Suburban driveways are often constraint to the parameters of the property – when you live on a street you may have particular boundaries so as not to intrude on the properties of your neighbors. This means that while decorating and customizing your exterior is possible (you may install a porch or carport, for instance), you work within realistic boundaries.
Rural properties are not always confined to such rules, and in some ways that can be both better and worse. Better, because you may have more space to enact your plan and more privacy away from other houses, worse, because you may not have the usual infrastructure you can rely on, such as a publicly-maintained road, defined borders, or “formal” places to park outside of choosing the area you which to leave your car.
As such, sprucing up a rural driveway is not just about improving the property, but potentially designing it in the first place. With that in mind, let’s consider some tips to get started along that road:
Consider Circle Driveways With Middle Features
If you have the space to justify it, a circle driveway can be an incredible means of adding good “traffic flow” to your space. In rural areas, this might be more possible than in suburban spaces. You can also use center features to create that circle, such as a water fountain people can drive around.
This way, a one-way lane with a range of parking spots remains open, adding to the logic of where and how people should park or drop off at your household. This way, everyone parked will always be able to find space to pull out and drive off.
Implement A New Treeline
A simple treeline can spruce up a basic driveway like nothing else. Not only does this look impressive, but with a tree trimming service, the worthwhile maintenance is a larger reflection of the care and detailed planning invested into your property.
A treeline can also provide privacy, and a sense of history (trees grow over time and as such, speak to the character of a place), while also adding gorgeous nature to your surroundings. Implementing a new treeline can also add utility, from adding an outdoor swing to a sign that greets people to your house or warns trespassers that they’re stepping onto private property. All of this is helpful, and can provide a distinct sense of character to your home.
Add Fences & Gates
It’s good to add fences and gates to the borders of your property where appropriate. This way, those rural landowners you share borders with will know the exact placement of your property, stopping their farm animals from grazing in your garden, or you will also protect your space from public walkers using their right of way (and not realizing they’re stepping on private property).
Fences and gates can also add some protection to your home, whereas in rural areas there may be more than one place to access your home. This can also help keep your cars safe and lower insurance premiums you pay related to their parking overnight. When coupled with good lighting (and even motion-sensitive floodlights), you have more room to express your presence here.
Car Shelters Work Wonders
A good carport or car shelter structure can protect your vehicle against the baking sun in summer, which can always be worthwhile if there are less houses around to shade it. On top of this, exterior garages can offer you space without necessarily having to drive into your home as an alternative.
Car shelters may also provide better utility for the management and upkeep of your cars, or give you room to park separate vehicles or attachments like trailers or horse boxes if you’re keeping a smallholding or small stable construction.
Consider The Ground
It’s also worth considering the ground of your rural driveway, including its runoff. This is because many rural driveways are just open ground with nothing added and taken away, but during heavy rainfall, this can become muddy. Tarmacting or adding brickwork to part of the driveway can stabilize the ground for your cars, and maintain it properly, also adding a distinct sense of separation from a visual perspective – basically telling guests exactly where and how you want them to park on your property.
With this advice, you’re sure to spruce up your rural driveway in the best possible manner. Not only will this improve the (elongated) curb appeal of your house, but it will improve its value, and the day-to-day utility that ensures a comfortable life there.