Renovating a house? Don’t forget the driveway

Renovating a house? Don’t forget the driveway

With a multitude of TV programmes, magazines, shows and events devoted to the subject it is clear to see that building and renovating houses is still as popular as ever. Events such as The Homebuilding & Renovating Show encapsulate the excitement and creativity involved in taking a shell of a house and turning it into a dream home.

But while much emphasis is placed on the design of the interior, one vital area can often be overlooked. Before anyone steps through your new front door to behold your interior design accomplishments, they will first have approached your home via the driveway. And what better way to create the best first impression of your dream home than by installing a gravel driveway that really wows them?

Here we explain why the path to your front door should always be taken into account when renovating a house.

First impressions count

Factoring a new gravel driveway into your budget is a surefire way of creating a great first impression of your newly renovated home. Family and friends eager to see what your hard work and hard-earned money has achieved will be wowed from the very first moment they arrive at your property.

An existing driveway that has aged and not been maintained will likely feature stains, cracks, potholes, water damage or other signs of deterioration, which if left will make the entrance to your home less than inviting.

On a purely practical note, not budgeting to install a new gravel driveway as part of your renovations, means either risking mud and other detritus from the building work being trodden into your pristine interior and/or the hazards of trips and falls caused by an old and unstable driveway surface.

Creating kerb appeal

The way a property looks from the street, its kerb appeal, can be the deal maker or deal breaker when it comes to selling it. Given that it takes potential buyers no more than eight seconds to decide whether or not they like a house, your chances of selling your newly renovated property are vastly improved by its exterior features. These include the gardens, fencing, gates, windows, front door and the driveway.

If you are renovating a property to sell it on, then factoring in a new driveway to your renovation budget is crucial. Creating a stunning approach to your property can also add between 5 and 10% to the value of your property, so it is a worthwhile investment to make.

Choosing a driveway surface finish

As with the interior renovations, choosing the right finish for your new driveway is key to creating the visual design you have in mind for your property. Are you looking for a finish that blends in with and complements the interior design, creating a seamless flow between the outdoor and the indoor spaces? Or do you want to create a contrast, a juxtaposition between the old and the new, or make a bold statement with the approach to your property?

Whatever effect you are wanting to achieve, gravel offers perhaps the widest range of options when it comes to choosing a surface finish for your new driveway. Gravel comes in so many colours and sizes that you are certain to find one or a combination that creates the external design you desire. Synonymous with luxury homes, a gravel driveway’s softer, textured finish will also enhance your property, unlike more industrialised or commercial-looking finishes that may detract from it.

When it comes to renovating a property there are a multitude of factors to take into account, all of which will be vying for a share of the available budget. While it may be tempting to leave the exterior of your property out of the equation altogether, the benefits of allocating some of your budget to a new driveway will certainly bring dividends in the long run.

Achieve the perfect gravel driveway with the Beauxfort Gravelrings system. Check out our website www.beauxfort.com for more information about the Beauxfort landscape systems, design inspiration and to request a free sample, or talk to our friendly team about your project by contacting us on 0330 055 2599 or info@beauxfort.com.