Monday, August 1, 2011

Driveway excitement..

As promised here is a follow up post to the last one on the landscaping progress - better late than never right?

Almost three weeks ago our driveway and front path were poured - and not a moment too soon in regard to the weather!! The driveway was poured Thursday, and the layback and new gutter on Friday - and from Friday night onwards Sydney had torrential rain for a solid week!

We decided to go with a coloured concrete driveway, in Charcoal, after weighing up a few options. At one point we were going to stamp a slate type pattern on it but a combination of not being able to get the stamps when we needed them and deciding it would be too slippery on a sloped driveway like ours saw us sticking with the original plan.

The day arrived and our son was super excited that the "cement mixers" would be there that day so we set up camp on the front porch - his cars and trucks in tow and watched for hours!


All formed up - pump truck preparing for the cement truck to arrive



The view from our porch - delightful huh?





Our son has developed a keen interest in photography of late :)








Pouring!



Its all happening :)



Finshing off the smoothing process - before the colour is added. Aerial shot from upstairs balcony.



Thats a whole lotta concrete!



Almost done - now with colour added. The colour is added by literally throwing a powder over the wet concrete and smoothing it in. Hence the boys ending up filthy!




After much deliberation over colour I'm glad I went with a dark one. I wanted it to blend rather than stand out and once the plants and grass etc are sorted out I think it will all compliment nicely.


































Very happy with the finished product!

The next day saw the final touches with the new gutter and layback being poured. The landscapers ripped out the old ones and we repositioned it all to suit the new house and driveway better. Its wider now too which is great, as our street is narrow and curved so its always been difficult to get in and out of the driveway.



Exciting stuff huh?






































So there we are - one big step closer to the finished picture!

And remember - Better View Landscapes - call Shane on 0412 157 117 if you need a quote :)

Will update again soon and the inside happenings, what's gone wrong, what's been fixed and what we are STILL waiting for 8 weeks later!

12 comments:

  1. Shayne your driveway is fantastic & will look stunning with grass & plants.
    Thanks for the tips on the appliance cupboard, I never thought of a little shelf for the coffee etc.
    Have a great, mud free week!!

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  2. LOVE the colour of the driveway!!

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  3. This is 'exciting stuff' Shayne because as we know MUD is a nightmare....especially with the slope of your driveway. Excellent concretors were able to make the approach from the road more accessible too. Good job.

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  4. Looking good. Must feel good to be able to tick another thing off the 'to do' list! I'm hearing you with the need to plant a money tree - I need mine right next to the 'bottomless pit' that is my wish list!

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  5. It looks great! We are currently in the process of finalising our driveway bits and pieces and can't wait to be sand free :)

    B

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  6. I love the subtle curve in the driveway! It's looking great Shayne!!

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