Most homes have concrete driveways because it is a more affordable option. The great thing about concrete is that it is very versatile. You can go crazy creative with it in more ways than one. Here are some cool concrete driveways ideas you can apply to make it a lot better than it already is:
Due to the demand for more affordable concrete repair solutions, decorative concrete was born. For driveways, a concrete contractor can apply an overlay on the existing slab and stamp a design on it. Stamped overlays can mimic bricks, natural stones, tile, pavers, and any other high-end material used for driveways. Another option is a spray knock down finish. This is an acrylic concrete coating that is sprayed onto the concrete surface and then troweled down. This features a unique texture similar to stucco but less intense.
Enhance with Grass
A grass driveway is not highly recommended because it can turn muddy during the wet season. However, a little of it here and there can enhance the aesthetics of the driveway, If you have a driveway surface with gaps in it, it would be a good idea to add some grass in between the pavers, bricks, or stone. You may also add grass on both sides of the driveway like a border.
While outdoor lighting is common for most driveways, where you place the lights can make a big difference. Instead of putting them up as lamp posts, why not install them in-ground? It creates a dramatic effect without blocking the view. If you still prefer the lights to be higher than the ground, put them in knee-level posts. If you have trees along the driveway, hang some lanterns that light up in the evening. It is important to have a professional electrician install these to make sure that it is safe to use in different weather conditions and that it won’t be a fire hazard.
This can be done on both short and long driveways and highly recommended for circular driveways. One such accent is a fountain or any water feature that would fit your space. It could also be a decoratively trimmed bush or hedge, a landscape, or a sculpture. Just make sure that it does not interfere with the driving space and that it does not take too much of the driver’s attention.