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
My Daughter

A Price Paid

Oh! No! Another Saturday night and I ain't got nobody! - Cat Stevens

I’m sitting here on yet another “Saturday” night without you (actually Friday but I like that song), my daughter. I’m meant to be able to spend time with you on weekends at least these days. Even if just for a few days each week, at least it’s something for one of the few people in this world I actually give a fuck about. But it’s been so long since I’ve seen you, three months, feels like a lifetime……

But I understand. Covid has you worried and your mother moved so far away it’s hard…..I’ll be patient. I have no choice.

I do miss you though, with all my heart. Even just to be in the same house as each other, warmed my heart and calmed me. Not much else in this world has let me be at ease, but having you close by, has always made me feel full, complete.

Unbalanced

After I found out my girlfriend was pregnant, I was completely shocked to say the least. I mean, I know very well what unprotected sex leads to, I’m not a complete fool…..but when it happens at the dumbshit age of 23, it comes as quite an eye opener. I’m fresh back from Warranbool playing in the Hamptons League in Western Victoria following my 3rd knee injury, met the girl of my dreams (at the time) and one thing leads to another…..

I guess this kicked me into gear a little bit. I come from a family that swings to the right and is business orientated to the small to medium degree, so I guess I just followed my path laid out before me by my role models as I assumed everything should happen.

“Mother holds the child, Father holds the family”.

Fuck me! How much is that proverb completely out of fashion and almost sounds like rythmic swearing in the modern age?

Either way, this is the only path that I saw before me. I would put everything into my new business while my partner held our child.

But given the modern age, equality between sexes, political correctness and all that new age jibberish that a bush kid struggles to understand…….that old age adage just does not ring true anymore.

I spent four years at this stage, working like a dog. 70+hrs a week. Running a crew as all good dads should. Pushing. Striving. Defiant. Only to run into a dead end and be bitch slapped by the GFC. Fuck you bankers, you very well knew what you were doing. Shame on you.

Unpaid invoices. Insolvency. No money left after paying my men. Payment plans to no evail. Broke…..

But worse than all that? I lost you. My young, new family was broken. Your mother and I, we’re adults and we’ll manage. But your little face shadowing my every step in that amazing little fairy costume…..just brought me to tears.

Finding Balance

After all the smoke cleared and the bankruptcy took place. Your mother and I split with an arrangement for a 50/50 split on what we would provide you. Not just money, but time, effort and everything else involved….we BOTH, wanted the best for you in a bad situation.

I said at this stage I would never put working 70+hrs  a week ahead of spending time with my daughter again. My one and only daughter. My light in this dark sub-conscience state of mind where nothing else shines so brightly. I spend the next 3 years of my mandatory bankruptcy dedicating myself to giving myself to my daughter, as much as I could, while learning again, how to be a father.

Not long after this, your mother wanted to move away. She had found someone else and sought an opportunity away from the horrific Gold Coast that had tainted so much of our family in the past. But I refused. I refused to let you go. I refused to let you move away from a dad who was trying his hardest to be a “good” dad. I’d tell myself mothers don’t pull thier child away from thier father if the father wants to be there, trying to be good and do the right thing.

With my definance, that I’ve always had, I held on tight to you for a few years. Your mother moved away. I sacrificed business to make sure my dauthter did not get second place again. But alas. Puberty comes, you miss your mother and need more support from a closer aspect than your red neck, bush kid father can provide…..so I made the decision to let you go. To move with your mother down south and for me, to be become the weekend component in your life.

Roller Coaster

I return to the first section of this blog. “Oh no another Saturday night!”

After this stupid fucking Covid19, media shit storm hit…..you my daugher, the direct descendant of complete hatred of the modern, conglomerate system, has decided it’s better to listen to the media blackmail, sit tight and do exactly as this government tells you to do, only to not see your father for over three months now.

I sit here on one side of the fence, working my butt off making hay while the sun shines, back into that 70+hrs a week for lack of a better choice. Yet I find myself completely confused again internally with what balance I’ve been trying to find for the past 13-14 years, between family and work.

I hope through all this, it’s the little things that you’re able to appreciate if you get a chance to read dad’s fumblings. The little contextual components to writing, where you can see through the bullshit and take note of the simplest things, like I did my best to put family before work in every pretext of my life, as at the time, I understood throughout several generational changes in our life time.

Although I love my work and I’m so proud of how far this ugly bush kid has come in life….

It’s still you sweetheart. Until my dieing breath. You are my breath.

I love you.

Flake Epoxy Floor Installation Molendinar

Industrial Flake Floor Molendinar

Project Description

Location: Molendinar, Qld
Project Size: 80sqm

Putting in some hours over the weekend to keep this business in Molendinar with no down time, we installed a flake floor throughout in the new flake “Carbon Stone”, which is designed to appear more natural than the typical flake installations.

The floor previous had carpet, so the glue was all ground back to bare concrete, cracks patched and the epoxy / top coat installed all ready for work again this week.

Project Photos

Flake Epoxy Floor Installation Molendinar
Flake Epoxy Floor Installation Molendinar
Flake Epoxy Floor Installation Molendinar
Flake Epoxy Floor Installation Molendinar
Flake Epoxy Floor Installation Molendinar
Flake Epoxy Floor Installation Molendinar
Flake Epoxy Floor Installation Molendinar
Flake Epoxy Floor Installation Molendinar
Flake Epoxy Floor Installation Molendinar
Humble Pie Exapnding Thank you

To Avoid the Inevitable – A Failure

First World Problems

Just to start this post off, for those who don’t know me, a little back ground.

I’m just a kid from the bush, jam full of ADHD to the point where education was as likely as Elvis entering a body building competition.

I’ve read a grand total of 4 books in my entire life.

1: The White Spider – Heinricch Harrer
2: Gates of Fire – Steven Pressfield
3: We Were Soldiers Once, and Young – Harold Moore and Joseph Galloway
4: Chicken Hawk – Robert Mason

Don’t ask me why these books drew my attention long enough to finish them. Maybe the sense of adventure through a world where society said it shouldn’t…..couldn’t happen. Absolute defiance just because the social norms said…….”you can’t”, fuck you!.

A single page can literally take me 20 minutes to read by the time I lose focus and have to restart it. But writing…for some reason, albeit with grammatical and spelling errors comfounded, have always come naturally and I enjoy telling a few tales for those interested enough to lend an ear.

I hate conformity. Whether it’s to do with my social limitations or my learning difficulties, I just hate it. Try and put me in a box, I’ll rip that damn thing apart and come out banging my chest like fucking the rock ape I am.

At one time though, I did follow that road. With youth, naivety and lack of a better role model, I started out my business following the corporate mentality to business SUCCESS!!!!! Pffft. What a fucking joke…..Take your corporate carrot and stick it up your ass.

2008. GFC. Nearly 100K in debt through builders and debt contracts following the yellow brick road….bankruptcy hit. What a drag. 3 years it took me to stabalise somewhat from that garbage. Just a young guy from the sticks trying to make it big in the city…..only to be slapped back to earth by the smarties working the system more effectively. Lesson learned. Never again.

After stablising, rebuilding, slowly. I have brought the business through a more secure growing phase, over several years.

I threw away the builders, developers and middle men and made myself that direct person that the residential industry can contact for all their concrete, decorative concrete, resurfacing and epoxy services, backed up now by a solid history of experience, through blood sweat and tears…..literally.

Servicing the Gold Coast only firstly. Booked 4 weeks sporadic. Then 4 weeks doubled up. Then 8 weeks sporadic. 8 weeks doubled up. 3 months sporodic before I started to branch out farther into the southern and eastern Brisbane regions. The same time frame before facing what we do now.

I have worked my absolute ass off not to expand the business in personel. To keep things “family friendly” so to speak. The contractor pricing your work, is the contractor completing your work. No sub-contracting, just straight up old fashioned service with a focus on quality and service. Now the problem presents of keeping the same philosophy, whilst being forced into a corner, having to punch our way out….

But there is a simple lesson I’ve learned. With the right mentality of the harder you work, the more you succeed, it is inevitable that we reach the point that my wife and I reached today….

The point where we put our hands up, surrender….and expand.

It’s just too much. 70+ hours a week, week after week after month……We’re tired and need someone to back us up. My lovely wife Camilla jumped on board about a year ago now to back me up and man, hasn’t she done a wonderful job…albeit to only make us busier and force us quicker into this position, devil’s advocate…..but a good devil to boot. I met her while she was working elsewhere with a very similar line…..it worked in a young, innocent enthusiasm at the time.

“A good woman will make you, a bad will break you”. how true can an old adage ring true”. Love you Sugar Tits.

As of today, the 15th of May 2020, we are facing down a work schedule on average 2 medium sized projects per week, until the start to mid of October 2020. Roughly 5 months booked ahead with double bookings each week.

I won’t lie, I’m comforbital with my masculinity…but I cried a little today. Cried because I haven’t a day off for fucking months and I’m exhausted. I cried because I’m so godamn proud an uneducated bush kid can actually get along in this world by sheer determination and hard work. So humble and proud of ourselves. Cheers to whomever is seeing us stand up to the “norm” and provide something a little different, at the risk of being different. Quality above quantity. End of story.

Facing the inevitable, we are now looking to “lightly” expand. A long term collegue and friend of mine is looking for other avenues in life. We have been working together for over a decade in the industry and friends for much longer.

At least this method of expanding, is still keeping the moral values of our business in tune. At least this way, we still stay that family friendly, old fashioned service without sending out sub-contractors to fuck things up and create more problems, than solutions.

Down to earth, professional, one on one service for your concrete and flooring needs throughout South East Queensland.

We will now be collapsing our 5 month schedule into a more compact schedule so as to keep clients from having to wait so long for our services and subsequently happier overall….

The next step? We’ll cross that bridge as we get to it.

For now, thank you to all our past, present and awaiting customers. I am so damn proud every time I hear you call up and accept our quotation proposal, leave a nice review or just generally work on your project while sharing a coffee and conversation.

I have met the best people of my life through work and business. I’m so grateful to you all.

Thank you all for my reasonable level of success to date, I wish you all the very best for your future goals you’re working so hard to acheive. Don’t let the goverment, society norms or other dictate how you lead your life.

Be free. Pave your own path. It’s worth effort.

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
Patio Concrete Resurfacing Refurbishment Robina

Patio Make Over Concrete Resurfacing Robina

Project Description

Location: Robina, Qld
Project Size: 38sqm

We managed to get this project finished off this week. We’re literally losing track of days here, 7 days are quite fine to work, but after 7 weeks of it….enough is enough, we need a holiday.

Lovely little project for a great couple down at Robina here. Old, worn out resurfacing was ground back to bare concrete, typical patching of cracking followed by a custom, off set tile application with a 45deg joiner for the L shape intersection. Finished colours…

Base: Almond
Main: Coal
Flecks: Almond / Graphite (mid nozzle, minor application)

Thanks for your work guys and all the best with you new relax area!

Project Photos

Patio Concrete Resurfacing Refurbishment Robina
Patio Concrete Resurfacing Refurbishment Robina
Patio Concrete Resurfacing Refurbishment Robina
Patio Concrete Resurfacing Refurbishment Robina
Patio Concrete Resurfacing Refurbishment Robina
Patio Concrete Resurfacing Refurbishment Robina
Patio Concrete Resurfacing Refurbishment Robina
Patio Concrete Resurfacing Refurbishment Robina
Patio Concrete Resurfacing Refurbishment Robina
Concrete Driveway Resurfacing Wellington Point

Driveway Concrete Resurfacing Makeover Wellington Point

Project Description

Location: Wellington Point, Qld
Project Size: 75sqm

This is a project we booked in after completed a few more projects in this are of Wellington Point. Seeing what we were up to around the corner, our client here got our card and a price and we booked them in about 8-9 weeks later to complete their work.

As with most properties in this area, there is a lot of old resurfacing work that has been left to go to waste over the past decade or so, this driveway was no different. A full grind back of the existing surface to bare concrete, along with epoxy patching to the cracking throughout, then completed with the following colours.

Base: White
Main: French Grey
Borders / Inserts: Midnight Blue
Flecking: White / Midnight Blue

Thank you kindly for your business Peter and Anita and all the best with your new driveway.

Project Photos

Concrete Driveway Resurfacing Wellington Point
Concrete Driveway Resurfacing Wellington Point
Concrete Driveway Resurfacing Wellington Point
Concrete Driveway Resurfacing Wellington Point
Concrete Driveway Resurfacing Wellington Point
Concrete Driveway Resurfacing Wellington Point
Concrete Driveway Resurfacing Wellington Point
Concrete Driveway Resurfacing Wellington Point
Concrete Driveway Resurfacing Wellington Point
Concrete Driveway Resurfacing Wellington Point
Concrete Driveway Resurfacing Wellington Point
Concrete Driveway Resurfacing Wellington Point
Concrete Driveway Resurfacing Wellington Point
Concrete Driveway Resurfacing Wellington Point
Concrete Driveway Resurfacing Wellington Point
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The Ability to Say NO! – Politely

It's a Subtle Art

Many moons ago, when I was a little younger, had much more enthusiasm and a shit load less security in my income, I found myself saying YES to pretty much anything I had to, to win the next project and move forward in my business endeavours.

Literally, if I was pricing to install your patio and you asked me hang your washing to win the contract, I washed those dirty ass long johns and hung them out again smelling like sunflowers.

But these days, things are much different and people should not get offended by it.

I did a bit of learning through a good friend of mine in the industry, cheers big Roddy, who really only taught me one thing….the ability to say NO and how to do it with ease.

Firstly. Get a bank roll. Set yourself up financially. You don’t need to be rich, I am faaaaar from it. But having enough bank roll to not “need” to complete the work being asked of me, allows me to say NO easily and move onto the next project.

Secondly, raise your standards of professionalism. Give yourself true credit for you abilities, and charge accordingly. I am here to install your decorative concrete to the best of my 20+ year ability, wash your own f*cking underwear.

I must admit, it did take a while to get there. Many years of sweat and tears, but I earned my bones thoroughly.

If you call up and ask me to do a slap job over your shitty looking concrete, cheaply, so you can sell your house and pass the problem onto the next person, you will politely get a NO as I walk away from you.

If I advise you why I won’t install a Stain to your concrete, because I don’t consider it a long lasting application for me to be taking your money for, but still ask me to do it anyways because you are selling the house, please don’t get offended by my abrupt NO.

If you’re someone who gets offended by being said NO to, then please just don’t ring us at all. We don’t want your work.

There are many things we say YES to. I’m a positive person and love a challenge. We love hearing from and working with clients who are genuinely serious about high quality, long lasting hardscape finishes, whether it is for themselves, or to pass onto the next person buying their home.

But when I say NO, there’s a good reason for it and you should take heed…..even though the next guy you get might do your cheap nasty job to get you out of trouble to sell your home…..Kharma’s a mean bitch and she slaps 10 fold. Don’t be a c*nt. You’re better than that…..

Concrete Resurfacing over Exposed Aggregate Tallai

Concrete Pathway Entry Refurbishment at Tallai

Project Description

Location: Tallai, Qld
Project Size: 30sqm

In and out job this one. We cleaned and patched this job earlier in the week, then returned today to trowel on the first coat over old exposed aggregate, grind that back and finish off the top coats with Blue Mountain main and Natural and Midnight Flecking.

Project Photos

Concrete Resurfacing over Exposed Aggregate Tallai
Concrete Resurfacing over Exposed Aggregate Tallai
Concrete Resurfacing over Exposed Aggregate Tallai
Concrete Resurfacing over Exposed Aggregate Tallai
Plain Concrete Steps and Drainage Pacific Pines Gold Coast

Plain Concrete Pathways Installation Pacific Pines

Project Description

Location: Pacific Pines, Qld
Project Size: 42sqm

This one was a tough one. Man we’ve been working hard lately. COVID19. 6 day work schedules. Lots of concrete installations. I fear I’m geting old. Compounded by a labourer turning up stating he had “x” amount experience, which in reality meant “I’ve used a shovel once when playing on the beach”. Fuck sake. Had a gutful. But anyways.

Multiple drain installations through a 1.0m wide x 20Lm rear section between house and retaining wall, placed by pump, 180mm x 180mm stairs at the front end to be hand finished and wiped, all completed with a stipple highlight with only Camilla there to hand me what I needed, when I needed it. Concrete can be a fucking hard mistress some days.

But. It all came up great. Another happy client and hopefully no more water and dirt problems throughout.

Cheers guys and thanks for your patience waiting on us. All the best with the crazy world around us at the moment.

Project Photos

Plain Concrete Steps and Drainage Pacific Pines Gold Coast
Plain Concrete Steps and Drainage Pacific Pines Gold Coast
Plain Concrete Steps and Drainage Pacific Pines Gold Coast
Plain Concrete Steps and Drainage Pacific Pines Gold Coast
Plain Concrete Steps and Drainage Pacific Pines Gold Coast
Plain Concrete Steps and Drainage Pacific Pines Gold Coast
Plain Concrete Steps and Drainage Pacific Pines Gold Coast
Plain Concrete Steps and Drainage Pacific Pines Gold Coast
Plain Concrete Steps and Drainage Pacific Pines Gold Coast