Thinking of installing a decorative driveway?
The typical American homeowner spends $60,000 on renovations when they remodel. Unfortunately, it’s usually spent on the kitchen or the bathroom. They’re the most popular renovations.
That’s unfortunate since the homeowner and their family are often the only people who see the finished product. We say if you’re going to renovate, let the whole neighborhood in on it. Remodel your driveway, so you can make everyone happy if not a little envious.
Read on to discover the best ideas for improving your driveway in 2019.
1. Grass-Jointed Design
If your front yard is lush, a grass-jointed design may be just what the doctor ordered. These designs hinge on maintaining healthy grass. If you can’t manage a healthy lawn, this probably isn’t your best choice.
If you can, however, this is the simplest and often the least expensive way to go. The only factors are the asphalt resurfacing costs and a few bags of grass seed or turf. The choice is yours.
You start with decorative blocks of concrete in different shapes and sizes. You leave about 8 inches between each block and its neighbor. Then you fill in the gaps with grass seed or turf.
Then you add water and let it grow. Voila! You have a driveway that’s the perfect blend of nature and art.
2. Country Classic
If you live in rural America, this might be just what you need. Think Downton Abbey for modern times. These driveway makeovers are great fits for those of you who want a permeable landscape with a touch of elegance.
You start by removing all the concrete from your front drive. Then you install a layer of crushed granite and 6 inches, of course, decorative stone. Most people choose solid white, though you may always change things up with another solid color
You could even go with stripes!
3. Carriage Overhang
Large houses often used to include an overhang for guests arriving in carriages. Their purpose was to ensure guests wouldn’t get soaked when walking from carriage to house. Nowadays they’re more for aesthetics than anything else.
And boy are they appealing. This is one of the driveway improvements that’ll give your neighbors something to goggle at.
4. Stone Tiles
Stone and brick are historically the most common material used for driveways. At least they were before Ford invented the Model T. It wasn’t until 1870 that Edmund J. DeSmedt created asphalt.
If you want to step back in time to a more elegant era, the stone is the way to go. Each stone can be shaped to your liking, though rectangular pieces are the most common. You can also choose any color or type of stone.
Though the installation costs for labor are often astronomical, the results are well worth it. It’s one of the most sophisticated driveway landscapes you can create. It’s also permeable and made with natural materials that won’t damage your lawn.
Cobbles are historically small, rectangular stones that are red in nature. Nowadays, homeowners often substitute bricks for cobbles to create a less expensive alternative. Either will make your driveway look like it’s fit for a king… or at least a good lawn party.
Install Your Decorative Driveway Today
Well, you have five new decorative driveway ideas. Will you pick one of the above? Or did the avalanche of new ideas get your wheels turning, and you came up with another new idea?
In either case, use your momentum to take action. What is the next step you need to finish to get a new driveway? If it’s something you can accomplish right now, do it.
It’ll ensure your impressive driveway gets finished, and you’ll be happier for it.
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