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How to Customize Your Driveway

For many homes, driveways remain more functional than stylish. However, you can customize your surface without much effort, creating a unique place to park your vehicles.

Lighting

Yards become deceptively dark at night, especially in winter when the days shorten. Not only does that make it harder to find your way to the front door, but it could leave you vulnerable.

A few walkway lights not only brighten your exterior spaces, but it creates a safer walking path for you and sidewalk pedestrians. It doesn’t hurt that your curb appeal improves as well.

Automated Gate

Although some entry gates are too elaborate for some subdivisions, there are other examples which suit any property. Having an automated gate doesn’t just improve your driveway’s appearances, but it enhances your house’s security as well.

Some systems rely on a remote similar to your garage, while others require a pin to get in. However, having a secondary barrier between your property and the outside is always a welcomed addition.

Material Choices

After a while, seeing the same flat, gray surface on every home gets boring. However, driveways can get created from several different materials, offering you straightforward ways to customize yours.

Try loose decorative gravel for a more rustic appearance, or paved asphalt for maintenance-free parking. Pavers can add elegance to your entry, while stained concrete looks excellent as well.

Parking Canopy

Some days, you run in and out of your home with dozens of errands to accomplish, leaving your car exposed to the sun. Other households have more than one vehicle parked outdoors.

An overhead canopy helps shield cars from the sun, as well as rain and other elements. Their low-profile design makes them easy to blend in, and you often have many choices for colors and dimensions.

Planning A Paver Project

As with any home improvement project, planning is your best friend. It takes some time and teamwork with your significant other to effectively plan your home life but then throw on top of that a long awaited project and it can mean chaos. You’ve got your career, children and their schooling and activities, the dog, and all the day to day activities, and you’ve gotten yourself into one fine mess! Well, we’re here to tell you that you’d better get ready for some planning for a paver project and look at the entire scope, future plans and possible things underground that can be areas of concern going forward.

Well, now back to the planning part. A paver installation project is an interesting home project because there as so many other factors that need to be considered because they go hand in hand with pavers.  Paver installation, service, repair or removal ALL intertwine with potentially costly other areas of your home that need your full attention before you embark on this type of project.

For example, when laying pavers, stone, concrete, brick or any other type of surface material, the entire home area must be considered. The paver or material you decide to use will cover the ground and what is under ground. Well, for starters, your entire sprinkler system lies under the ground. You sure don’t want to have to remove those freshly laid pavers, when you find out you forgot to address the sprinklers, a leak or their removal.

What else. Well in most areas, your natural gas lines are under ground and need to be located and accounted for before you begin any type of land covering project like this. This is a common mistake all homeowners make when planning a home paver project.

What else can go wrong? How bout your home lighting in the backyard? Many of the older type of lights in backyards have electric lines and wires underground and these need to be accounted for as well.

There are others that we won’t go into now, but you can see how covering an area of your land, can have severe consequences if you don’t plan ahead and account for potential disasters.

Where The Experts Are

Surface projects and paver installation requires its own collection of experts to help in the process. From determining what surface to use, where to put the material, how much to spend and who to select to oversee and complete the work is a difficult process for anyone.

Fortunately, there are many online resources to fall back on when doing your preliminary research and looking into what will work best for the answers to all those daunting questions above.

For starters, get your notepad and pen out (or your trusty iPhone) and get ready to take notes.  The first, and obvious place to begin, is Home Depot. Home Depot is a giant in the home improvement world and is a great first resource to get your feet wt and learn about all the options available for home paver projects.

A second resource is Floors & Decor. This is a growing chain but they have knowledgeable help on site and the options to get help with your project just like Home Depot.

These are both very solid educational resources to begin your quest and start asking questions and shopping pricing. As I mentioned earlier, both of these chains have on-site personnel to assist you in selecting the hard materials you’ll need to finish the project and avoid any potential pitfalls as well.

Lowe’s is also another top place to consider looking into when planning any project or improvement of any kind. They are located throughout the United States and have similar resources to Home Depot and Floors & Decor.

Regardless of which home improvement chain you select, they are all very similar and offer great services. You can also check online for buying materials in bulk and check their delivery fees. The most important thing you can do is shop around and don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions.

You will learn the ins and outs of each project and be better prepared each and every time you go out to tackle one head on.

Best of luck!