Plain concrete pathways Gold Coast

Back in the mud doing what we love on the Gold Coast

Project Description

Location: Gold Coast
Project Size: 30sqm + 30sqm

You know what? I love doing our custom works. Desert Dreams to Stormy Skies and some crazy custom stamped design. But at the end of the day, I’ve spent years in the concrete doing the basic shit and it’s abso-freaking-lutely great to take a “mental” break sometimes and just go through the paces with a few simple pathways.

This week we put in two separate, plain concrete pathways for different clients.

The first set of photos was for a customer at Labrador that had 1200mm wide pathways with a 40mm x 90mm rebate along both sides for a track running system to haul loads from the back of proprty to front of property….structural pathway I suppose you could say. I finished this with a stipple but no highlighting here…..too hot…too summer…too many rebates….I’m not superman.

The second was a pathway out at River Links that we will be attending later to apply a Saxon Brown water based stain to and sealing to add some lifelike colour throughout. Finished with a highlighted stipple and hand installed control joints. Got a little unlucky on this one, even though the client was mist spraying water every hour, she still opened up with hydration cracks in a couple of spots simply due to the area was in direct 40 degree sun and it sucked the water out too quickly. Not to stress though, I’ve been around long enough to not let that ruin my day. A quick patch and repair to the small 1mm cracks before we stain and seal and you’ll never be able to tell.

Thanks to both our clients this week. Typical Christmas lead up, too many jobs and not enough hours to get them all done. Praying we don’t get any solid rain delays.

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Plain concrete pathways Gold Coast
Plain concrete pathways Gold Coast
Plain concrete pathways Gold Coast
Plain concrete pathways Gold Coast
Plain concrete pathways Gold Coast
Plain concrete pathways Gold Coast
Plain concrete pathways Gold Coast
Plain concrete pathways Gold Coast
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

My Concrete Finishing Pièce de Résistance

Project Description

Location: Ashmore
Project Size: 170sqm

Plain concrete installation for swim spa structural base smooth finish.

Plain concrete installation for rear step downs and side path with stipple finishing.

Seamless stamped concrete installation with hand detailed border and internal diamonds in Platinum colour oxide with Titanium power release, finished with water based Midnight stained borders and diamonds and full acrylic sealing.

No need for anymore words, please enjoy my art.

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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

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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

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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
Plain Concrete Installation Bethania

Plain Concrete Installation Bethania

Project Description

Location: Bethania
Project Size: 25sqm

Part 1 of a larger project. This week we demolished the old concrete entrance and pathways that were beyond repair with resurfacing techniques, then of course re-poured them today. We’ll be back in a few weeks to resurface these new pathways, along with the remaining other concrete driveways.

Plain Concrete Installation Bethania
Plain Concrete Installation Bethania
Plain Concrete Installation Bethania
Plain Concrete Installation Bethania
Concrete Repair Coolangatta

Concrete Repair Coolangatta

Project Description

Location: Coolangatta
Project Size: 16sqm

Down at Youth Hostels Australia Coolangatta Edition to rip out some damaged concrete section at their entrance and replace with fresh new grey stuff for their establishment.

I have to say, I don’t do a great deal of concreting these days, but the lack of expectation on the decorative result is kind of rewarding and welcomed. A lot of pressure lately in results on other projects, nice to go back to the roots and just do what we do best, install quality concrete that is purpose driven.

Concrete Repair Coolangatta
Concrete Repair Coolangatta
Concrete Repair Coolangatta