Your home is probably the biggest single investment that you will ever make and, of course, it is the place where you spend most of your time. Improving the home is on most people’s agenda and with that in mind, here are a few ways that you can add elegance and charm to the exterior of your property.
- Resurface the driveway – Of course, the driveway is a central feature of any home and regardless of what type you currently have, there is always room for improvement. Resin aggregate is one popular choice, while block paving has much to offer, then there is concrete, which comes in any colour. If you have an asphalt driveway and weeds are beginning to show through in some places, call in a local contractor and ask them to quote for resurfacing.
- Post fencing – You might already have this style of fencing, which is ideal for a rural property; check out composite rural fencing that is both durable and attractive; enjoy the look of wood with a maintenance-free material. If you keep animals, composite fencing is ideal, as it will not harm livestock or pets. Take the 4×4 fence posts as an example; once set in concrete, your anchor posts are as solid as can be and they will not tarnish or lose the timber appearance and when the fence is complete, it looks traditional with dowel posts in all the right places.
- Automated gating – Talk to a custom gate supplier about potential designs for a made-to-measure electric gate; there are so many designs and you can choose something that blends well with the new rural fencing. The electric motor can be concealed below ground and you can choose a combination of timber and steel, while the gating will be made to fit your entrance – sliding or side openings are available. Here are a few tips on choosing dining room furniture.
- Trees, shrubs and flowers – A nice line of small, green conifers in front of the fencing is a nice touch; if you’re unsure about trees, flora and fauna, talk to a local landscape gardener and he can draw up a plan to brighten up your exterior. Conifers provide screening and act as a wind-breaker and when shaped correctly, add character to any setting.
- Water feature – This could be a fountain in the centre of the driveway or in the middle of your lawn; there are exterior water walls that provide a soothing sound of running water, with LED lighting in the background. If you don’t have a fishpond, why not design a small stream and a rockery that is part of the pond area? You can get very creative with water features and professional help is advised if you are not a DIY wizard.
We hope that the above ideas strike a chord with you and now is the perfect time to start planning another home improvement project, one that will add comfort and value to your home. Plan the project carefully and calculate the cost, then you can select a date when the work can begin.