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Two of the most popular concrete applications for homes are new pattern imprinted concrete patios and pattern imprinted concrete driveways.
Patios in particular have become hugely popular in a past few years, thanks to design show and lifestyle magazines which have encouraged us to rethink how we use our outdoor space. Not simply for the occasional good weather Summer BBQ, patios are now being developed to encourage ‘non Summer’ usage, with fire pits, durable seating and heated, lit areas for the family to gather in and enjoy the outdoors.
Patios extend living space and provide extra useful room for entertaining. However, it can be difficult to accurately plan the layout, size and design of a patio without incurring expensive mistakes, so it’s wise to hire a professional to advise and scope out your requirements, before carrying out a professional build for you.
Basic design factors to consider start with size and the eventual area you’d like your patio to cover. Bear in mind that the addition of garden furniture will rapidly make a ‘naked’ concrete patio space seem smaller – exactly as furniture does within a house, so factor in as much room as possible. A typical outdoor table for four will require at least 12 feet squared. Factor in additional requirements such as loungers, BBQs and any outdoor bar areas.
Look too at the shape – a simple rectangle may seem obvious, but patios blend far better with the garden when edges are gently rounded into lawns and surrounding plant borders. Poured concrete patios can help to provide more flexible shape options than using fixed paving stones or slabs.
The eventual use of your patio is another important concern. Heavy entertaining might require a couple of small patio areas, to allow guests to mingle in small gatherings. Connect each space with walkways and lighting. Regular family use for meals may suit a large single patio area better, with a hardscape directly from the backdoor.
Another very important factor to consider is planning permission or permits, and this applies for many outdoor projects including patios, Pattern imprinted concrete driveways, general extensions and structures, where homes maybe listed or have other restrictions. Check with your council or seek advice from your concrete contractor, who will advise as part of your project.
With the help of a professional, you can sit back and relax knowing that the patio of your dreams is being constructed expertly, to offer you and your family many years of valuable use and enjoyment.
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28th June 2011
After a passing love affair with stone and granite, home-owners, designers and gardeners are suddenly re-embracing concrete in droves, whether for pattern imprinted concrete driveways, flexible concrete patio space, or increasingly, futuristic concrete gardens.
The simple fact is that concrete has sustained its appeal. A cheaper material, cast-able, fully mobile, and with great opportunities for mixing and forming, concrete is being used in some decidedly cutting edge ways!
Recent garden design festivals have showcased the work that cutting-edge designers are doing to bring concrete back to life in our home settings. Sunken concrete gardens traversed with die-cut stepping stones and interspersed with seas of exotic blooms were applauded in the press, and concrete was displayed in various contemporary ways; surfaces for example were scattered with embedded nails and glass, displaying striking texture and patterns and revealing the fascinating nature of concrete’s aggregate elements.
Proving too that there’s more to concrete than floor laying, designers have been experimenting with mixes and painted applications to make vertical concrete sculptures, which combine the material with iron bars and burnished panels. The artist Cleve West has for example, created some stunning oversized concrete bowls which display the versatility of this material.
From lime-washed concrete panels to vertical castings and sculptures, polished and waxed concrete paths to sculptures combining concrete, steel and wood – concrete is finally having its day as a medium of artistic expression. And for domestic designers, inspiration can take place in the most usable ways. Install intricately pattern imprinted concrete driveways, or look at polished concrete kitchen worktops and floors, sealed and buffed to demonstrate the natural palette of reds, yellows and greens available, for a surprisingly fresh take on an old favourite.
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13th June 2011
We’ve got a reputation across the north west for installing excellent pattern imprinted concrete driveways, patios, and other related products. And we’ve built that reputation by working hard, by knowing what we’re doing, and by paying attention to detail.
We pay attention to detail when we meet our clients. By listening to what you want to get from our property, we can properly explain what it’s possible to achieve with pattern imprinted concrete. And it means we can offer the best possible driveway design advice.
And we pay attention while we’re installing your pattern imprinted concrete driveway. It ensures that the standard of work we deliver to each client is always as high as possible. After all, nothing damages a contractor’s reputation as quickly as dissatisfied and disgruntled customers. So, we like to keep you sweet. Every stage of the driveway installation process – from initial excavation to the final tidy – is done properly.
If you’ like to see some examples of the results of our attention to detail, there are quite a few in our case studies. As you should be able to see, we’re good at what we do. So, if you’d like to get in contact with a contractor that isn’t going to cut corners, and is going to leave you with a high quality pattern imprinted concrete driveway, remember that we provide free, no-obligation quotations.
28th October 2010
Pattern imprinted concrete driveways may seem most suited to the suburban properties. And it’s true that the majority of work jobs we perform are in towns and suburban areas across the North West. But that doesn’t mean we’re not up to jobs in the city.
Commercial customers in particular should rest assured that we don’t have any problems venturing into the depths of Manchester, for example, to install pattern imprinted concrete. Pattern imprinted concrete is an excellent product for commercial properties. It offers a remarkable amount of design flexibility, which is excellent for branding purposes. It’s also ideal for making sure external surfaces are regular and durable; important for both customer and staff safety.
For an example of this type of pattern imprinted concrete installation, take a look at this blog post on the work we did for Vital Services. As you can see, they need a relatively small area of pattern imprinted concrete – a pathway instead of a driveway – and we were more than happy to provide it.
Domestic customers in the city should remember us as well, if they’re in need of an attractive surface. Pattern imprinted concrete is ideal for city properties; it’s relatively quickly installed, and remarkably durable once it’s set.
29th August 2010
Sometimes, too much choice can be a bad thing. Take your garden for example; working out what to plant – and where to plant it – can be an absolute nightmare. We suggest planning your garden around one large, functional feature. Like, for example, a pattern imprinted concrete driveway or patio.
By having an area of hard surfacing installed in your garden, you open up a number of new design possibilities. Borders, for example, could now be planted alongside your pattern imprinted concrete, allowing you to further enhance the shape and layout of your garden.
Because of concrete’s unique characteristics, areas of pattern imprinted concrete surfacing can be installed with a massive variety of dimensions, to form a variety of shapes. Fluid, curving fields of concrete might fit your garden better than traditional, straight-edged driveways and patios.
Obviously, garden design might not be at the top of your agenda. Investing in pattern imprinted concrete allows you to entrust the installation to your contractor, and once it’s done the only maintenance it’ll require is a regular clean and an occasional reseal. A durable, attractive surface for parking your car, or for socialising with friends, could be just the addition that your garden needs. If you think pattern imprinted concrete sounds right for your property, please contact us for a free quote.
7th June 2010