Driveway design goes a long way to making a drive- but if you got stuck with something less than perfect, there’s a lot you can do to upgrade it without making the driveway cost too steep.
Why should I worry about driveway design?
Driveway design is a very neglected aspect of home design in general, with people writing them off as purely functional and forgetting that it’s also the very first thing that greet visitors to your home. A well designed driveway is a literal asset to the property, and if it’s made to integrate with your overall design well, it can even add value to the house.
What can I consider?
If you want to add a truly luxurious touch t your property, a circular driveway is always a hit. Reminiscent of old-world manor, it adds a touch of luxury with the function. It makes it easy to get in and out of the property without having to use reverse gear. It’s also physically imposing and impressive. Gravel can lend a similar upper class feeling, with the lovely crunch beneath the tyres lending an opulent feel while still being pretty cost effective if you use something like pea shingle. However, remember that these drives to need maintaining. The gravel will need to be supplemented every now and again and the surface raked to prevent loss of gravel.
What about concrete driveways?
One of the simplest as far as maintenance goes, concrete driveways can be a great driveway design. They aren’t really exciting, though, and you may want to spend some time plotting out a schematic that includes detailing, blocks or other breaks to the look, or add curves for pleasing visual effect. You can always consider blending it with a grass path down the middle. This saves a lot of construction material for any driveway, bringing the cost down. It will need to be a hardy grass, and of course will need mowing, but it can be a very worthy look. More details in this post: http://www.landscaping-lorton-alexandria.com/landscaping-driveways-an-introduction-to-design-considerations/
Another pleasant driveway design, particularly if you are fighting with unattractive broad driveways, is to use geometrics to add interest to the surface. Zig Zags, stripes, diagonals and more can all be attractive. Block paved driveways add a similar feel and are pretty easy to maintain. The bricks can also be lifted out easily if you need to do underground maintenance, clip roots or replace stained areas. It’s pretty easy to create individual style in both the layout and range of colours and sizes.
Lastly, don’t forget that a well-planned planting at the side of your driveway will do a lot to enhance the look of the drive overall, even if you aren’t in a position to do a whole new driveway design. Likewise, a new set of gates that properly blend with the overall architecture of the house will do a lot to enhance a dull driveway and make it more visually appealing.
There’s a lot you can do- from proper driveway design from the start, to enhancing features later- to make your driveway more attractive.