The fall season is an exciting time. It’s generally a period for celebrating holidays and planning get-togethers with friends and family. Although things are a little different this year, with social distancing and COVID concerns, many people are still planning to make the most of the season – despite these uncertain times.
Whether you’re hosting guests or decorating for the holidays, you need a large and inviting driveway to do it. Even if you’re maintaining social distance and staying in place this fall, this time of year presents a fantastic opportunity to spruce up your driveway and give it some much-needed attention.
How do you spruce up your driveway? How can you take your driveway from boring to awe-inspiring on a budget?
Let’s look at some of the top tips and advice for sprucing up your driveway this fall.
Clean and Repair It
If it’s been a while since your driveway has been cleaned, then a quick power wash could be the most cost-effective way to fancy it up. Beyond that, if your driveway has any noticeable cracks or gaps, take the time to repair them. Sometimes, the most excellent way to spruce up your driveway is to simply give it a little TLC.
Try Unconventional Materials
If you don’t already have a driveway or if you’re bored with the standard concrete slabs, you might be wondering what other alternatives are out there. Thankfully, there are tons of amazing, cost-effective options for creating driveways. Some of the top choices include:
- gravel driveway
- a driveway made from paving stones
- a cedar chip driveway
- a cobbled stone or brick driveway
These four options are cost-effective and interesting alternatives to the standard concrete driveway.
If you want to add some charm and function to your driveway, consider adding some new light fixtures. You can go simple with a couple of lantern-style lights or go all the way with LED lights that line the driveway on either side. You can get really creative with lighting design because there are virtually limitless options in colors and fixtures.
A little landscaping can make a substantial impact on improving the look and feel of your driveway. Simply adding some flowers along the side, planting some grass, or adding aesthetically appealing bushes to your driveway can instantly make it more attractive. To really highlight your driveway with your landscaping, consider planting trees along the sides of the driveway and edging the driveway so that the driveway is clearly defined.
Add A Gate
Consider adding a gate to make your home and driveway feel instantaneously more distinguished. A gated driveway adds a level of luxury to any home. Beyond that, it can make your home feel safer and more secure.
Focus on Small Features
The small details can make the most significant difference. Spend some time focusing on the little details with your driveway. Spruce up your garden fence. Polish the concrete or consider adding a stain to the concrete. Re-do the address numbers and add an exciting mailbox. The small details along your driveway can help bring the look of your driveway together and make it stand out amongst the rest.
Spruce Up the House, Too
Spend some time focusing on the details right behind and beside the driveway. Repaint the garage door, install new white board and batten siding, get new patio furniture, and clean and polish the walkway. If the house behind the driveway looks rough, then visitors and passersby won’t be able to notice all the work you’ve done on the driveway.
Spruce Up Your Driveway This Season
Whether your planning on hosting guests this fall or using this time to finish those home projects you’ve been putting off – now is a fantastic time to re-do and spruce up your home’s driveway.
Use these tips and tricks to spruce up your driveway this season. As you can see, a little investment can go a long way towards boosting the look of your driveway.
Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.