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When designing pattern imprinted concrete driveways and patios for our customers, it has always amazed us what a huge variety of options are available and achievable. Even the same material AND pattern can yield vastly different results if you simply vary the base colour used and the finish.
In this article we’ll be talking about colour, and focusing on Ashlar slate, a material that we’ve done a lot of work with. Ashlar slate is a nice hard wearing material, great for a neat fairly formal look, but also versatile, suiting a variety of situations and shapes, whether you want a professional looking driveway for major kerb appeal, or a nice gentle secluded patio out back. It can also be effectively cut into a variety of shapes, eg rectangular or circular.
If you look at some of our case studies you’ll witness the variety we are talking about. Brandleshome features a classic pattern imprinted concrete driveway and matching path in a fairly neutral colour that fits in well with the surrounding brick walls, lawns and foliage. Benbecular Way on the other hand has a driveway in a bright tan colour for a much bolder effect. Finally, the driveway at Eden Park is using a platinum silver colour with a shiny finish, which again gives a distinct feel and character, even though the material is identical and the pattern is the same throughout most of it.
22nd April 2011
It’s 2011, and we’re approaching spring. You’ve got used to the shock of coming back to work after the bliss of Christmas. The climate is getting warmer as we say good bye to the last fronds of winter. You’re comfortable again, and looking for your next home improvement project. So what can you do to spring clean your property, and bring everything together nicely?
A new pattern imprinted concrete driveway or reseal of your existing work could be just the thing to make your frontage or back garden shine. CD Designs offers a wide selection of colours and patterns to provide the perfect solution to enhance your home, regardless of your property and tastes.
CD Designs is comprised of a team with many years of experience, so you’ll get VIP treatment and an expert service all the way from planning to implementation. The process starts with a visit from a design consultant, with the aim of discussing your needs and working out exactly what would work best for your situation. Our team will promptly complete the installation to the highest possible standards, and offer expert advice on maintaining your pattern imprinted concrete driveway.
Remember, it isn’t just a aesthetically pleasing, robust enhancement to your property: it’s an investment in its value, so it will hold value now and in the future.
5th April 2011
So; you’ve been thinking about getting a new driveway for a while. You’ve budgeted, and now you’re researching the options open to you. You want something that’s durable and long-lasting. But more than that, you want something that’s classy and attractive; something with the “wow” factor; and – come on, let’s be honest – something a little bit different from (and a little bit nicer than) whatever your neighbours have got.
Although it might not seem it, opting for concrete, the most commonly used man made material in the world, might be the easiest way of ensuring that your driveway is unique to your property.
Concrete driveways offer a tough, consistent surface which is shaped exactly to your specifications; while loose driveway solutions like chipped slate can match the second point, they’re not so hot on the first one. Similarly, tarmacadam drives can also be shaped to fit, but lack concrete’s strength and can be a nightmare if they come into contact with solvents.
But the factor that means concrete can really bring you head and shoulders above the competition – sorry, the rest of the street – is the combination of our imprinting and colouring techniques. You can get a driveway that not only benefits from all of concrete’s excellent qualities as a building material, but also looks like it was laboriously hand-laid using expensive shaped stones. And what’s more, any combination of pattern and colour is possible. So whether you’ve seen a driveway that you really like and want to emulate it, or you’ve seen one that you absolutely hate and want the opposite, it’s probably possible.
21st January 2010