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  • concrete-driveway-winter How to Care for Your Concrete Driveway Over Winter 31/12/2016 - Although, Melbourne winters are thankfully less harsh than elsewhere in the world, our cooler months do bring some harsh weather conditions that can wreak havoc on your path or driveway. In this article, we look at a few simple things you can do to help your concrete surface preserve through the winter months, and still […]
  • shutterstock_117895303 New Driveway Checklist 28/12/2016 - Installing a new driveway is a fantastic way to boost your curb appeal and add value to your home. If you are considering investing in a new driveway, there are a number of factors you need to consider before engaging a contractor or breaking ground. This week, we take a look at a new driveway […]
  • shutterstock_332743895 Practicing Driveway Safety 27/12/2016 - Driveway accidents involving children are a depressingly common news item and these terrible accidents often occur because we choose to conceptualise road safety as something to be practiced outside the home. In this article, we take a look at a few key ways you can ensure the safety of your children by practicing caution around […]
  • Basement Construction Why You Should Never Cut Costs on Basement Construction 25/12/2016 - In the world of concrete construction, you get what you pay for. We are often asked by customers about why our basement construction services are costlier than other quotes that they have received, and the reason is simply that the quality of our work demands more time, effort, and skill compared with what other companies […]
  • Environmental Benefits of Concrete The Environmental Benefits of Concrete 25/12/2016 - In pop culture, concrete is often held up as the antithesis of nature and a symbol of man’s environmentally destructive tendencies. This is ironic as concrete is actually one of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly building materials available. Recently, British scientists developed eco-friendly concrete which has a negative carbon footprint and actually absorbs CO2; […]
  • The history of concrete flooring 24/12/2016 - While concrete flooring has seen a surge in popularity in recent times, it has existed for thousands of years. Over time, concrete has developed to become more durable, decorative and adaptable as a construction material, and is used for both ornamental and structural purposes. The dawn of concrete The earliest evidence of concrete was found […]
  • Shotcrete Shotcrete FAQs 23/12/2016 - In this week’s blog, we examine one of the lesser known concreting techniques that we offer; shotcreteing. This is a process where thin layers of wet or dry mix concrete are sprayed onto a surface using a hose. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions we get from clients when we recommend shotcrete […]
  • Pool Patio Area 5 Key Elements for a Stunning Pool Patio Area 22/12/2016 - Now that the weather is cooling down and you’re spending less time entertaining outside, it’s the perfect time to begin planning your patio renovations. Come summertime, the pool and patio area becomes the central focal point of most Australian homes and from a investment perspective, having a stylish and multifunctional outdoor entertainment can really boost […]
  • Raft Slabs vs Waffle Slabs Concrete Raft Slabs Vs Waffle Slabs 20/12/2016 - When you make the decision to build your own home, you begin to be confronted with choices you didn’t even know existed. Most people think that choosing foundations is a matter of deciding between wood and concrete but the process is a little more complicated than that. In this article, we take a look at […]
  • Retaining Walls 4 Ways to Make Retaining Walls a Feature in Your Backyard 18/12/2016 - Retaining walls are the most effective way to prevent soil movement and erosion on sloping properties. However, retaining walls are not purely used for function and many homeowners have utilized them as an effective tool in backyard landscaping. In this week’s blog, we look at four key ways you can use retaining walls to make […]
  • Concrete Modern Design Five Ways to Make Concrete a Modern Design Feature in Your Home 18/12/2016 - Traditionally, concrete has been used as a building material that is hidden behind facing, paint or tiles. But in the 21st century, architects and interior designers have picked up on the often overlooked aesthetic properties of this unique material. As it so happens, concrete pairs perfectly with many modern design sensibilities such as functionalism, minimalism […]
  • boost-your-curb-appeal 5 Ways to Boost Your Curb Appeal 16/12/2016 - Relaters often talk about the importance of a property’s ‘curb appeal’, which is the exterior appearance of a house when seen from the curb side. Although it seems somewhat superficial, the way your home looks on first impression plays an important role in how people perceive your home and can even affect the value if […]
  • shutterstock_117173368 5 Good Reasons Why You Should Ditch Your Lawn and Have a Patio Instead 15/12/2016 -   Although the traditional European concept of a garden is a green space with lawn, garden beds, and perhaps an entertaining area, it doesn’t adapt well to the harsh Australian climate or the modern, eco conscious lifestyle. In fact, more and more home owners are choosing to do away with their lawns in favour of […]
  • Basement Transformation 4 Basement Transformation Ideas to Inspire You 14/12/2016 - Basements are the rooms that interior design forgot. They tend to be the parts of our home where we put everything we don’t want to see or want to get rid of but don’t quite know how to go about it. At best, basements are the places where we stash old memories in the form […]
  • Concrete Innovations 5 Concrete Innovations That Will Shape the Future of the Industry 14/12/2016 - One of the most abundant, versatile, and popular building materials on the planet, it’s unsurprising that concrete is often the subject of a great deal of research in the scientific, engineering, and construction sectors.In this article, we take a look at just a few of the latest concrete interventions set to change the way we […]
  • shutterstock_200439890 Essential Elements of a Garden Nook 13/12/2016 - 2016 is the year of the nook. As more and more people seek solace from the unending stream of digital information infiltrating their lives, quiet places where one can ‘escape’ and ‘switch off’ are becoming more common both indoors and out. This week, we take a look at this garden landscaping phenomenon and run through […]
  • A Brief Snapshot of the History of Concrete 11/12/2016 - Concrete is known for its versatility and durability, and is used for a wide range of building purposes these days. You will find concrete in the foundations of our homes and roads, and in various decorative applications in residential and commercial buildings. Do you ever wonder how we came to have a concrete city here […]
  • shutterstock_85178257 The Best Landscaping Trends of 2016 11/12/2016 - Garden landscaping is subject to trends in just the same way that interiors are. Whilst 2015 was all about bold geometrically patterned pots, air plants, tropical foliage and Nordic finishes, 2016 has seen landscaping shift towards a natural, subdued aesthetic with relaxed outdoor living areas, monochrome garden beds, and heavier coloured hardscaping. In this article, […]
  • Concrete Patio The Advantages of an Aggregate Concrete Patio 7/12/2016 - The patio area is a staple feature of Melbourne backyards and is a simple, cost effective way to create a multipurpose living space. Whilst timber decking might be the first thought that comes to mind when you think about outdoor entertainment areas, it is not necessarily the best option. In this article, we examine the […]
  • shutterstock_415964887 How to Make the Most of a Small Outdoor Space 6/12/2016 -   As the population of Melbourne continues to expand, living space is at a premium and many inner city dwellers are having to settle for modest backyards and balconies. Happily, having limited outdoor space doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful green oasis and relaxing alfresco entertainment area, it simply means you need to be […]
  • excavation-faqs Excavation FAQs 6/12/2016 - Although it is one of the most commonly required tasks on construction sites, the general public is often in the dark when it comes to the inns and outs of excavation. Here we’ve collated some of the most common questions which potential clients ask us. Can I do my own excavations? Sure, if you’re digging […]
  • Concrete Curing Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Concrete Curing 6/12/2016 - This week, we take a closer look at one of the more perplexing aspects of concrete installation; concrete curing. Sound curing practices are crucial to ensuring the strength, quality and durability of a concrete structure and it is one of the most important aspects of the concrete services we provide. What is it? Concrete curing […]
  • Top 3 Benefits of Using Concrete Slabs in Melbourne 4/12/2016 - Concrete slabs are a popular choice for house foundations, flooring and other structures in Melbourne homes because they provide a number of benefits which are important to home owners in this city. Let’s explore 3 of the top benefits of using concrete slabs in your Melbourne home. 1. Thermal mass and energy efficiency Thermal mass […]
  • The advantages of concrete slabs 3/12/2016 - There are several different materials used in building foundations including brick, stone, timber and steel, however concrete slabs remain the most popular foundation choice for homes and other buildings. Here four benefits of building with concrete slabs. Economical Concrete slabs are generally cheaper than creating crawlspaces or basements beneath a building. If conditions allow, a […]
  • 5 common concrete myths Debunking 5 Common Concrete Myths 2/12/2016 - Although concrete is one of the most commonly used building materials on the planet, there are a lot of misconceptions about what it is, what it can do, and how it can be used. In this article, we address 5 of the most common concrete myths. Myth #1: Concrete is bad for the environment It’s […]
  • Concrete Entertainment Area 5 Tips For Creating a Year Round Outdoor Entertainment Area 1/12/2016 - Summer in Melbourne is all about backyard barbecues and lazy afternoons on the sunlounge, but as the cooler autumn weather sets in, most Melbournians retreat back inside and their backyard entertaining area lays dormant for another nine months. However, just because the sun has gone, doesn’t mean you need to stop making the most of […]
  • Bored Piers Understanding Bored Piers 1/12/2016 - Bored piers (also known as bored piles) are one of the key concrete construction services that iCon Concrete provides. In this article, we take a closer look at what bored piers actually are, and why they are such a popular construction alternative. What are they? Commonly used to support heavy vertical loads for high rise […]
  • 4 Reasons You Need an Exposed Aggregate Driveway 21/12/2015 - When considering driveway options, there are many types of building materials, styles and designs to choose from. Exposed aggregate is one choice that is becoming highly popular with Melbourne residents. It went out of style for a while, but now this durable outdoor concrete finish has come back with a vengeance, and with good reason. […]
  • Why You Should Consider Concrete for Your Next Melbourne Project 16/12/2015 - The next time you have to plan a home renovation, make sure you consider including concrete in your list of building materials. Unlike wood and other surfaces, concrete is able to withstand Melbourne’s impulsive and vast weather systems. Melbourne is no stranger to natural disasters such as severe storms, floods and bushfires. When you utilise […]
  • diy concrete Five reasons you should use a professional concreter and not DIY 14/12/2015 - Concreting is a specialised skill that is fundamental to the building industry. While concreting may look easy and straight forward, here are five reasons you should consider hiring a professional concreter instead of opting to do it yourself. 1. Concreters’ jobs go beyond pouring and mixing concrete The concreter must understand the composition of the […]
  • Four Ways to Renovate Using Concrete 11/12/2015 - Renovating is a great way to update and modernise your home without relocating. Home renovations add aesthetic appeal and versatility, while increasing the value of your property. There are many options to consider when renovating and many different materials that can be used. Concrete is an affordable, timeless material that can be used throughout many […]