Monday, 18 March 2013

Exposed Aggregate Driveway

We have a driveway!

The guys worked efficiently to get this job done so we can access the garage. They came back early to ensure everything was set before the cement mixer arrived. The cement mix is poured in and very quickly spread out and then smoothed out.

The aggregate stones can not actually be seen when the mix is initially poured. It actually looks like simple coloured concrete when first poured.

It's left to set overnight and then the guys returned the next day to blast the cement with a very high pressure hose (3000psi). Like magic, the surface layer of cement is blasted away to reveal the beautiful aggregate mix beneath.

We chose our aggregate mix from Mentone PreMix who were very easy to deal with. We are very happy with the colour choice (Nurten Standard). Our landscaper explained why the mix was a very good mix; even after the very high pressure blasting, only a hand full of aggregate stones were displaced. Lesser quality mixes would see more stones displaced, and the more stones displaced, the more the mix just looks like asphalt!
Our concreter has done an awesome job. The driveway looks great. It falls away from the garage nicely. Today he organised a guy to return to saw cut the concrete (important to ensure the concrete does not crack) and tomorrow, the driveway will be sealed.

The driveway feels really good under bare feet. It has grip. Looks great. There are different quality aggregate mixes. We are very happy with this one and very happy with the work of our landscaper and concreter. Excellent organisation and coordination resulted in a job really well done.

We can't wait for the rest of our landscaping works to start. This will transform the house to yet another level.


  1. Loving the updates and everything looks great. We are due to start with CG shortly and have been assured that we made a good decision based on your journey. I was curious who you used for your driveway, can I have their details?

  2. Good luck for your CG build. The driveway was done by George our landscape architect. His details are:
    e / m 0407 333 883 / ph 9850 4456

  3. Concrete Contractor Perth, Benchmartk Concrete offer a range of quality products and services. Honed and Exposed Aggregate, Liquid Limestone
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  4. a matter of time before someone calls the police on me (I swear). Here are some driveway photos I've snapped and shared on Instagram this week...
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