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Driveways began hundreds of years ago as features of grand country houses. Long, private roads which lead through the acres of land belonging to the house, they were surfaced with gravel or cobbles, and were often used as an excuse for the owner of the house to show off their considerable wealth.
After the Second World War there was an explosion in the amount of people owning automobiles. The needs of new car-driving home owners were met by design developments in detached and semi-detached suburban houses. As garages which had previously been tucked away behind buildings were moved to sit next to the house, they also began to be filled up with the kind of things which fill up garages; bicycles, mystery boxes, half-full tins of paint… the list goes on. Cars were more than ever parked outside, and this meant that attention had to be paid to the surfaces on which they were parked.
There are, of course, other reasons for the development of paved and/or concreted driveways. Caring for a front garden is not for everyone, and neither is living with an unattractive driveway which isn’t uniformly surfaced.
Concrete soon proved itself to be the most obvious choice for driveway design and construction. It offers a massive amount of flexibility in design and resilience of surface when compared to the available alternatives. More than that, the fact that it can be imprinted and coloured means it can now look more attractive than ever before.
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1st December 2009