September 29, 2013

Spruce up driveway for more curb appeal

New design variations offer distinctive looks.

By LISA FLAM The Associated Press

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Reclaimed bricks from the 1920s accent a new concrete drive with an antique finish in Pasadena, Calif.

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Before the makeover, cracks and roots breaking through marred the original concrete driveway at the Craftsman-style house.

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He might recommend, for example, a traditional red-brick driveway to go with a light blue Colonial home.

For a contemporary, "green" home, he might choose light-colored, permeable pavers -- a more environmentally sound choice because they let water back through to the earth under the driveway, rather than forcing it to run off and collect debris on the way to bodies of water.

In Naples, Fla., landscape architect W. Christian Busk installs "living driveways" that feature real grass interspersed among pavers. That reduces heat and glare and provides some drainage.

"We blur the lines between where driveway ends and where landscape begins," says Busk, president of Busk & Associates. "It always looks beautiful."

Back in Pasadena, the concrete-and-brick option that Ulick chose is popular among the many Craftsman and other historical homes in the area, said Mark Peters, the chief estimator for Boston Brick & Stone, which helped create Ulick's driveway.

"It's a very rich feel and it's understated," Peters said.

Since he got his driveway in 2009, Ulick said, he has received many compliments, and people sometimes stop to ask if his driveway is the original.

"That's a bigger compliment," he said, "that it looks like it's been done years and years and years ago."


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Tumbled precast concrete pavers create an elegant texture for a driveway in a wooded setting. Pavers are being produced in a range of colors and sizes to suit many different tastes.

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Permeable pavers in a Minnesota driveway let water absorb back into the ground rather than running off and carrying pollution to the nearest water.

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In a living driveway in Naples, Fla., grass is interspersed among pavers, which reduces heat and glare and provides drainage. It was designed by landscape architect W. Christian Busk.

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