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If you are looking for an innovative way to decorate your pattern imprinted concrete driveway, then you’ve come to the right place! If you are looking for more ways to entertain your children then hey, we might just be able to help you kill two birds with one stone!
Think for a minute about classic children’s playground games, such as shuffleboard and hopscotch. These are easy to implement on concrete, with just a few simple extra materials. We’ll concentrate on shuffleboard for the rest of this article, but for any such games, the principles are similar.
For a shuffleboard court you need an area of concrete 52 feet long by 10 feet wide. It is a good idea to leave a bit of extra space either side to leave space for the players to stand when not playing.
The concrete needs to completely flat and level, so you’ll need to make sure it is levelled carefully when wet, otherwise you might have to consider grinding it down and filling in gaps. Next up, you should look at painting your court with an attractive colour and sealing it with a clear finish to make it hard wearing and smooth.
The final touch is to paint your game markings on the court (you can get templates to help you with this) and wax the court with shuffleboard wax so that the shuffleboard discs will slide smoothly! You need to re-wax the court on a regular basis.
Photo by SupremeCrete
9th May 2011
When we’re trawling the internet for interesting concrete related facts to share with you, we sometimes trip over some really fantastic ideas. Like this one: a concrete slide integrated into a house. We think you’ll agree that it’s slightly more exotic than a pattern imprinted concrete driveway.
Admittedly, it’s a play-house. But at 150 square metres, it’s not exactly the smallest play-house ever, is it? So, are you tempted by a concrete slide to link your first floor to the ground floor? You’ll still need stairs, obviously, in order to get up to the top of the slide in the first place.
If you prefer your home improvements to be a little bit more sensible – but still visually striking – maybe a pattern imprinted concrete driveway is more what you’re looking for.
Our pattern imprinted concrete driveways may not be quite as much fun as a slide built into the side of your house, but they are excellent hard-surfaced drives. And they’re available in a variety of finishes and colours, meaning that there’s a lot of flexibility in terms of design.
If you’re interested in a pattern imprinted concrete driveway, we offer free, no obligation quotations. And if you’re interested in a concrete slide… well, we’ll have to see what we can do…
14th December 2010
Although most of the information on this website – and in the posts on this blog – is aimed at domestic customers, we’ve got a lot of experience working for commercial customers. We’ve completed installations for (and on behalf of) a number of large organisations. They picked us because we’re a skilled team who apply the same care to all our jobs, no matter how big or small the client.
Pattern imprinted concrete surfaces can really bring your commercial property up a notch. They’re attractive, meaning that we can provide a unique surface that reflects your business. They’re durable; after all, concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world for a reason. And, best of all, they’re cost effective – a reasonable initial outlay and some simple maintenance results in a pattern imprinted surface that will look good for years.
The compressive strength of concrete also means that high-traffic areas can still be pattern imprinted. Delivery bays, for example, or other areas of your property which see a lot of vehicular traffic, can be surfaced and will hold up to the usage. Our knowledge of the installation process means that we’ll be able to identify the necessary depth of excavation and subbase fill to ensure that your pattern imprinted concrete surface is up to the task. And our attention to detail and the quality of our work means that it’ll look good for years.
23rd July 2010
At Complete Driveway Designs we focus on pattern imprinted concrete. This is because we’re great fans of its flexibility as a surfacing material, and because of the fantastic quality of the finished product. But just because we’re big fans of pattern imprinted concrete, it doesn’t mean that we don’t appreciate other traditional driveway surfaces.
Surfacing solutions like loose gravel or slate chipping can be particularly attractive when used in combination with pattern imprinted concrete. And there are some real benefits to combing surfaces. Bordering a pattern imprinted concrete driveway with gravel, for example, can be visually appealing and can remove the necessity of planting and lawn-care. It’s a way of getting a low-effort, good looking garden that isn’t dominated by pattern imprinted concrete. Not that we think there’s anything wrong with large expanses of pattern imprinted concrete; we just understand that peoples’ tastes differ. Our design and installation services are focussed on providing you with what you want, and installing it with the utmost care and skill.
We would, however, recommend that the most trafficked area of your driveway should be surfaced with pattern imprinted concrete; leave the other surfaces as attractive additions. We say this because pattern imprinted concrete is much more stable and durable than other surfaces; after all, there’s a reason why concrete is the most commonly used construction material in the world.
4th June 2010
Pattern imprinted concrete surfaces aren’t just for driveways and patios. They can also provide eye-catching and durable interior floors. Projects like conservatories are ideal for pattern imprinted concrete floors, and they’re worth thinking about if you’re planning an extension.
That’s enough of the sensible surfacing suggestions… how about concrete appliances for your home? Concrete really is being embraced by designers across the world. They appreciate the qualities that we exploit in our pattern imprinted concrete driveways; its strength and the relative ease of shaping it when it’s at its pliable, pre-set stage.
Let’s have a look at some examples of concrete household appliances (all of these examples were found on http://gizmodo.com).
First, there’s this concrete lamp. With functional looks that match the materials it’s made from, the concrete lamp is one of a range of appliances designed by Benjamin Hubert. A concrete base would definitely ensure that the lamp was stable.
Next up is this prototype concrete clock. By encasing numerical displays in a concrete block, the designer has created a clock that you don’t immediately realise is a clock. While it might not be the most intuitive clock you’ve ever tried to tell the time from, it’s an interesting object.
And last but not least, there’s this concrete humidifier. It utilises concrete’s porous nature; something which we actively combat when we seal our pattern imprinted concrete driveways. So, as long as you don’t treat the humidifier with pattern imprinted concrete driveway sealant, it should work fine…
24th May 2010