Design and decoration

Gardening on a small scale

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, July 25, 2017

As land prices increase, gardens are getting smaller. For the busy family, that means less to do in the weekend. Many new home buyers choose to add landscaping to a new home build so ongoing maintenance is minimal. The days of huge vegetable gardens and home orchards are gone, and with good reason. Not only do vegetable gardens take up a lot of backyard in modern homes, but buying fruit and vegetables is easy and often cost effective. But some people still enjoy gardening as a hobby and worry that building a new house means no more indulging outside in the weekend.  
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Exposed concrete driveway

Mark Bryson - Saturday, November 21, 2015

Many of our clients having been asking how do you do exposed concrete?
Here are the steps the steelwork is exactly the same as per normal concrete it is the concrete mix that bears the difference.  Colour is selected and this determines aggregate (stones) used in the mix with the sand, cement and water. The concrete is laid and finished off as per normal concrete, in most cases the concrete is then left for a minimum of 5 hours depending on weather conditions until the concrete is reasonably hard.  Next step is to high pressure water spray the concrete to remove the layer of cement and sand between the stones leaving them exposed. The concrete is then left for several days then a clear sealer is applied to the surface. Check out the photo showing the difference after spraying. 
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Metal screens

Mark Bryson - Thursday, September 10, 2015


We have installed some metal screen art in one of our display homes and what a difference they have made to the alfresco dining area.
 
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