Enter: B&D, the Australian garage door manufacturer that’s been combining innovative engineering with curb appeal for more than 60 years. In close consultation with Shape Homes, B&D developed a bespoke, architecturally-designed and engineered system for the Prospect development.
‘The original plan was to look at a tilt door system, but these systems are somewhat outdated,’ Tom Hammond, B&D’s national new housing manager explains. ‘They have weight restrictions, can reduce your driveway space during operation and can be high-maintenance.
‘When Shape Homes approached the B&D team, the challenge was to solve these problems.’
Tom says that finding a design-led solution provided an opportunity for B&D to stretch its usual way of thinking and step outside the box, saying it proved challenging for both the design and engineering teams: ‘We were challenged not only by the redesign of the garage door tracking system having to fit inside the opening instead of behind, but we had to integrate and align the cladding on the garage door directly to match it with the exterior wall’.
They were up to the task, developing a solution that was not only used for Prospect but has now been adapted to B&D’s ongoing market offerings.
‘We were committed to delivering which led us to trial some new concepts,’ Tom says. ‘We created a customised solution for this project by designing a flush-mount (integrated cladding) sectional garage door system.’
As part of the Designer Series, the B&D flush-mount finish creates a seamless facade with the garage doors practically disappearing into the overall design. While the current range of available cladding products includes Prodenma Prodex and Biowood, B&D says there is a range of new finishes on the way. Daniel recalls the overwhelmingly positive response onsite as the doors were installed, saying: ‘Everyone that looked at the doors agreed that they looked fantastic. Having an integrated garage door makes a real difference in a classic build.’
And while aesthetics are important, especially when it comes to a building’s facade, Daniel was left more impressed still by the quality. ‘Biowood as a product is a standout,’ he says of the sustainable composite timber. ‘It’s durable, it wears well, and it weathers well.’