A good driveway makes a great impression. It’s the simple elements like parking spaces, a turning bay and an even surface for the kids to ride their scooters on that make a good driveway great. Thanks to Wellington’s unique terrain, you’ll find driveways come in a myriad of shapes and sizes here. Whether your goal is to simply have a smooth surface to drive up (without having to switch to 4WD) or a statement driveway to compliment your architecture, we’ll be covering the driveway basics for your consideration in today’s blog.
Determining the budget: what’s involved?
Incline and length
All good projects start with a budget. The length and incline of your driveway will be the most important factors in determining how much your new driveway will cost. After considering the costs involved with the size, incline and installation of your driveway, you’ll be free to move on to the more ‘fun’ side of things: the materials, layout and surrounding landscaping.
One of our favourite driveway styles is the exposed aggregate driveway, which adds some gorgeous texture and colour to an otherwise plain area of concrete. Exposed aggregate is an excellent option for hilly properties, as it’ll give your tyres some much-needed traction as you drive up and down your driveway on a rainy day.
You also have the option of framing sections of your driveway with bricks or outdoor tiles for an interesting and aesthetically pleasing pop of colour. Framing sections of your driveway is a great idea for segregating spaces such as entrance ways or parking areas for visitors.
While you might have to stick to a more simple and affordable material to accommodate a lengthy driveway, you’ve always got the option of getting creative around the top and bottom sections of your driveway with a few ornamental gardens.
Ask yourself the following questions:
Will boats and caravans need to be towed up and down your driveway?
Do you drive a truck or heavy vehicle, or do you plan to purchase one in the future?
If the answer to either of the above questions is ‘yes’, your driveway is going to need to be built for heavy lifting! Be sure to let your professional driveway installation team know if you’ll be driving heavy vehicles or shifting heavy boats/caravans up and down your driveway so that they can take the necessary measures to reinforce your driveway and ready it for heavy loads.
You’ll also need to consider stormwater drainage when having a driveway installed on a steep hill – where will all the water go when it rains? Will your driveway be dumping water into your neighbor’s properties, and what precautions can your driveway installation team take to ensure this doesn’t happen? It’s best to always think long term when considering your driveway.
No DIY and no cowboys
We love our cool little Capital, but sometimes the elements don’t play fair here in Wellington. With the occasional tremor in the ground and our famously intense winds and ‘sideways rain’, your driveway ought to be installed by an expert in order to stand a chance here. By investing in a professional and thorough install, you’ll save yourself a messy (and bumpy) driveway situation down the line.