More often than not, you’ll tend to put all your decorating and design focus inside your house, or in the back garden. However, your driveway is the only area of your home that most people will see, and the first thing that your visitors and guests will experience when they come over. Therefore, your driveway needs just as much love and attention as the rest of your abode, particularly if considering selling and moving in the future. The following are some ideas to take into consideration if you’ve decided to spruce up where you approach your house from.
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The Decorative Things
Treat your front garden or driveway as you would your back garden. The beauty of an extra outside space is that you can invest in decorative flowers and foliage, that will add natural charm to the front of your building. You can take a look at the best plants for your drive here before taking a trip to the garden centre. Hanging baskets, window boxes, and plant pots in various sizes are great ways to introduce your plant life to your parking area (and Alan Titchmarsh would be proud).
Make an effort to regularly mow any lawn area that might be out the front also, which will neaten the look of any property. Hedgerows and fence are also areas that can be forgotten and neglected; these can give a messy and unloved feeling to a house, so invest in the time to maintain them. If you’re feeling really fancy, consider a water feature or some garden ornaments on your lawn; you don’t have to go full Hyacinth Bucket, but the odd tongue-in-cheek gnome will make your kids and neighbours smile.
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The Functional Stuff
Any parking areas, or pathways, should also be looked at to see if they need updating; there’s no point investing time and effort into the greenery on your drive if you plants have to sit on an out-of-date and unsightly surface. So, even if you’re not planning on moving, and you’re going to make-do and mend, it’s a smart idea to invest in quality paving and tarmacking, that will last you and your family for the years ahead. A freshly tarmacked driveway will always help to rejuvenate a property and will give it a new lease of life. You’ll also avoid the dangers that come with broken and wobbly paving slabs, and there’ll be less grazed knees from old, loose grit.
If your driveway has a walled lawn area, a fence and gate, or any kind of barrier that separates it from the street, it’s essential that they are kept in good functioning order, so that they can do their job and won’t pose any risk to your family and others. Check out these Home Driveway Safety Tips for some ideas on where to focus your attention. Kids love to walk along the tops of walls, so a few missing bricks could be more dangerous than you’d think; replacing and repairing your functional areas will not only eliminate danger to your family, but it will enhance your home’s curb appeal straight away.
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