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10 Driveway Ideas to Boost Any Home's Kerb Appeal

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Great driveway ideas can elevate any home's kerb appeal, but ensuring you have chosen the right material for your driveway is equally as important as aesthetics. 

Whether you're planning a new driveway for a self build – where planning permission frequently requires off-road parking – or updating an existing one, take a look below at some beautiful ideas for designing a striking approach to a home. 

Looking for more? Our complete guide to choosing the right material for driveways is full of information, expert advice and in-depth detail into each driveway type. 

Simple Driveway Ideas for a Family Home

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Permeable block pavers were chosen to create the new driveway for this new self build family home. Spanning the full width of the house, the driveway can hold many cars while blending seamlessly into the suburban setting. 

A Large Driveway for Home and Work

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A large portion of this home's plot was dedicated to the driveway as the homeowner utilises the top floor of the garage (right of shot) for her business. 

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When clients visit, there is plenty of room without blocking the home, while the resin bound surface gives a sleek, traditional appearance to match the home. 

Choose Driveway Ideas that Complement the House

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When converting this barn in Cornwall to become a holiday let, a new gravel driveway was installed using the same coloured local stone as the granite external walls. When paired with the soft hue of the new windows and doors the rural finish is utterly welcoming for guests. 

A similar approach works extremely well for period, country or traditional-style homes, especially when the mirroring strip of grass brings a spark of nature to the setting. 

Add a Turning Circle for Busy Households

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If the space can be found, turning circles are inherently useful things when designing a new driveway. Even small ones can be a practical addition and they can be a simple as a grassy mound for drivers to navigate around. 

Or Install a Mechanical Turntable

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For narrow driveways which can't offer a convenient place to turn around, turntables are an incredible invention. Drivers simply park on the circle and either a motorised or manual turntable, which can be matched to any style of driveway, turns the car 180º so they can be simply driven off without a second thought. 

With space at a premium in the current market and roads getting every busier for backing-out onto, turntables are an ingenious innovation. 

A Driveway for an Accessible Home

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When designing their self-built lifetime home, the homeowners opted to add various solutions to their plans that could make life easier as they grew older. 

This included a low-maintenance permeable tarmac driveway up their sloping site. Under the cantilevered box that houses the living spaces, a carport access either the sheltered staircase or the internal lift. 

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Landscaping Around a Practical Driveway

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While this driveway is compact, the homeowners found a place to add a raised bed to plant shrubbery and a new tree while to the left hedges demarcate their plot from their neighbour's. 

Adding greenery like this in a front garden design is essential for modern housing where front gardens are disappearing — plus, they can be used to hide a soakaway to reduce the risk of surface water. 

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Consider Security When Designing a Driveway 

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Security is an essential part of home design and a well-planned driveway certainly plays a part. 

Noisy materials like gravel or tumbled stone are useful in alerting residents of unwanted guests while outdoor wall lights with sensors are great for deterring intruders from afar. 

Here, large automatic yet traditionally-styled gates ensures a safe perimeter arounds the property, while enhancing the aesthetics of the approach to the house.

Get Creative Where Space is Tight

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Although compact, this driveway maxmises space by utilising the space under the cantilever to create a small carport (using resin-bound gravel). 

Careful consideration was made so the homeowner can either go directly to the back garden through the gate, or use the shallow, accessible ramp to the front entrance, hidden by delicate evergreen shrubbery to bring colour to the otherwise monochromatic homes. 

Utilising an Extension in Driveway Ideas

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When building their wrap around extension, the homeowners of this remodelled estate house needed to underpin the single-storey section. There was already a small open section which the original builder hadn't fully filled so they took the decision to create a new basement garage. 

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.