A pitfall of being your own client, is that sometimes your project gets pushed to the bottom of the list. We were so busy with client projects towards the end of 2017, that we didn’t manage to get the Habitat plans submitted to Council, for building consent, until January. Meanwhile, we had our team of builders ready to make a start in the New Year, and we needed to keep them busy.
One of the first things we would crack into was fencing – both the boundary fence and the front formed concrete wall. The latter is an extremely time-consuming process, but the result is pretty special. The boxing, which is the mould that the concrete would be poured into, is very time consuming work to do correctly, to ensure there is no risk of ‘blow out’ when the extreme forces of wet concrete are applied. Also, because we wanted the imprint of the timber in the finished product, the boards had to be carefully placed to ensure they would look good once revealed.
It was over 30 degrees on the day of the concrete pour, and the team worked like a well-oiled machine bucketing the concrete into the boxing. After letting it set for a few days, the boxing was removed to reveal the finished result – and it looked incredible. One thing to consider, is that although it is time consuming to prepare, concrete is an extremely low maintenance material. No painting or staining required!