25 Aug Increase Curb Appeal With a New Driveway
We were always told not to judge a book by its cover, but it’s true that the front of your home is your first impression. While you may not spend all day staring at it, it’s worth investing in this area. Not only will you improve the value of your home by boosting your curb appeal, you’ll also improve the functionality of your property by creating additional living space. Even if you have no intention of selling, a few well-chosen upgrades at the front of your home will maximize your space while creating a welcoming frontage for family and guests alike.
Here are three ways to up the curb appeal of your property.
Extend or Revamp Your Driveway
You may have considered your driveway as purely functional but it’s one of the most important parts of your home; it’s where you, your family and guests take off or arrive every day. It’s one of the first things noticed by visitors and can be a head turner for those driving by. If it’s time for a driveway upgrade, think about functionality and aesthetics. It’s the perfect opportunity to redesign your space to create more parking and stop the frustrating shuffling of cars, especially when we’re knee deep in snow. As for the look and feel, there are endless options including rustic, modern, European-inspired and traditional pavers. Keep it simple with one colour, or use multiple pavers to create a more intricate design.
Including greenery immediately boosts the curb appeal of your property, softening hard edges and introducing a touch of nature if you’re in an urban environment. Planters draw the eyes to desired focal points and create a clean, tidy finish. Once again, there are as many options as there is imagination. You can add retaining walls, planters or garden beds, and create interest with different heights, levels, and finishes. Consider whether a symmetrical or asymmetrical design will work best with the style of your home. If you don’t have the time or resources to revamp your whole driveway, this can be a quicker, easier way to take the front of your home from drab to designer.
Include a Walkway
A well designed path or walkway is inviting for guests. It guides them to your front door and sets the tone of what can be expected for the rest of your living space. It also serves a practical purpose; it’s a low maintenance way of preventing weeds and will stop mud being trampled into your home during rainy months. You can even extend your walkway around the side of your home to the backyard, a great way to direct guests for outdoor celebrations while creating easy access for outdoor maintenance tasks. Consider choosing a paver which is different but complementary to the rest of your frontage to make the pathway stand out. You can also differentiate your steps from your walkway by using different edging patterns, textures or slabs. This acts as a visual guide and keeps everyone safe on your steps.
Whether it’s the whole driveway, a simple walkway, additional greenery, or even a front patio, there’s no end to the selection of pavers, steps, textures and finishes available to you. If you’d like help finding the right products for the front of your home, contact us and we’d be delighted to advise you.