CD Designs Blog

    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?

    Be Unique, Use Concrete

    So; you’ve been thinking about getting a new driveway for a while. You’ve budgeted, and now you’re researching the options open to you. You want something that’s durable and long-lasting. But more than that, you want something that’s classy and attractive; something with the “wow” factor; and – come on, let’s be honest – something a little bit different from (and a little bit nicer than) whatever your neighbours have got.

    Although it might not seem it, opting for concrete, the most commonly used man made material in the world, might be the easiest way of ensuring that your driveway is unique to your property.

    Concrete driveways offer a tough, consistent surface which is shaped exactly to your specifications; while loose driveway solutions like chipped slate can match the second point, they’re not so hot on the first one. Similarly, tarmacadam drives can also be shaped to fit, but lack concrete’s strength and can be a nightmare if they come into contact with solvents.

    But the factor that means concrete can really bring you head and shoulders above the competition – sorry, the rest of the street – is the combination of our imprinting and colouring techniques. You can get a driveway that not only benefits from all of concrete’s excellent qualities as a building material, but also looks like it was laboriously hand-laid using expensive shaped stones. And what’s more, any combination of pattern and colour is possible. So whether you’ve seen a driveway that you really like and want to emulate it, or you’ve seen one that you absolutely hate and want the opposite, it’s probably possible.

    Complete Driveway Designs Ltd

    The Yard, Stubbins Lane, Ramsbottom, BL0 0PT
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