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    Bury’s ‘Most Loved’ Driveways and Patios

    Ian and Ben receiving the award

    Ian and Ben receiving the award

    During February we were delighted to find out that we were the ‘Most Loved’ driveway and patio business in Bury on thebestofbury website. They were running a promotion called ‘14 Days Of Love’, a Valentine’s Day tie-in finding the best businesses in the area based on the number of recommendations that they got, and we came top. Not only were we the most recommended driveway and patio company in Bury, we were the third most in the entire country!

    We’re thankful that so many of you are finding the time to give a review of our work, and delighted that you are so pleased with it. We will continue to give you the best driveways and patios possible, and in doing so hope to get many more reviews, so that by this time next year we will be number one in the country.

    The Start Of Our 10th Year

    Happy New Year everyone! We are now back from our Christmas break, and we can’t wait to get started again. 2013 is our 10th year in existence as a company, and we would like to thank all of you for making this possible. We love to keep in touch with our customers, and it goes without saying that we appreciate all of your queries, feedback and even the odd complaint, as this helps us to keep improving and providing the best service we can.

    If you’re thinking of getting a pattern imprinted concrete driveway installed this year, we are currently offering 10% off on all orders made before the end of March, so please take a look at our previous work in our case studies section, as well as our testimonials from our previous customers. The same offer applies to all the other installations we do, from patios, fencing, decking and many more that you can see here.

    If you would like a no-obligation quote, then please click here or phone us on 01706 827180. With the move to our new yard and offices now complete, the aim is for our 10th year to be the best one yet.

    On The Move

    CD Designs are excited to announce that we are moving premises to Stubbins Lane, Ramsbottom. Work on the new premises will begin in the middle of October, and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. It will include a new show room which will offer customers the opportunity to see examples of our driveways more closely, showing what kind of things we do and letting customers see for themselves the various patterns, colours and shapes that can be achieved with pattern imprinted concrete. Also on show will be the many other things that we do, including but not limited to walling, fencing, decking and landscaping.

    The new yard, which is situated close to Ramsbottom town centre, will provide us with excellent links to the motorway and great space to promote our business. So if you’re in the area in 2013 why not pay us a visit. To see on a map where our new premises are, click this link.

    The move coincides with our ten year anniversary, and we look forward to moving into our next decade with a renewed vigour to create the best driveways possible, and give you the best service there is.

    DIY Design On A Budget

    Following on from our latest blog on getting ideas to design your own driveway, we have compiled a list for those on a budget, of some tricks to designing a low cost, good looking pattern imprinted concrete driveway.

    • If you’re pouring new concrete, consider incorporating curves. Make your walkway slightly curved. Go from a square patio to a half-circle. Shape your concrete to flow with the landscaping. It’s a budget-friendly tip that won’t add to the cost of your stamping ideas, but can add a tremendous amount in aesthetics.
    • Add a border. Can’t afford to stamp all the square footage of your concrete? Just stamp a border. A patterned border frames the concrete, giving it a finished look.
    • Keep colour simple. One of the biggest factors that can add to your cost is colouring your concrete with multiple colours. Use the same colour for your border or your fields and you can save quite a bit. Using colour with a pattern will make a dramatic difference compared to plain, grey concrete. You don’t have to do a lot to make an impact.
    • Expand the area you’re stamping. It may seem counterintuitive, but you can add a lot of impact by continuing a stamped pattern from a patio or driveway to walkways and steps. Rather than stamp an entire driveway, consider just doing a border, but then continue that border to nearby walkways, paths, steps, and entryways. Get more for your money by stamping in multiple places and creating a holistic look, rather than just splurging on one, single area.

    Cheshire Court – Testimonial

    This project was a blast from the past. Installed in 2010, we were installing a pattern imprinted concrete driveway on the same street in May 2012. We called round to see if our customer was enjoying their pattern imprinted driveway two years on and they were delighted to see us, inviting us to take some pictures of the driveway that they are rightfully proud of. Incidentally the project on the same street was a property we had previously installed a driveway for and had returned to install a patio, proving that customer care pays off.

    The driveway was installed using Dove Grey colour hardener, Charcoal release agent and Ashlar Slate pattern. The driveway was finished by applying an acid stain to the borders to create definition and effectively a frame for the pattern imprinted concrete artwork within.

    We cannot take all the credit for this job looking so well after two years. The customers have looked after their driveway and followed the advice given in our user guide, proving that this product always looks its best when it is looked after.

    You can see the case study for the driveway here

    Complete Driveway Designs Ltd

    The Yard, Stubbins Lane, Ramsbottom, BL0 0PT
    E:info@northwest-driveways.co.uk
    T: 01706 827180

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