Category Archives: Home Renovation

Corinda House Renovation Photos

I did the driveway slab pre-pour inspection at our Corinda, Brisbane job yesterday.

I used the opportunity to take a few photos around the site. The builder is James Maguire Construction.

The building designer is NEO Building Design.

Structural engineer is Cornell Engineers – Structural Engineers for Queensland.

Back slab and rear wall
Build in under rear view
Front stairs
Build in under new stairs
Back stairs
Build in under back patio
New wall
Build in under front view
Internal stairs
Build in under internal stairs

5 Home Renovation Products from Sika

Renovating or building? These are my favourite five Sika construction chemicals that you’ll need for your next home renovation.

Contact Details for Sika

Fresh update! This page features our favourite Sika products; but the best way to get hold of a Sika product is to contact Sika directly. Check out this link:

http://aus.sika.com/en/system/contact.html

Sika MonoTop-Primer

If you’re patching cracked or broken concrete, Sika MonoTop Primer is what you apply to the old concrete first to make sure the new concrete sticks. Brush, roller or spray on – it’s easy to apply and will improve the bond between old and new concrete.

Get Sika MonoTop Primer from Bunnings

Sikaflex-Pro

Multi-purpose flexible joint sealant for use inside and out. Seal the gap in brick control joints, around windows and doors and wall and floor penetrations.

This stuff sticks to concrete, brick, tiles, moist metal and most timber.

My favourite use for Sikaflex-Pro is to seal the  gap between concrete paths and brickwork walls to prevent water running into the ground adjacent to house footings. It’s great because, when installed correctly, the sealant flexes open and closed without tearing.

Get Sikaflex-Pro from Bunnings

SikaTite-BE

If you’re building a retaining wall or a basement then you need to make sure water won’t come through your wall. SikaTite-BE is a water based bitumen  emulsion that can be applied on the soil side of the wall. Spray, roller or brush on.

When I specify a bitumen based waterproofing membrane – this is the black stuff I’m thinking of. I also like to specify it as a treatment for DuraGal galvanised steel to stop it rusting where it is in contact with concrete.

Contact Sika directly.

Sikasil C AP

A range of coloured silicone sealants to match the colours of your kitchens and bathrooms. These arty-farty colours will blend in nicely with the look you’ve got going.

Seal the gap behind the new kitchen bench and along the side of your new bathroom vanity. So much more in sync with the vibe than sticking to white, colours like Taupe, Ivory, Pewter and Stone! Pretty fancy and jut perfect for your renovation.

Grab it at Bunnings

SikaBond-SprayFix

Wanna get stuck? DIY renovators that want to stick something to something else – or itself – will love this stuff. Handy aerosol adhesive for multipurpose sticking.

Please don’t use it to fix plasterboard to a wall or to glue coins to the footpath – it’s more suitable for art and craft, repairs, and making stuff. Those TV renovators probably use tonnes of this stuff.

Get Stuck at Bunnings

Conclusion

Cornell Engineers are structural engineers in Brisbane and Mackay.  We work with and specify construction chemicals regularly and these were our favourite 5 products form Sika.

When working with construction chemicals, please read and follow the instructions. That’s why we provide links to the Product Data Sheets – please use them.

Thanks for checking out our page on Sika Construction Products. Let us know your favourite products if you get a chance!!

PS. and thank you Sika Australia!

New Farm Renovation, Brisbane

Cornell Engineers are pleased to announce they have been awarded the structural engineering design and documentation of the proposed renovation of a duplex unit in New Farm, Brisbane.

Director, Matt Cornell, said “This building has a lot of hidden potential. The owner has great insights and will be able to turn this property into a gem!”

Cornell Engineers provide structural engineering for new houses, extension and renovations in Brisbane and Mackay. The Brisbane market is performing really well and a tasteful renovation and extension makes great sense. Matt Cornell said, “We’ve had some great feedback from clients. We offer a personalised and intelligent structural engineering service and that complements committed and involved owners and builders. We particularly love working with our home owners and designers. I guess that’s what makes us a little bit different to the current offerings in the market.”

Rear wall to be removed
This wall will open up into a new light-filled courtyard.
Before Photeo - Reno Project
This building will get a spruce up with some minor structural upgrades.