Having great curb appeal is one of the most important ways to contribute to your home’s overall value.
It makes sense, right? You wouldn’t spend weeks preparing for that important job interview, then roll out of bed and head there without brushing your teeth or changing out of your pajamas.
Curb appeal matters. There’s no denying it.
So you’ve added shutters, planted new flower boxes–but what about the driveway? What can you do to make that big slab of concrete yet another beautiful part of your home?
Here are some of our favorite driveway ideas for improving your home’s curb appeal.
1. Add a Border
Your driveway should serve as the grand entrance to your home–we don’t know about you, but a plain, slightly worn-in concrete drive doesn’t seem all that grand.
Adding a border to the edges of your driveway is an awesome move if you’re looking to boost curb appeal and amp up your entire yard game. Establishing a clear, intentional transition between your property’s paved and unpaved surfaces draws attention to all your careful landscaping and gives the whole yard a polished feel.
Consider planting a low-trimmed hedge that’ll line the path of your drive, or adding a long garden of flowers filled in with pebbles. Maybe you’re looking for a super-private pathway to your home, and some small trees or large shrubs would do the best job for what you’re after.
If you’re looking for more of an all-seasons border option for your driveway, think about lining the pavement with a small brick or flagstone retaining wall that transitions the driveway to the road.
Whatever border you decide to add to your drive, it’s sure to add some “Oooh”s and “Aaaah”s from potential buyers.
2. Keep it Clean
This tip may seem like a no-brainer, but general upkeep is an often-overlooked aspect of owning and maintaining a driveway.
Many drives start to look run-down after a few years, even though they haven’t sustained any real cracking or distortion otherwise. If you consider the fact that they spend every day directly exposed to all of nature’s elements, this makes sense–but your driveway doesn’t have to look so worn out.
You should plan to power wash your paved driveway each spring to keep the stone looking bright and new. This will allow you to remove much of the build-up staining and debris, and give your driveway a fresh look for spring.
Your driveway is one of the very first parts of your home guests and potential buyers will encounter. Keeping the driveway hosed down and neatly swept is a great and simple way to increase the general curb appeal of your home.
3. Break it Up
No, we’re not saying you should run to the garage and dig out your old sledgehammer. Sorry.
If your driveway has seen better days, sealing cracks with a trusty wet look concrete sealer is a great and easy fix. But if your driveway’s surface seems like it’s beyond repair, consider tearing out your current drive and replacing it with a driveway made of pavers or big, broken-up slabs of concrete.
Most driveways you encounter on a daily basis are plain, flat slabs of concrete that you forget about before you’ve even pulled all the way out. Consider the impact on your curb appeal if you were to take a bolder route; installing a driveway made of tiny pavers or large blocks of concrete broken up and grouted with moss or brightly-colored pebbles!
Using unique materials can play a huge part in highlighting what a careful and thoughtful job you’ve done with your home’s landscaping. Mimicking the shape of your driveway with unique stone pavers or using concrete blocks to draw visitors into your home is the perfect way to create visual interest and boost curb appeal.
4. Shed Some Light
If you’ve ever online shopped for houses, you know no buyer can ever resist the grand exterior shot with golden lights filling the home’s windows and lining its driveway.
Adding light in the form of posts, tiny fairy lights in bushes, or small solar-powered lamps along your driveway is a great way to make the driveway seem more inviting and purposeful.
Match your driveway lighting fixtures with other outdoor lights, like those illuminating the garage doors or front porch.
This driveway accent also serves another purpose in addition to amping up curb appeal: safety. If you’ve already sunk time and money into adding that great border to your driveway, chances are, you don’t want anyone backing over it.
You certainly don’t want visitors to mistake the road for an extension of your driveway. Adding strategically-placed lighting to the length of your driveway can work as a great safety feature.
5. Improve its Endpoint
One of our favorite tips for improving curb appeal with your driveway isn’t exactly about the driveway…
Your home’s drive serves to carry visitors from the road to–well, to the garage doors, right?
If your gorgeously landscaped driveway leads to a boring sort of garage door, chances are, it’s going to feel a little anticlimactic. Remember, your whole goal with improving your home’s curb appeal is to draw people from the road into the house; so the endpoint of your home’s driveway shouldn’t be a bummer, right?!
A sad-looking garage door is enough to overrule all your hard work in landscaping your home’s exterior. If you’re on a tight budget, consider giving your garage door a fresh coat of paint specifically designed to work with surfaces like it. If you’ve got a bit more wiggle-room in your wallet, look into investing in a really unique solid-wood garage door to match your home’s front door.
You take good care of your home, right? Make sure your driveway proves this from start to finish!
Want More Driveway Ideas?
Now that you’ve seen the light on all your driveway’s untapped potential, we wouldn’t be surprised if you’re eager for more awesome driveway ideas.
For more on driveways, curb appeal, and other ways you can improve your home, check out our other blog posts!