Driveways: A commonly overlooked yet eye-catching feature of a home.
The Following is an excerpt from the Book "Patio and Stone" by Tom Wilhite on Driveways on page 203. This excerpt get some good tips and ideas for beginning and thinking through the masonry work involving driveways.Here is the excerpt:
"Driveways Even though they are usually large and highly visible features of a property, driveways are often overlooked as a potential area for improving the look of a home. They're treated as an unfortunate necessity, sometimes too narrow or small, and too often made of stained, cracked cement or asphalt installed when the house was built and never considered again.
There are any number of ways to dress up your driveway. You might have the existing concrete stain or top-coated in a color or finish that compliments your home. Or, you might widen on narrow drive by adding a walkway or a contrasting material like brick or cut stone alarm one or both sides. To add interest, have a center strip cut from your driveway and fill it with a contrasting material, such as small stones or even low-growing Ground Covers, to break up the monotony.
If you'd rather replace your old driveway all together you have even more options. A new concrete Drive is perhaps the simplest alternative, and decorate of effects like seeded aggregate, staining or stamping and tooling can give it a custom look. Cobblestones are a favored material, being highly durable and exceedingly handsome. They also create a somewhat permeable service, allowing water to seep down into the soil rather than running off into the street.
Bricks and concrete pavers are other semipermeable choices, and they can be late and attractive patterns that give visual relief to the large expense. Gravel is another good material for a driveway especially with an attractive stone edging to help it in place. Garden designer Tara Dillard says:" coming home to the sound of tires on gravel or crossing Stones is a joy to the soul. A gravel driveway edge with cobblestones is classic, but don't use gravel larger than 1 to 1 and 1/2 in, or it will make your driveway look commercial." When it comes to adding Stone elements along the edge of a driveway, landscape architect Craig Bergmann makes these points:" if we are using large stones to mark the edge of a driveway, we make sure they are set back at least 12 inches from the pavement Edge so vehicles are less likely to hit them. In cold climates, they must be able to withstand the impact of a snow plow, and they need to be below or well above the average height of a car bumper-- for example, 8 inches or shorter or 12 inches or greater.""
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