For properties with more limited scope, making the most of all available space is a top priority-both inside and out. We take a look at some ingenious driveway ideas for small homes, enabling you to achieve maximum effect, for minimal effort…
Key Considerations For Small Homes
Bigger may be better in America, but here in old blighty, smaller homes make for charmingly cosy conditions. If you think that limited space makes for limited driveway design, then think again.
Forewarned is forearmed, and with a little Home Logic know-how, you can capitalise on these cosy conditions-without compromising functionality in the process.
First things first, decide on your driveway’s purpose. For those in high-density, urban areas, parking’s the top priority. For those in rural locations, durability is the overriding concern.
Another key consideration for small homes is driveway drainage capacity. Poor drainage inevitably leads to slippery surface conditions, which are not only decidedly dangerous, but legally contentious as well.
As of 2008, stricter stipulations came into play, in response to localised flooding. Put simply, the new legislation states that all new and replacement paving and surfacing over five square metres should either be made of permeable materials, or should direct run-off water to a porous area or surface nearby.
Finally, although we hate to admit it, weather definitely plays its part in determining your surfacing solution. For Northern parts of the country, colder conditions are inevitable, making materials that are subject to the freeze/thaw phenomenon best avoided.
These include: tarmac, concrete and, (in some cases), insufficiently sealed surfaces.
Traditional Driveway Ideas For Small Homes
Striving for a driveway that blends in with your existing backdrop? The following solutions enable you to achieve exactly that:
If you find yourself going round and round in circles trying to decide on your driveway’s design, then it could actually be a good thing! No, really! Concentric circles can be easily incorporated into brick and concrete surfaces, to make a bold stylistic statement, without putting a dent in your budget. The mosaic-like effect offered by this option enhances exterior aesthetics (rather than detracting from period features.)
-Porous Pavers: A ‘Living’ Driveway:
Your driveway is a living, breathing entity-quite literally! By opting for a porous material, your driveway will possess a far greater degree of flexibility, preventing puddles from saturating the surface-and bringing an older driveway up-to-date.
For the uninitiated, asphalt may seem an uninspiring choice of material. If this is your perspective, then hopefully the following will inspire you and challenge your initial assumptions!
Not only does asphalt come in a vast array of colours-it can also be stamped to mimic good old-fashioned redbrick as well, providing the aesthetics of bricks, without the prohibitive costs that come with them.
Contemporary Driveway Ideas For Small Homes
Looking to create a contemporary vibe? Check out some of these savvy suggestions that match minimalist aesthetics, with multi-purpose usage:
There’s nothing more satisfying that the crunch of wheels on gravel. Although prone to weeds, gravel offers contemporary appeal, with raked patterns adding to the zen-like ambience of this choice.
If you’re seeking a driveway with quirky flair, crazy paving definitely fits the bill. Ideal for historic homes, crazy paving offers a one-of-a-kind design, transforming a tiny area into a major talking point.
So you’ve dived in, made your driveway decision…and now it’s time to add those final touches. From fuss-free border plants, to edgings with maximum impact, here’s a few shots of inspiration to inject some additional je ne sais quoi:
-Edgings And Borders:
Give your driveway the edge over your neighbours, by investing in edgings and borders. There are a variety of options available, all of which help to create varying levels and contrast, making for a tidier area, that minimises overall maintenance as well.
-Low-Voltage Paver Lights:
Though not such a pressing problem in Summer, in Winter, darker evenings add some dubious difficulties into the mix.
For one thing, a lack of lighting makes it far easier for intruders to tiptoe around your garden unseen. Moreover, in terms of safety, it can be equally challenging as well-especially if you or your family are unsteady on your feet.
To alleviate these concerns, low-voltage paver lights are a viable option. Subtle and effective, they add necessary glow without any unnecessary glare.
Tired of tending your garden? Low maintenance grasses and shrubs provide the perfect alternative, offering visual intrigue and privacy from prying eyes. Sorted!
Desperately seeking driveway ideas for small homes? Want to add a touch of distinction? Resin offers a diverse range of designs-and a diverse range of benefits to match. To get started, request your free site survey today by calling: 0800 1700 636 or by booking online.