Whether you have owned the same house for years or are a first-time homeowner, there are options to enhance the look and feel of the driveway and surrounding area. Utilizing decorative stone, being creative with gardening, and installing heating devices are just some of the ways to add some bling.
Create a Durable Surface
A gravel entrance can be a bit boring, and the small rocks can be hazardous to mowers and snow blowers. Consider designing a long-lasting surface constructed with stone or brick. The color options are plentiful and are able to be arranged in the pattern of your choice. An extra layer of protection can be applied in the form of a cement paver sealer. A fast-drying solution is the easiest to work with and is usually ready to be driven upon the next day. Some advantages of sealing the stonework include protection from the sun, easy spill cleanup, and a luxurious ‘wet’ look that shines.
Accent With Green
You don’t have to have a green thumb to add plants or shrubs to the perimeter of the drive. Lining the sides with soil and hardy greenery can solidify the border and prevent erosion thanks to good root growth. Hummingbirds and other wildlife will be attracted with strategically placed blooms as well. If you have an eye toward the future and some patience, plant decorative shrubs or trees. Within a few years, these installations can produce a tunnel effect on the path to the garage.
Bring the Heat
For those living in northern climates, it may be a good idea to investigate the perks of a radiant heating system. Although the cost is slightly high, the heat will prevent ice buildup and ensure traction for vehicles and people. Other benefits to a heated driveway are the absence of harsh chemicals used in de-icers and that a heating structure can raise the overall value of your property.