Garaging, Paths & Driveways
Different materials are available for paths but ensure they're in keeping with the rest of the house. Think about why you want paths in their particular location and consider how much sun the area gets which may dictate what kind of material you use. Concrete or stone driveways can add greatly to the aesthetics of a home and are very practical. Small river stones look great but their smooth edges mean they move, so are impractical for walking or driving on.
Given the investment we have in our cars, it's surprising there aren't more garages with doors. Garages have come a long way and now are seen as an integral part of the design of the house and doors can be sourced that enhance the street appeal. On the other hand, prebuilt units can be bought and installed rapidly and cheaply. The concrete slab is fundamental to the garage. Be aware of what is underneath your planned garage. Drains may mean the concrete needs reinforcing which can dramatically add cost.
THE MODERN GARAGE DOOR
Local Councils now require full lock up before interior lining can occur and this includes window/doors and garage doors. This raises the issue of ordering your garage door at the correct time so as not to delay the progress of your build. In normal conditions, allow two to three weeks for coloured steel doors and three to four weeks for powder coated or custom made doors.
- The best time to get a garage door firm in is at the framing stage, once the roof is on. It is easy to make changes to the opening at this point. Once the door arrives, windows are usually installed and the door is the last item to close in the exterior envelope.
- Keep in mind that the garage door installer requires the front wall lining and insulation (if applicable) to be in place first. This saves the builder having to remove the track, etc., to do the lining. Normally the inspectors are happy for this to proceed but check with your local council
- When choosing a garage door for your home you should be aware that nowadays doors are available in countless styles to enhance the character and street value of your home
- Some simple technical advice by an expert can assist with situations such as confined parking space, corrosion prone areas by the sea or even what size best suits to keep within a given budget
- Three main door types are used now: rollerdoors, tiltadoors and sectional doors. Both tilt and sectional can be made in many custom designs with plywood, metal and cedar claddings
- Windows may be added to these doors to let in light or to aesthetically match your house
- Metal doors can be chosen in a very broad colour range with a high quality powder coated finish
- Sectional and roller doors offer good security and weatherproofing along with quiet operation. The sectional door is considered to offer the most advantages to the homeowner
- Often automatic operators are offered with the facility to switch on and off a burglar alarm or lighting from the same remote control