a relatively steep driveway, the concrete was placed at about 70-80 slump. Given this, plus the heat, we were literally seeing stars during placement, not big, but hard yakka.

The end result was worth the sweat though, with a lovely, even spread of stone throughout, with good levels and a smooth look as the driveway transitions to the house and the front entry.

Thank you to our client as always, especially for your patience as well and understanding with the Christmas break, it’s good to see you’re all moved in now and we wish you the best with the future.

Aggregate Driveway Maudsland
Aggregate Driveway Maudsland
Aggregate Driveway Maudsland
Aggregate Driveway Maudsland
Aggregate Driveway Maudsland
Aggregate Driveway Maudsland