CD Designs Blog
There are many things you could do and really should do to make your home exterior as neat and picturesque as possible. some are far easier to realise than others, but the simple fact is that garage doors are difficult to deal with!
I’m not talking about fitting them – the average garage door is no harder to install than anything else. What I am talking about is finding one that fits neatly into the style you’ve gone with for the rest of your exterior. Garage doors tend only to be available in a limited number of styles, and they are generally large, bulky, obtrusive objects that are always in danger of sticking out like the proverbial sore thumb.
If you want to find a perfect solution for this problem, you’ll probably need to go bespoke, but this shouldn’t be a problem. The best way to go is to hide them, so no one knows they are there: after all, a lot of the best design work is invisible!
A great example comes from Beausoleil Architects, who have taken a large Victorian house in the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco and turned the ground floor bay window into a garage door:
Or what about the detached house in Florida, where the entire front facade has been converted into a huge garage door, capable of fitting a small aircraft?
16th May 2011
Although every residential project is unique, they do all usually fall within the same parameters. Space is always at a premium, and maximizing the use of that space is part of what makes an excellently designed driveway.
But some people are lucky enough to have a little bit more room than others. Houses that come with their own land are usually set back from a road, so the driveways at these properties can end up resembling short private roads. And, as ever, property is a very personal thing. All homeowners want something that isn’t just functional, but also says a little bit about their personalities, and affords them the kind of pleasure that doesn’t just come from a high quality hard surface.
Combine all these factors and what do you get? Well, you get racetrack driveway of course. In the good old U.S.A, the land of the big and the wonderfully ridiculous, this homeowner has obviously looked at their space, looked at their budget, found a generous amount of wiggle-room, and suddenly remembered a childhood wish; to have their own private Le Mans. While it’s obviously a car-safe surface, the temptation to razz around it on a go-kart (or even a ride-on lawnmower) must be immense.
It might strike you as a little over the top, or, alternatively, as one of the best ideas anyone has ever had. Either way, it’s always worth being reminded that your property is exactly that, your property, and if you’d really like to achieve something with it, concrete and a skilled contractor can help you make it a reality.
27th January 2010