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Transform your home’s exterior by installing a stunning driveway. Sofia Delgado looks into the options available for your scheme

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The Black House by AR Design Studio features a gravel driveway. This creates an impressive contrast with the property’s black claing that’s in keeping with its Kent surroundings

There’s more to designing a driveway than simply creating a space to keep your car. Whether your garage is at the front or the back of your property, the overall look of this element can have a dramatic effect on your home’s kerb appeal.

There are a variety of materials to choose from depending on your finances, aesthetics and lifestyle needs. Gravel is the most budget friendly option, costing from £4 per m2, plus it’s permeable and easy to lay – meaning you won’t need to design and dig drainage for your surface. For asphalt finishes you can expect to pay around the £20 mark per m2 – it’s recommended you install at least two coatings of tarmac to avoid future cracking.

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In the May edition of Build It magazine, you'll find a wealth of inspiration and advice for your self-build, renovation or extension project, including: - Cover house: A traditional-style new home on a garden plot (p20) - Kitchen design ideas (p72) - Does solar battery storage make sense? (p74) - Driveway design ideas (p80) - Complete guide to loft conversions (p 84) - Modern glazed extensions (p98) - How to keep your project on budget (p110)
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