If there is one key component of your curb appeal, your driveway is undoubtedly it. The driveway is the literal pathway to the home, and if you are either looking to update your driveway, or you don’t have one and you are looking for the best approaches, let’s show you some of the key factors to consider when upgrading your driveway.
Key factors to consider when upgrading your driveway
The Right Materials
From exposed aggregate to gravel and interlocking bricks, or other types of concrete, you need to find a suitable material based on the aesthetics and budget. It’s also important to factor in your local climate because this can have a major effect and cause cracks as asphalt driveways attempt to release tension during hot weather. If temperatures fall quickly, this cracking can be even more severe, and if water gets in and freezes this causes even more problems.
The Size and Layout
A very simple thing but make sure that you can determine the appropriate layout of the driveway based on the space you have and the vehicles you need to accommodate. If you are parking two cars the driveway should be at least 20 feet wide with a single-car driveway being at least 10 feet wide. If you are planning on parking other vehicles like a boat or an RV/campervan, naturally the size considerations will increase.
On top of this, you should consider how the driveway design will complement the overall aesthetics of the home. Finding those patterns that match your landscaping and architectural style will mean there is no mismatch in the overall feel of the exterior of the property, not just the driveway.
Assessing the Drainage
Prior to building any driveway, you have to determine how suitable that land is. If there’s issues with the land you will need to inspect land blueprints and or understand the boundaries prior to building. When building you need to plan for effective drainage solutions, such as slopes or unique drainage systems, this will make for a far less stressful building process.
Considering Additional Features
A driveway is for many people only one piece of the puzzle. You need to complement the overall aesthetics and architecture of the exteriors and this is where additional features like decorative borders or even simple lighting can make a massive impact on the overall look and feel of your driveway. You want it to be a welcoming part of your home and these little components could be the icing on the cake.
The Building Practicalities
If you are looking for a quick turnaround you need to get an understanding of the timeline of the project from beginning to end. There could be a number of disruptions during the construction process but you also need to think about the bigger picture, especially if it’s going to cause any issues with your neighbours. For example, if you are planning on creating an intricate driveway that might cause access issues for your neighbours this is one thing, but also if it doesn’t align with the aesthetics of your neighbourhood, this is another thing to bear in mind.
When it comes to upgrading or installing a driveway, considering some of these factors will make a massive impact that enhances your property and adds value to your home.