Heald Green, Cheshire

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Heald Green, Cheshire

This was a typical driveway to start with. 3x2 concrete flags had been down for 30 years.

The brief was: "We would like something more up to date but we hate block paving. I don't have time to do much gardening, but I do like to mow my lawn. It needs to feel more welcoming."

Simple... Indian stone is relatively cheap to install, but to give it a slightly more modern look, black limestone 2x1 paving slabs were used around the edge and in front of the front door with a tegula cobble sett border. Kota green limestone was then laid in a random pattern for the rest of the driveway surface.

A new lawn was then laid; a small box hedge and a topiary clipped spiral was planted by the porch. A laurel hedge was planted to separate the property from next door, as this is an open plan estate offering no privacy from the pavement.

An arrangement of contemporary containers were planted with box balls with Carex Ever Gold around the bottom to soften the effect and bring the front of the property into the 21st century.

We applied cream coloured K-rend to the 1960's stone porch and the elevation above the window, which in turn helped to modernise the house.