CD Designs Blog
Complete Driveway Designs now installs resin bonded driveways. As promised in January, here is a description of our new product, and what it can offer to our customers.
The product we use is manufactured by Adbruf, and is a flexible two-part solvent-free polyurethane hybrid resin. In non-techno babble, this is the actual glue that holds the materials together. It can either be applied first with an aggregate laid on top (resin bonded), or mixed with an aggregate before application (resin bound). The aggregates themselves can be almost anything, ranging from granite, wood, quartz tarmac, rubber and of course concrete, and can be any colour, shape or size.
Once finished it gives the appearance of loose aggregate, but is actually very strong and suitable for vehicles to be parked on. It also creates a surface with a good deal of friction, great for winter weather or areas with ramps.
One of the main advantages of this type of surface is that it is fully permeable, meaning it lets water through and therefore there is no need for extra drainage to be installed. Non-permeable surfaces like tarmac or concrete usually require drainage in order to comply with government water regulations.
If you would like a free, no-obligation quotation for a resin bound or resin bonded driveway or patio, or would like any information about the process, then please get in touch on 01706 827180 or leave a message here.
20th February 2014
When thinking about separating your garden from the outside world, most people automatically think of wooden fencing. Following on from our look at the recent phenomenon of concrete furniture, the latest trend in garden design is concrete walling.
There are many benefits to having a concrete wall over traditional wood fencing. Firstly a concrete wall will never rot or warp like wood fencing, meaning the larger initial install cost will be paid back over time. The concrete wall will obviously fare much better against the elements and is fire and wind proof.
However the main reason customers are turning to concrete walls is the huge variety of colours and patterns that can be applied, making them not just functional but decorative as well. As with our pattern imprinted driveways, the concrete can be matched or contrasted with the design of the house and garden, and the style is only limited by your imagination. It can also be made to look like wood, stone or any other material, whilst keeping the inherent strength and longevity of concrete. Finally planters can easily be incorporated into the walls, giving a very organic and natural look to your garden.
If you would like a quote on any fencing or walling, please make an enquiry here, or call 01706 82 7180.
5th August 2013
In the mid-20th century, concrete became unfashionable due to its extensive use on large housing projects and tower blocks. However, new techniques and imaginitive designers are giving the material a new lease of life.
Souda, a New York City-based design studio, has been experimenting with all kinds of concrete structures, including furniture. “In a lot of design, concrete is still used in a blocky way. But it is a fluid material from which we can now make any sort of three-dimensional shape,” said Isaac Friedman-Heiman, one of the co-founders of the company. Traditionally concrete is mixed with gravel and sand, but high-tech materials like fibreglass and steel-reinforced microfibres have allowed the designers to create almost anything they can imagine.
Tina Rugelj, a Slovenian architect, has been researching concrete furniture techniques for several years. Her collection of fibre-reinforced concrete outdoor furniture was presented in Milan last year. “While designing this collection, I wanted to use all of the potential of the material: its extreme thinness (the thickness of my product varies between 10mm and 16mm); lightness (from 9kg to 56kg); the way it can bend; and its weather resistance, both to cold and to heat.”The techniques used are still largely experimental, but as designers gain more experience with the material, we may see it becoming a large part of our home furnishings in the future.
See the original article from ft.com here.
1st August 2013
This particular customer approached a former customer for our details after being impressed by our work, which you can see here. The customer wanted a transformation of both the back and the front of their property, with a new pattern imprinted driveway and patio.
Steps were built to the rear of the property to provide access to a lower garden area, and a half square step was installed providing access to the back door. Both sets of steps were formed using charcoal KL blocks. A wall was built at the front of the property using Marshallite buff block, providing a planting area, and the front wall repointed and given a facelift. The walls were then topped with coping stones. When deciding on the pattern and colour of the pattern imprinted concrete the, customer chose Steadman Buff and the Ashlar Slate pattern.
To see the full case study for this pattern imprinted concrete driveway, please click here.
11th July 2013
If you read our preview of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, you will no doubt be eagerly wanting to know the results. Some of the main awards were the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ being named as Plant of the Centenary, and the Trailfinders Australian Garden, built by Phillip Johnson Landscapes, being awarded Best Show Garden.
The Plant of the Centenary is a special award this year to commemorate Chelsea’s 100th year. The ‘Rozanne’ was named after its discoverer, Mrs Rozanne Waterer, who found the strange looking geranium at the bottom of her garden in the small village of Kilve in Somerset in 1989. It is thought that it is a naturally occurring hybrid, which grows taller and has larger flowers than most other geraniums.
The Trailfinders Australian Garden is an attempt at “capturing a small snippet of the beauty of the Australian country”. It uses native Australian plants, from lush ferns to bright kangaroo paws and bottle trees, and includes a waterfall and billabong. You can see a short video showing the garden, along with a chat with the designer Philip Johnson, by clicking here.
You can see all the awards, along with lots of images and videos, at the show’s website.
7th June 2013