Planning your driveway transformation

Planning your driveway transformation


Factoring in the costs of materials and labour, gravel is usually the cheapest type of driveway. However, it doesn’t necessarily have the best kerb appeal for your home. Block paving comes in more expensive than gravel but is cheaper than the likes of resin and setts – whilst still providing great frontage to your house, with various options of colour and style.

What do you need to consider when planning your driveway?

“You need to consider both functionality and style when planning your driveway.

“First, check whether planning permission is required. If your new drive is more than 5m2 and doesn’t include a permeable surface or an area for surface water to run off and soak away, you’ll need to get planning permission first. A permeable block paving solution, such as Bradstone’s Woburn Rumbled Infilta and Driveway Infilta ranges, makes good sense if surface water is a concern. When rainfall hits your drive, it simply drains away between the blocks and prevents water collecting on the surface. 

“Once you’ve ticked the functionality box, it’s time to look at the style of your driveway. Block paving offers a great choice of colours, finishes and prices to choose from – making your driveway truly personal to you. Due to the vast array of finishes available, it’s easy to find a design that adheres to your vision, complements the existing architecture of your home, and fits within your budget. 

“You will also need to seek out a landscaper to bring your dream driveway to life. When it comes to block paving, it’s always best to bring in a professional landscaper, who will ensure a high standard and create kerb appeal. Bradstone has a network of Assured Installers who know the products extremely well and are accredited and experienced in installing Bradstone block paving.”