Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Driveway Yay!

From Thursday, Friday and throughout the weekend my concrete guy came to box up my concrete driveway and front paths. There was a fair bit of prepping to be performed. A lot of fill had to be put down in the driveway area, due to the slope and existing soil levels. He also came back Sunday to work on the steps that I love by the way. Not what I had originally intended, but when he showed me some similar ones he had done on a previous job, I said I wanted those. So he agreed to do it for me.

We went for expose aggregate, since we have a sloping driveway, we thought it would give us the best grip. I didn't take any progress photos, I wish I did as it would have been good to refer back to. I really only have AFTER photos. Showing the finished result. In the end we choose a Hansen exposed product, as it was better than the Boral choice I thought. We paid extra for the off-white cement also. Which makes the steps look slightly bad since it has normal grey mortar sticking it together.

View looking back from the french doors. This will be built into a courtyard for me and missus, a little private oasis. We open the doors from the master bedroom for some fresh air.
Here it is from the other view. Behind those french doors is the master bedroom.
Straight on view, including path.
We called flyscreen people that Metricon recommended and asked for security mesh. It is a Crimsafe alternative, and even said Crimsafe is over-rated and too expensive. So for half the cost we had this stainless steel security screen fitted. You can also see the frosted front door which cost a 80% less that if it was properly done with Metricon. It's just a frost film applied to the glass, gives us the privacy we need for a fraction of the cost. If we don't like it, we just remove it.
Here are those steps he put in. It is sandstone finish to besser block and sandstone colout pavers on top. Originally I was going to use the sleeps as the facing for the steps. I think this looks better.
Leftover carpet, so we are using as the door mat. For now, untill we get a proper mat.
Path going around the portico
Steps again going to the entrance
The finished driveway. He will come back in 48hours of the lay to seal and cut the concrete.