Plain concrete driveway Wongawallan

Large Concrete Driveway Installation Wongawallan

Project Location: Wongawallan
Project Size: 300sqm

Over at Wongawallan to finish off our installs this week for a large concrete driveway install around the 300sqm mark. Nathalie and Aaron are repeat customers of ours and over the past several years we have been bit by bit installing all their exterior concrete. We finished off the main concrete installs for this and will be back in hopefully the not too distant future for resurfacing of everything. Just a machine and brush finish on this with saw cut control joints. Single pour and everything went smoothly for a change.

Thanks Nathalie and Aaron. It was good to see you again and hopefully we do again soon. All the best.

Concrete Resurfacing Coomera Waters

Concrete Resurfacing Refurbishment Coomera Waters

Project Location: Coomera Waters
Project Size: 170sqm

Finishing off a major refurbishment project at Coomera Waters this week. The old overlay was well worn and hadn’t been maintained for well over a decade, our lovely clients Leon and Allison trusted our services for a full grind back of the old product and new application in Silver Birch with Fossil border particularly with no taped line separating the borders, finished off with White and Fossil flecking.

Thank you Leon and Allison, it was a pleasure working with you. Good luck on your motorhome adventures soon! We’re very jealous.

Custom finished concrete tamborine

Wedding Present Cove Patio for My Sister Tamborine

Project Location: Tamborine
Project Size: 21qm

This is my wedding present to my sister and her fiance’ who are to get married in a few weeks. Maybe getting the family together we shared a few beers. Maybe the cove isn’t as clean as it should be…..Maybe Camilla spelt her name wrong when signing the slab.

A good day was had. Congrats you guys. All the best for your future together.

Concrete and Resurfacing Kingsholme

Major Concrete Installation Complete at Kingsholme

Project Location: Kingsholme
Project Size: 320 / 360qm

Finishing off the resurfacing overlay section of our major installation project at Kingsholme this week.

Find the concrete installation article HERE

After getting in and around the rains to install the concrete last time, we had a lovely week this week to allow long days getting this project completed. We were intending to spray it over 2 days this weekend, but since we have been working basically 7 days a week for a long time now, we decided to spray it all in one massive day yesterday to finish things off and allow for a few days off at least….especially considering rain is again predicted next week (arrrgghh).

Finish overlay completed in Blue Mountain with White and Graphite flecking which was a perfect choice by our client to tonally compliment the existing home colours. We loved the outcome.

Thank you kindly Richard and Ange, it truly was easy and a pleasure doing business with you. Not far from finishing your lovely home now, I bet you can’t wait!. Enjoy.

Colour concrete installation Yarrabilba

Colour Concrete Installation Yarrabilba

Project Location: Yarrabilba
Project Size: 130sqm

When I was a young guy in the early days, one of my first jobs my boss and I had a shocker of a job. He said to me, “if something goes wrong at the start of a new job, that whole damn job is going to be difficult”. Ain’t that the truth.

We start this project out with a lovely young family in their new home build at Yarrabilba, and apart from the difficulties getting there with all the rain delays we had at the start of the year, we then turned up only to find after excavation that the council sewer pit had been put together with house bricks with a good ol’ she’ll be right attitude. We also managed on that notorious first day, to have the skip bin not able to be delivered because apparently all the access points to the job site were flooded out….even though I was standing at the job site when being told this….go figure. This saw us bringing the machine back twice and basically, just knowing we were up against it for the rest of this project.

But in the long run, a good concreter, or any tradesman for that matter, will keep pushing until nothing more can be done. After 3 separate pours for such a small job, most of them being late in the day because getting deliveries to Yarrabilba can be fun at best, we managed to get all the concrete areas completed and are leaving our customer with a fully useable patio, pool surrounds and driveway for the first time since they got hand over of the house.

Same day sealer was applied early which is a light sealer at about 50% solids to at least protect the surface while the concrete is curing, then after 3-4 weeks we’ll return for a quick clean and full acrylic seal with our more industrial grade products.

Thanks to our lovely clients on this project, Jess is a dog groomer and we decided to take our King Charles out for some special treatment as well, she looks amazing. If you’re at Yarrabilba and looking for a professional and skilled dog groomer, shoot us a message and we’ll pass on the details. Have a good weekend guys, see you soon for the sealing.

Grind and concrete resurfacing Oxenford

Patio and Pool Surrounds Concrete Resurfacing Oxenford

Project Location: Oxenford
Project Size: 85sqm

No rest for the wicked this week making the most of the sunny weather and getting completed a full grind back of old product, then followed with our concrete overlay resurfacing throughout.

Natural main colour with Coal lines and White / Coal flecking.

Thank you Phil and Muna. What a wonderful family you all are there and thank you so kindly for your business. All the best for 2021.

Full flake epoxy garage floor Helensvale

Flake Epoxy Floor Installation at Helensvale

Project Location: Kingsholme
Project Size: 320sqm

Managed to slide in this full flake epoxy floor this week at Helensvale in and around our other projects. For a small garage, we had a lot of work to complete with lots of minor, superficial cracking that needed tending to.

If you follow what we do, you’ll soon seen I’m a bit of an “old schooler” and with 20+ years in the game, I don’t mess around with modern systems of installation. There are many product applications these days to make these jobs much quicker, even completed in a single day sometimes. I believe however it’s not broken, don’t fix it. I take my time, tending to each section as it is required. Making sure all the materials and products that I am using are tried and tested in the industry for decades. Each project has it’s steps to follow to ensure a quality result, and our results speak for themselves.

Thanks Barry and Lyn. Look forward to seeing you in October for your driveway resurfacing.

Time article

Losing Time

I remember the times when I used to have time, to watch the sun set. Ponder the colours as they intertwine over the top of the great dividing range, turning bright blue into off tone shades of grey to black, leaving me with a dulled blue, almost purple in between the night and day, that tells me the day is done and the dark night is about to begin.

That dark night breaks into speckled light, a deluge of stars and galaxies, nebulae of new born brightness in the galaxies above. I would spend hours simply watching the stars and how they moved across the night sky. Often I would bring out the telescope, gazing upon Saturn, Mars and Jupiter. Delving deep into my mind about our existence and where I actually fit in. Wondering what all this means, always with more questions than answers.

I find myself now, in the present, wondering where that time has gone. Wondering why I now seem to miss all the sunsets and by the time I get the chance to look into the night sky, I’m too tired and it’s time for bed.

I wonder is it just because I’m at that time in life where everything is so busy. I’m at the stage where work and progress must come before the simpler things, even family to some degree. For the modern world dictates this. It drives me with no other choice but to keep pushing. For to stop, and take time, only brings more pressure from society to push even harder next time I start again.

I want to see my daughter more often. I want to spend time with her and teach her of the Orion Nebulae and the beauty in the birth of stars. I want to show her the Centauri system and how beautiful they are in the sky each night, how in time, they may all be drifting apart, but still appear so bright to our eyes each night.

I want to take more time with my mother to sit, quietly and just listen to Pavarotti’s “Ave Maria” while I watch her Dementia filled brain float into his lyrics. I want to hear the memories she still has left come trickling back about her childhood with her own mother. Just sit. Take time, and listen.

I want to grasp onto one of the few fond memories I have with my father and dive into that aqua blue water to pull a crayfish out, start our fire on the beach and dine like we’re kings of Babylon and simply forget, about time.

I want to share those childhood memories with my sister before the world started to stretch and skew from much too young of age, turning children into adults before their time.

But for all these things I want, I simply cannot take. For a tall, strong adult man in this modern world of ours, there is no ground for failure, no soft cushion for our fall. There is no spare time, only lost time to push harder and sacrifice everything that makes us, us.

So for now, in this middle part of life, where time is at it’s lowest, we must keep pushing harder. Maybe one day I’ll find time to gaze upon the stars again. Maybe my lack of time will not keep me from fond memories for when I’m old.

If only I had more time.

 

Major concrete works at Kingsholme in preparation for resurfacing

Major Concrete Works Kingsholme

Project Location: Kingsholme
Project Size: 320sqm

Getting the first stage of our Kingsholme project finished yesterday with all the concrete finally getting poured after what seems weeks, if not months of damn rain. We ended up with 900mm x 3500mm steppers with 400mm breaks to the front door, then big sweeping bends from roadway to house, then bending around the house to side parking areas, not to mention the pathways as well. Nothing fancy for the finish on this, just tighten up the surface and a quick broom as we’ll be back in 2-3 weeks time to wash off and start our resurfacing process. Stay tuned for stage 2.

Stamped concrete resurfacing Arundel

Stamped Concrete Overlay Transformation Arundel

Finally getting a project finished in and around the wet season this year. I’ve made a decision not to whinge too much about the wet weather, but damn it feels nice to get something finally completed.

This is our stamped overlay project at Arundel. Lots of work in resurfacing stamped concrete and to be honest, not many contractors are prepared to take it on, especially not to the level or workmanship we put on in the final results. Not trying to blow our own trumpet here, but I like to give myself a pat on the back after all the hard work we put into this one….even if it is just a single colour with flecks in the end.

Main colour was French Grey, with White and Midnight Blue flecking.

Thanks Neil and Sophie. Like last time, it was an absolute pleasure doing business with you and all the best for the remainder of the year.

Stamped concrete resurfacing Arundel
Stamped concrete resurfacing Arundel
Stamped concrete resurfacing Arundel
Stamped concrete resurfacing Arundel
Stamped concrete resurfacing Arundel
Stamped concrete resurfacing Arundel
Stamped concrete resurfacing Arundel
Stamped concrete resurfacing Arundel
Stamped concrete resurfacing Arundel
Stamped concrete resurfacing Arundel
Stamped concrete resurfacing Arundel
Stamped concrete resurfacing Arundel
Stamped concrete resurfacing Arundel
Stamped concrete resurfacing Arundel
Stamped concrete resurfacing Arundel