Driveway, Patio and Garden – 6 Ways To Improve Your Home Exterior

DRIVEWAY, PATIO AND GARDEN – 6 Ways To improve Your Home Exterior

As Spring fast approaches it’s time to start getting your home ready for the lighter nights and warmer days. Your driveway, patio and garden garden should be top of your home improvement list so to give you some inspiration here is a list of our top 6 ways to improve your home exterior ready for Spring.

The Grass Will Always Be Greener when you Install Artificial Turf

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Artificial Grass with Tobermore Bracken Historic flags

Artificial Turf is fast becoming the turf of choice for a hassle-free, mud-free beautiful garden. Thanks to advancements in technology, the lawns manufactured are more realistic than ever before, meaning you will stand out for the right reasons and make your neighbours green with envy (pun intended!).
Artificial Grass can be quite pricey compared to normal turf but that’s because the ground needs to be excavated and a new sub-base laid before it can be fitted, but it will still be looking great in 20 years time. It’s great for kids, pets, lounging around and looking good!

Install a New Driveway and Drive Your Neighbours Crazy With Envy

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Block paved driveway with rectangular Armpave blocks

A new driveway that stands out from your neighbours but more importantly compliments your home will do wonders for your curb appeal. Just look at the before and after photo above to see what it can do for your home – don’t forget how important first impressions are and how beautiful a new driveway can look.
You have plenty of choice when it comes to deciding what kind of block paving to use for your driveway installation –standard rectangular block paving for that simple yet contemporary feel, beamish cobble gives your driveway a more ‘olde worlde’ style paving while College and Durham Setts provide period style pavior effects. But it’s all about choosing what looks best for your home and feels right to you.


Make Walls Great Again!…and Build a Beautiful Garden Wall

Wall and Driveway - Before and After

Wall and Driveway – Before and After

Building walls is not exactly the most popular topic at the moment thanks to a certain President Trump however a beautifully built wall with exquisite pillars and caps surrounding your garden or drive can vastly improve your home’s exterior. A smaller retaining wall in your back garden is also great for breaking up an otherwise crowded area.

Don’t Sit On The Fence, Make Yours Stand Out

If walls aren’t your thing (or not in your budget) then why not erect a new fence around your back garden. A well-made timber fence can add that finishing touch to your beautiful greenery and paving as well as add some extra privacy for you and your family. A wrought iron fence can go well with a new wall and gate to match.

Do You Have Patio Appeal? – Have a Brand New Patio Installed


A new patio can completely transform the look of your home and garden. Patios come in all shapes and sizes ranging from small back garden patios to patios that wrap right around the house and paths that lead off down into the garden.
One of the most interesting but also challenging sides of designing a new patio is choosing the right paving to compliment the brickwork or outside walls of your house and the overall feel of your garden. This can be difficult due to the wealth of choice available in paving materials from the contemporary feel that slate can offer to the popular choice and warmer colours of Indian sandstone. traditional Yorkstone, Limestone or concrete slabs. Why not put the finishing touch to your patio with a homely BBQ or fire pit? A good installation company can help you with choosing the right style of paving and a great design.

Clean and Seal the Deal – Restore Your Old Paving

Before and after pressure wash

Before and after pressure wash

If you have already invested your hard earned cash in a driveway or patio but it’s starting to look a bit shabby then we would highly recommend having your exterior area professionally cleaned. The high pressure washer will restore your paving to its original colour, getting rid of any dirt, moss, algae and weeds.
Once the pressure wash has been done and it’s had time to dry then it’s a great idea to have the paving sealed. A good quality block seal will prevent weeds for three to five years as well as protecting it from nasty oil stains and colour fading from the sun. And to top it off it will enrich the colour of your paving making it look better than new. The great news is that having your paving professionally cleaned and sealed by a reliable company is a lot more affordable than you might think!


So that’s our list for improving your homes exterior in time for Spring and Summer but we would love to hear from you. Send us your own ideas, tips and photos for your own garden, patio and driveway and we may share them online.

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This blog has been brought to you by Professional Block Paving – a North East based family business with over 25 years experience in hard landscaping. If you would like a free quotation for any of the work mentioned above or have questions about carrying out your own home and garden DIY then visit our Contact page now to drop us a message or give us a call on 0191 5818115.
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