Driveway Ideas and Suggestions | Driveway Design Options

If you are lucky enough to have one, a driveway can be very valuable. You can get your car off the street, it is a great space to put heavy objects, such as pots and plants, and if you’re into to DIY – as we imagine you must be to be on this website – then this is where you might do much of your work.

A driveway doesn’t have to be unsightly but can be a really attractive feature of your home. In this project we are trying to give you some inspiration and ideas for your own driveway. There is a huge range of things that you can do, either yourself or by getting a tradesman to assist you, but this should be a good place to start.

We will review a range of driveway solutions and surfaces that you can consider. If you are interested in more information about specific driveway solutions and do want to have a go, follow the links to the relevant projects pages and we will tell you all about how to do it yourself.

Gravel and Dirt Driveway ideas

Find out how you can gravel your own driveway with our gravel driveway project.

Idyllic dirty driveway with gravel and grass; if only we could all have a drive like this!

Track driveway leading to garage

Track driveway leading to garage

Single gravel driveway with a brick edging – having a strong edging stops the gravel getting away and needing a top up quite so often;(see our edging project here to learn how to do it yourself):

Brick edging to gravel driveway

Brick Edging to Gravel Driveway

Loose slate driveway – this might not be ideal for heavy traffic, but it does make an attractive feature driveway, although it can be very expensive:

Loose slate driveway

Loose Slate Driveway

12mm shingle gravel driveway – as it is so easy to get hold of shingle it makes a very popular driveway surface (calculate how much shingle you need with our volume calculator):

12mm shingle driveway

12mm Shingle Driveway

Block and Paved Driveway Ideas

Have a look at our block paving project to see how to pave your driveway yourself.

Block driveway created using granite setts (granite setts are effectively granite blocks that you lay to create your driveway):

Patterned block driveway

Patterned Block Driveway

"Crazy paved" style driveway - these are created using broken paving pieces that you then arrange as you see fit (broken paving can in most cases be purchased from your local builders merchants):

Crazy paved driveway

Crazy Paved Driveway

Herringbone pattern brick paved driveway with a

dropped curb on to the road – this will be a very robust driveway and should last a long time:

Herringbone brick paved drive

Herringbone Brick Paved Drive

Flagstone track and gravel driveway – this is quick and cheap to lay and easy to maintain, but will not sustain heavy traffic:

Track driveway leading to garage

Track Driveway Leading to Garage

Double slab track driveway – Simple but effective and relatively easy to maintain:

Double slab track driveway

Double Slab Track Driveway

Driveway and off street parking created using coloured paving slabs – this makes your driveway feel much more like a patio than a driveway:

Coloured paving slab driveway

Coloured Paving Slab Driveway

This is a coloured brick paved drive for off street parking with a long drain – it gives a lovely cobbled effect:

Brick paved drive made to look like cobbles

Brick Paved Drive Made to Look Like Cobbles

Tarmac and Concrete Driveway Ideas

Example of a new tramac driveway allowing off street parking:

Narrow tarmac driveway

Narrow Tarmac Driveway

Patterned concrete driveway with drain – this is a great way to keep standing water off your driveway, however heavy the downpour:

Patterned concrete drive with drain

Patterned Concrete Drive With Drain

Patterned concrete driveway - these are typically created using coloured concrete with a mould pressed into the surface as the drive is clayed to create the desired pattern. There are various types and styles of mould available:

Patterned concrete

Patterned Concrete

Driveway Care and Maintenance

Driveways are not maintenance free, and they do need to be looked after. It will depend of the surface of the driveway and the conditions that it is exposed to, but after a period of time it will need some of your care and attention. Here are a few things to look out for and some suggestions to improve the life of your driveway:

  1. Kill weeds in the cracks immediately.
  2. Fill cracks that appear as soon as possible before water can get into them
  3. Constant use and heavy vehicles can cause depressions which should be filled
  4. Fill any pot holes
  5. Seal your drive
  6. Apply weed and moss killer where necessary
  7. Use a pressure washer to clean the cracks

Here are some examples of what needs attention:

Tarmac or bitumen driveway beginning to show signs of cracking – these cracks should be filled and sealed:

Aged tarmac driveway showing signs of cracking

Aged Tarmac Driveway Showing Signs of Cracking

Brick driveway with grass growing through – the grass should be removed or killed using weed killer before it disrupts the brick paving:

Brick paved driveway with grass growting through

Brick Paved Driveway With Grass Growing Through

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