With over 15 years of experience serving as the Haslemere area’s trusted local paving contractor, we’ve seen our fair share of front and back gardens! Often, we’ll be called into completely revise an antiquated garden which is significantly dampening a property’s value. Other times, it’s the front of the house our driveway contractors attend to – by installing block paving or tarmac drives, for example. We’ve rectified utter landscaping disasters, and completed stunning projects ourselves.
Thus it stands to reason that we’re uniquely qualified to run over some “dos and don’ts” for the benefit of our Haslemere clients. If you’d rather skip over these tips and get right to the nitty gritty - a competitive quote on a product/service from an Andrew James paving contractor – pick up the phone and call us on 01428 481 996 or 07876 750 331.
Do think long-term with your designs
As your chosen team of driveway contractors, or landscape company / paving contractor, it’s our job to bring your ideas to life, and assist in the planning process. But we’re quick to urge Haslemere clients to think long-term, selecting fixtures and materials which will look great for years to come, and won’t fall into disrepair due to having outlandish maintenance requirements.
Don’t get going without a budget
Even if you’re lucky enough to have a blank cheque and a bottomless bank account, it’s important to set out a budget. This will help you figure out what is worth including, and what might be either out your reach, or simply not worth implementing. Budgets help in the decision making process. The question of “should I choose block paving or tarmac drives” may be easily answered if one keeps you under budget, while the other doesn’t.
Do be stylistically consistent
We can’t stress this enough. Every landscape company and paving contractor has attended to a property, in Haslemere or elsewhere, which has suffered from an inconsistent and “random” layout. Too many conflicting themes, colours and ideas can really ruin the effectiveness of a landscape. Along the same lines, some properties better suit block paving and others tarmac drives. Play to your strengths and maximise curb appeal, to add as much value as possible to your home.
Don’t overvalue trends
At the end of the day, landscaping trends are transient; they come and go. There’s a reason why certain thematic ideas are always requested of a landscape company, paving contractor or team of driveway contractors. Indeed, why certain materials (block paving, tarmac drives) are popular from year to year. They stick around, and survive rolling trends etc. Sleek, clean and minimal; rustic, warm and traditional. Certainly get creative, but don’t bend to a trend that’ll be here today, and gone tomorrow.