15 Practical Driveway Ideas Perfect for Any Budget

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Are you building a new home and in search of different driveway options? Are you trying to maintain a driveway you already have?

Either way, when it’s time to take care of your driveway, it can be surprising how much it costs. I’m in the situation where the person who built our house didn’t maintain the gravel driveway well.

I’ve spent a small fortune on gravel over the past two years and am trying to decide if I want to keep adding more or if I should try something different.

I see many people post the same questions on social media sites when they’re looking for different driveway options.

If you too are looking for ways to maintain your driveway, there are a few options to choose from. Here are driveway options you can pick from to give your home the proper care it deserves:

1. Weed-Free Brick Driveway

If you have a shorter driveway, choosing paving bricks might be an option. The problem with bricking a driveway is weeds like to make their home in between the bricks.

This tutorial walks you through how to create a beautiful brick driveway and prevent weeds. If you’re searching for a finished and manicured look for your home, a brick driveway could help you accomplish it.

2. The Cheap Driveway

Are you working on a tight budget? Welcome to my life! The cost of the basic materials to create a driveway, seem astronomical at times.

However, this lady discovered how to create an inexpensive driveway which was longer than average. She used recycled grated asphalt materials to form a base and stop the path from becoming muddy.

3. Tar, Chip, and Pavers Driveway

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Tar and chip is a more expensive option for a driveway, but it provides durability and a classic look simultaneously.

They were able to add to the look by lining the driveway in pavers. This would add to the cost of the finished driveway but could help you enjoy it more.

4. Stone with Edging

Many people are choosing to use loose materials for their driveway because in most cases, they’re more affordable.

However, some don’t like the way they look. You can add a more finished look to your driveway with loose materials if you line it with a type of edging. It has a way of dressing everything up.

5. The Fancy Concrete Driveway

Concrete driveways are common in most suburban homes. But they can all begin to look the same after a while.

If you’re interested in making your home stand out, consider putting a design in the midst of the concrete driveway. This pattern is a gorgeous option.

6. Driveway Made of Pavers

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This type of driveway will most likely be expensive unless you have a way of finding discount pavers. Once it’s done, you’ll enjoy the look of it for many years.

Plus, this tutorial should make the process a little easier to undertake. You could also save a few dollars if you’re able to do some or all of the project yourself.

7. Cobblestone Driveway

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If you live in Florida or other areas where you get a great deal of heat and water, it’s common to see this style of driveway.

This tutorial can walk you through how to go about creating the cobblestone driveway look for your home. You’ll enjoy it because it seems to be a durable option. Plus, it adds a bit of aesthetics to your home too.

8. Tar and Chip Driveway

Tar and chip driveways are a durable option. It has a base of gravel, is topped with asphalt, and finished with pretty and durable stones.

The idea is for the driveway to last a long time and require less maintenance than other driveway types. If you have room in the budget, this could be an excellent driveway option for your home.

9. Crushed Concrete Driveway

Have you ever wondered what concrete companies do when they have a job where they have to remove old concrete and replace it with new?

Well, they crush it and sell it off as a recycled material. You can purchase these materials and spread them on your driveway for a budget-friendly option.

10. Permeable Driveway

If you have a driveway which gets waterlogged, it might be a good idea to go with a permeable driveway.

They’re little grates which you can lay all over your driveway. It will keep your car raised and allow the water to run off. They come in different colors, shapes, and sizes.

11. Concrete Driveway

Concrete driveways are one of the more common options when building a home or looking for a permanent driveway solution.

This tutorial will help you create a DIY concrete driveway by yourself. If you have the skills, this could save you a great deal of money.

12. Concrete Tile Driveway

Maybe you like the idea of a concrete driveway, but you want something with a unique look. A concrete tile driveway could be your best option.

The wonderful idea is to make the driveway look like a stamped tile. Plus, the creator of this idea found a way to complete the task on a budget as well.

13. Asphalt Driveway

Installing an asphalt driveway can be a challenge if you aren’t familiar with the process. However, if you can rent the equipment and feel confident in your abilities, you could manage to create this driveway option by yourself.

It’s a wonderful option because asphalt driveways look great and have been known to last 15 or more years.

14. Wood Chip Driveway

If you’re working on an extremely tight budget, you may want to consider using wood chips to cover your driveway.

They can be found cheap or even free at times. Keep in mind, if you live where there are HOA’s they may not allow you to use wood chips, but they would certainly work in a pinch and beat having a muddy drive.

15. Rubber Paving

Rubber is becoming the new rage. The reason being, it’s less expensive than concrete and asphalt in some places.

Plus, once it’s installed, it lasts for years. For this reason, people are choosing rubber mulch for landscaping and the playground. Now, they’re also picking rubber pavement for driveways.

There you have it! Fifteen different options for creating a beautiful driveway. Some are more cost-effective and easier to do yourself.

However, there are other options which could offer a more manicured look. Hopefully, you’ll find the option right for your budget and home.

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