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Driveway ideas for your new home

When it comes to making a good first impression, you’ll want your home’s driveway and front garden to look smart. There are countless options available to you when it comes to your driveway, so we’ve created this guide to explain a few of them and help you focus on the look you want to achieve. It’s also worth visiting a landscaping merchants and walking around their displays to see what appeals to you personally.

Giving your driveway a makeover can boost the value of your property, which could be a positive thing long-term, should you decide to sell.


Consider natural stone block paving

For an attractive driveway that will be long lasting, natural stone block paving can be an excellent choice.

Sandstone block paving is available in autumnal colours and can add warmth to your driveaway. If you want your block paving to keep its colour for years to come, perhaps consider grey natural stone?

If your home is modern and contemporary in style, you could reflect this in the driveway material you choose.

Limestone paving in black and deep blue can be very eye-catching, helping you to make a statement. Natural stone block paving can be expensive, but it will last.

Perhaps manufactured block paving would suit you better?

If you have a tight budget, manufactured block paving can be a cheaper alternative to natural stone block paving that still looks great.

Small como blocks are great for driveways and paths, whether you want to create a cobbled effect or use them to create an intricate pattern around other paving slabs.

They often come in three different sizes so you can mix things up. Manufactured block paving comes in a variety of colours.

If you have a traditional looking property, you might want your driveway to look like it’s been in situ for many years. There are rustic-looking blocks available that give the impression that they’ve been weather beaten.

traditional look driveway

Manmade paving

For a contemporary feel, a grey manufactured block that varies in shade can give an elegant ‘granite look’, without you having to pay over the odds.

Whether you choose natural or manufactured block paving, it can be wise to get it fitted by a professional.

There is a great deal of skill involved in laying block paving well and if you try to do it yourself, it could be very time-consuming and the finished driveway mightn’t be fit for purpose.

Gravel driveways are another option

Gravel driveways are common in rural areas but less common in towns and cities. They can be substantially cheaper than other driveway options and there’s lots of choice when it comes to the shape and colour of the gravel you use.

Although they can be quick to install, make sure to order larger ton bags of gravel as small ones won’t go far. Having a bit of excess gravel spare help too, you’ll need to maintain your gravel drive as ruts and holes can develop where your car sits on the drive.

Gravel can also spill out onto the road regularly, so you’ll need to be handy with a brush to keep it on the drive. To minimise any spill, plastic grids shaped like honeycombs can be laid beneath your gravel which help to stabilise it in situ.

Gravel Drive

Think about the bigger picture

Modern Driveway

When you move into a new home, you have a blank canvas so why not get creative and design your driveway and garden to have added character?

You can add new paths and steps, and play around with the levels in your front garden to dramatic effect. Installing some form of lighting that marks out the edges of your driveway can really make a statement.

You could choose solar driveway lights, low voltage lighting or regular electrical current lighting.

Ground lights are the most popular type of lights for driveways, but they will need to be put around the perimeter to prevent damage from driving over them.

Designing an entrance can be fun but don’t be afraid to call in the experts and get their option on what would work best, within your budget constrictions.

They could offer a solution that you’ve not even considered before. 

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