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They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression and your driveway is one of the first things that visitors see on the way to your front door.

Block Paving Driveways

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Tarmacadam Driveways

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Imprinted Concrete Driveways

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Resin & Aggregate Driveways

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Improve Your Driveway

Often, when new properties are first built, little thought – and even less money – goes into the surfacing products used for driveways. Most will consist of basic black tarmac with a simple border or the cheapest block paving driveways available.

The parking space provided on driveways will often be the bare minimum to satisfy planning regulations and takes little account of the needs of two and three car families, which are the norm today.

As a home owner you have an ideal opportunity to improve the frontage of your property by using more attractive materials in the design of a new driveway. You can add shape and style to what may have been a purely functional straight driveway by adding curves to complement and integrate with your front garden.

You may require additional car parking spaces or a turning area and in planning your new driveway you should consider both the practical and aesthetic aspects.

Patio Areas

The creation of a patio area to the rear of your home will provide a space to sit out in the privacy of your garden.

Patio areas can be complimentary to driveways but different materials can also be used to great effect. A patio area should typically be no more than about a third of your total rear garden area. And hard landscaping should always be the first thing to be completed if you are intending to give your rear garden a total makeover.

Having a conservatory built on your home is an ideal opportunity to include a patio area next to it.  And if your garden drops away from the house or is elevated, you can arrange for retaining walls and steps in matching materials to be constructed at the same time as the conservatory base works.

Driveways - Pattern imprinted concrete patio seating area

Types of Surfacing for Driveways and Patio Areas

The many different types of surfacing for paving driveways and patios include tarmacadamblock pavingpattern imprinted concrete and resin & aggregate surfaces.

As with all types of home improvements these days there seems to be a never ending, and increasing choice of materials available for driveways and patios.

Manufacturers are always looking to widen their product ranges for consumers whilst attempting to make their artificial products more authentic such as concrete surfaces made to look like granite setts or timber boards.

Increasingly, permeable driveways are required to help alleviate the potential problems of flooding and both permeable tarmacadam and permeable block paving are now available

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Front driveways: Make sure you comply with new drainage regulations

It is becoming increasingly important to properly consider drainage requirements for new driveways, especially in light of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) legislation.

The conversion of soft planting areas into impermeable parking surfaces and driveways to the front of properties is now subject to new regulations introduced to reduce the possibility of localised flooding in urban areas.

Driveway Surveyors can help you to design attractive new driveways which also takes account of such practical considerations and avoid potential fines for non-compliance with SUDS legislation.

Whether you are designing a new driveway to the front of your home or a patio area to the rear, an integrated design is required to ensure that the features of the house and surrounding land are sympathetic to each other.

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