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.