2. Rethink the look of the driveway
Most driveways are made of bland concrete or asphalt. Here in the Northwest, exposed aggregate is the choice for builder-spec homes. But a change in material can turn a driveway from a featureless expanse into something with character and visual appeal.


For an inexpensive quick fix, edge the driveway with a band of brick, concrete pavers, or stamped concrete. You can also use these materials on walkways to tie hardscaping elements together. For a more dramatic change, upgrade the entire driveway. Concrete pavers come in a multitude of sizes, shapes, and colors and can be used to create all kinds of interesting patterns. If pavers aren't in the budget, consider colored, cast-in-place concrete with a pattern scored into the surface. Stick with darker colors, which recede and don't show tire marks or oil drips as much.

You can also make changes to the shape of the driveway to combat the cookie-cutter look. If there's room to add a curve or a turnaround area in front of the entry, then the driveway becomes part of the house's architecture and can double as a courtyard, making it seem less utilitarian and more charming. Even when there isn't enough room to adjust the shape, offsetting the approach just a bit to one side will put planting areas in the line of sight to the garage, reducing its dominance from the street.

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