Is this Australia's most popular home renovation of 2017?
When you think about renovating do you think of a new bathroom? A new kitchen? Converting the study into a guest bedroom? Well, that's exactly where our train of thought goes. However, it appears as though we may be wrong. According to the 2017 Adbri Masonry Great Australian Backyard survey, there will be about 41% more outdoor space renovations this year than there was in 2016.
Jason Hodges, Landscaping expert and Adbri Masonry Brand Ambassador believes that an often overlooked renovation that can add great value to the home is outside - it's your driveway. What condition is it in? Do you know when it was made? Do you even do any maintenance on it? Probably not. But don't worry, because you're in safe hands and this could be the year to change it!
“The driveway has an incredibly large footprint at the front of your home so it is important to get it right in order to make a strong impression and add value to the home,” explains Jason.
You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. This rings especially true when it comes to your home, its saleability and appeal to potential buyers. “Homeowners should never underestimate the value in street appeal because buyers never do,” says Hodges.
“When considering outdoor projects, people always ask, ‘where do I start?’ I think a great place is at the beginning, that is, the front yard. Minor improvements can make a massive difference to the way people view your place. In many homes, the dominant feature out the front is the driveway. It takes up a lot of surface area and serves an important function, but too often it’s overlooked.”
So what is a solution Jason recommends? Permeable pavements. More than just a paver, permeable pavements are the visible starting point to a simple, environmentally effective, water saving system beneath the surface. When a permeable pavement system is installed, the series of drainage holes in the pavement surface allow water to filtrate through the surface layers, minimising stormwater run off, downstream flooding and pollution problems, with the added benefit of reducing the need for costly underground retention systems.
As driveways are traditionally, large impervious surfaces that water cannot penetrate, driveway oils and pollution tends to run directly from the driveway into stormwater. Permeable driveways can change that! “Permeable paving is an essential choice if your driveway runs down to your house. In major downpours it allows the water to infiltrate through the pavement surface and be redistributed to the water table underground, versus the alternative which could see the water rushing down the slope of the driveway, filling the drain too quickly and flooding your garage, there’s also environmental advantages for other driveway projects” explains Hodges.
Even better is that some councils will credit permeable pavements as a percentage of the soft landscape area on your land. Pavers tend to also be low maintenance as they expand and contract with seasons so they're less likely to crack - which means looking better for longer!
If you've got design preferences, it's more than likely that there's a permeable paver solutions that will fit your description, all you have to do is contact Adbri Masonry and ask!
Tell us, are you thinking of updating your driveway this year? Are there any other outdoor renovations your have planned?
Thank you to Adbri Masonry and Jason Hodges for their contributions to this article. Adbri Masonry is Australia’s leading masonry manufacturer supplying quality concrete bricks, blocks, pavers, retaining walls, erosion control products, architectural masonry solutions and reconstituted stone veneers throughout Australia’s East Coast, South Australia and Tasmania.