driveway/hardscape materials suggestions for a fixer-upper?
My recently purchased house is a low 1950s ranch located on a court with a pie shaped lot. The back yard is big (for the area), the front is small. I like this, but the driveway is visually a huge part of the front yard. The previous owners thought it wasn't huge enough and threw down even more paving.
We need to redo this. The driveway is cracked and painted blue. And it's sort of awful anyway.
Exposed aggregate is common in the subdivision as is brick. Original drives and walks were plain concrete, with the walks curving into the drive. Due to the angle on the house and drive, I think I'll have to keep this feature because you can't go from the door to the sidewalk without hitting the drive. The front of the house is brick and wood--my picture doesn't seem to show that. :)
We do need to keep the pavement on the right side through the gate (the shared fence and gate there been replaced since this image was taken) but instead of having lanes outlined in brick, there's got to be something more tasteful.
The yard ends at the power pole on the viewer's left and the jagged aggregate on the right. Behind the tall camellia bushes is a porch.
We would like to do a bit of a low brick bed on the left to enclose and perhaps resize the bed that is there. The lawn, well, it has to change. Its original boundaries are visible. We were thinking of unpaving at least to that area and doing a small lawn and fill in the rest with plantings beds. A tree is needed somewhere too.
I dunno. We want to have the walk and driveway work without being all ugly. We want it to be appropriate for a CA rustic-style ranch house. We don't want it to look like we need lines to make it into the garage. :P
Can we sort of pave it across so that it is more like a giant patio instead of a driveway? Would doing it all in aggregate lessen the feel of the slab? Brick square patterns across the area? Brick the whole entire thing? Stone? I do need to be able to drive a heavy vehicle through the gate on the right so nothing flimsy there.
If relevant, I am in the SF east Bay area. No freeze issues. No ice. Little rain. Budget whatever. No stamped concrete and none of those paver things (they just aren't right with this style house). And if you think this is bad, you should see the back!
I appreciate any suggestions (or landscape designer recommendations). I think I need a better idea of what I think will work before getting someone out here. I could go the easy route and simply remove the excess aggregate that was filled in over the years, but I hope I can do better.
(No, I can't do anything about the pole.)