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    Testimonial – Hough Way, Harwood

    We recently received a lovely card of recommendation at TheBestOfBury, from a customer whose pattern imprinted concrete driveway we installed in March at Hough Way in Harwood. Here’s what they had to say:-

    “Your people worked hard and told us what they were doing every step of the way. They respected us and our property and cleaned up everyday. We now have a drive to be proud of. We would strongly recommend this firm. Ray and Val.”

    Photo of the driveway on first inspection

    Photo of the driveway before work was started

    We love getting testimonials like this, as it’s great to see that our customers appreciate our work. Above and below are before and after photos, so that you can see for yourself the driveway that Ray and Val are so pleased with.

    Photo of the finished driveway

    Photo of the finished driveway

    As you can see from the first photo, the drive was a messy combination of tarmac and flags, with an uneven border edge. The finished driveway has a much cleaner edge, with the main Grand Ashlar pattern complimenting the brick patterned border. The colour used for this installation is Steadman Buff with a chocolate release.

    Case Study – Queens Street, Padiham

    Padiham Pattern Imprinted Concrete

    Pattern imprinted concrete yard in Padiham

    This project was installed in September of this year. Originally a small space, this back yard was transformed into a more open and usable space using pattern imprinted concrete.

    Before the concrete was installed, a retaining wall was removed from the area and four steps were installed for access. The customer had previously had trouble with water seeping into his basement, so provisions were made for any water to run away from the house and into an aco channel which sat in front of the lowest step. An extra gully was also fitted to alleviate excess water from the roof of the outhouse.

    The pattern used for this yard is London Cobble, and the colour is Arizona Tan. As you can see from the above picture, even a relatively small space can be transformed into an attractive and functional part of the home.

    To see the full case study, with lots more pictures, click here.

    Caxton Gibbet McDonald’s

    Initial preparation for the concrete, with our van and the gibbet in the background

    Initial preparation, with our van and the gibbet in the background

    With Halloween coming up, we thought we would tell you about an installation we did last month near Caxton, and of the gruesome legends that are associated with it.

    Caxton is a small village 9 miles west of Cambridge. It is best known for being the site of an infamous gibbet. A gibbet is any instrument of public execution, but the term gibbeting, which Caxton is known for, refers to the use of a gallows-type structure from which the dead or dying bodies of executed criminals were hung on public display. There are tales of people being gibbeted in Caxton in the 1670’s, and there are court case records of the gibbet still being there in 1745.

    There are many tales of the people that have died on the gibbet, the most famous involving the robbery and murder of a family named Partridge. The murderer escaped abroad, but returned some years later. Whilst in a local pub, the inebriated man boasted how he fled authorities after poaching some partridges. The pub’s landlord thought he was referring to the murders and called the police. He was arrested and later sentenced to be hung from a cage on the gibbet till he starved to death. A variation on the story tells how a local baker took pity on the caged man and gave him some bread, for which he was arrested and sentenced to the same fate.

    The gibbet in a photo from 1900

    The photo of the gibbet circa 1900

    The current gibbet is a replica, thought to have been constructed from the timbers of a nearby cottage, and is seen in the photo above from around 1900. It stands at a crossroads about a mile and a half from Caxton, and is right next to the site of a new McDonald’s restaurant. Complete Driveway Designs were commisioned to install the pattern imprinted concrete for the drive-thru, based on similar work we have done in other parts of the country.

    Click the link below to see the Wikipedia article on Caxton Gibbet, which includes a reference to the new restaurant.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caxton_Gibbet

    Concrete Garden Walls

    Example of a natural looking wall made from concrete

    Example of a natural looking wall made from concrete

    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.

    Work Begins On Showroom

    When we moved to our new premises in December, we told you about our plans to build a showroom. Work has now begun, and it’s already looking great!

    Inprinting the pattern

    The process has not been dissimilar to the way we install pattern imprinted concrete for our customers. We started by stripping out all the existing storage shelves that were here when we moved in, and then got rid of all other the debris that had accumulated. The floor was then prepared for concrete in the usual way, by digging up and levelling the area, then setting up temporary barriers to contain the concrete and let us know how high to pour it. The concrete was then poured, coloured and the pattern was imprinted, as you can see in the image above.

    Building the interior walls

    Building the interior walls

    Work on the interior walls has just begun (above), and as with all our work, is being done by our own people. We don’t sub-contract, so when the showroom is finished, you will know exactly what our work looks like. When the work is completed you will be able to see and stand on a pattern imprinted concrete floor, just like we install on our driveways, and also view a wide variety of pattern and colour samples. We will announce when the room is ready, so please come and see us then!

    Complete Driveway Designs Ltd

    The Yard, Stubbins Lane, Ramsbottom, BL0 0PT
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