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Living Dining

Moonan Flats

Architect/Designer: H2O Architecture
Concrete Contractor: Upper Hunter Concreting
Completion Date: 2016
Winner - . New Construction Polished Concrete of the Year 2017.



 The remote location of this house, which was designed to resemble a woodshed, created many challenges to achieve this finish. Transporting the concrete to the site was a challenge the contractor and the producer were able to overcome. Diagrind ® worked closely with the concrete contractor to ensure the concrete was placed correctly to achieve the desired finish.

The next major design challenge was when the client requested tiles to be cut into the polished concrete slab and grouted to make the floor look like it was large polished concrete tiles within the residence. The required time and patiences to mark out and cut each tile line correctly to give that natural and seemless look. This was done by using long 16-foot tracks by Festool which were suction cupped to the floor after the floor was ground to expose the aggregate and grouted. The DSC 125 Festool cutter was then used to cut a 4-mm line throughout the slab. A lot of time was spent ensuring that the pattern was uniform throughout the interior and evenly spaced.

Once cut, the cuts were filled with CTS Wunderfixx mixed with 5% black oxide. The whole floor was then grouted for a second time, densified and polished. With both internal and external spaces the floor was expertly treated to give a smooth tranisition between spaces. 

This project offered unique challenges for many trades to overcome. The entire batch plant was booked out for the day to ensure no cross contamination and each batch had to travel over 1.5 hours to site. Without the hard work and communication between the trades a project to this high of a calibur would not have been so successful.  Although the project was difficult, the high level of craftsmanship produced a superior result for the client.


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