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    Making An Internal Feature Of Your Driveway

    If you are anything like the good people of CD Designs, you are probably very proud of your pattern imprinted concrete driveway, as well as the car parked upon it. Everyone has their own tastes, however, regardless of the exact combination of colour, pattern and finish, we are sure that one thing you’ll agree on is that driveways are primarily an external feature. Yes, garages often have concrete flooring in them, but this part of the equation is usually just for storage rather than show.

    Not necessarily, dear friends. There are a number of eccentric and creative individuals that are so proud of (or perhaps we could say obsessed by) their cars and driveways that they have made them into internal features, to wow all the visitors to their domiciles.

    John Ryder from Sheffield, and his living room garage

    John Ryder from Sheffield, and his living room garage

    Take John Ryder from Sheffield – a man so proud of his yellow Ferrari Spider that he has converted the garage it lives in into a living room, complete with furniture and a television set! We’ve heard of in-car television, but this is something else entirely. Then there’s the Takuya Tsuchida modern, a residence in Tokyo with a revolutionary garage, complete with lift that allows residents to elevate their cars up into the living room to showcase them. There are other examples to be found as well, of various luxury apartments around the world with same floor parking, often with the car visible from the living room.

    So what do we think? How much do you have to be in love with your car to have such a feature in your house?

    Image via home-designing.com

    Ugly Garage Door! Why Not Hide It?

    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?

    The Best Garage Conversions Ever?

    A pattern imprinted concrete driveway provides you with an aesthetically pleasing, fit-to-task surface on which to park your vehicle. One of the benefits of this is that it can free up your garage; especially if you’ve previously had to shut your vehicle away instead of leaving it on your drive because you’ve been lacking a suitably surfaced driveway space.

    Imagine what you could do with that newly freed up garage. Garage conversions are becoming more and more popular, and, especially when combined with a new driveway, could increase the resale value of your property.

    With some work done to insulate a garage, converting it into a games-room or home-cinema room, for example, becomes a definite possibility. Most garages have an electricity supply, and some even have plumbing; this opens up the potential projects available to someone interested in gaining an “extra room” for their house.

    Of course, you don’t have to entirely re-purpose your garage. You may still want to keep it as an indoor space for DIY and car-repair tasks – especially in winter months – but also want to make more out of the space whilst your car is on your drive. If you’re searching for some inspiration, why not take a look at American chat-show host Jay Leno’s garage. He’s a millionaire, so his classic car collection might be out of your reach, but he’s obviously someone who’s decided to make the most out of his garage by using it as a place to combine a number of things that he enjoys.

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