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When we made the decision to build a home, we had no idea what we were getting into. In addition to selecting siding colors and finding carpet that would work with our design scheme, we also wanted the outside to look incredible. Instead of choosing traditional gray concrete, we decided to work with professional cement contractors to create a gorgeous sidewalk and driveway. We paid to have the driveway stamped and stained, and it looked amazing when they were finished. This blog is all about the difference a decorated driveway, walkway, or sidewalk can make to your home, so that you can create a gorgeous estate.

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Now that it's time to plan the driveway for your new home, you want to make sure you do it right. You've paid attention to every detail during the construction of your home, so you shouldn't stop at the driveway. If you think dull gray concrete is the only way you can go, think again. There are several techniques you can implement to spice up the look of your driveway. Here are three methods you can use to make your driveway stand out from all the rest.

Stamp It

If you were considering a nice cobblestone driveway, but didn't like the price that was attached to it, you might want to consider stamped concrete. Through the process of stamping, intricate designs can be pressed directly into the concrete. Some of the designs you can achieve through stamping include cobblestone, brick and even lava rock.

You can even add colored pigment to the concrete to make it look more like the feature you're trying to replicate. For instance, if you're going for the look of brick, you can add red pigment to the concrete to give it the appearance of red brick.

Stain It

If you like the smooth appearance of concrete, but you'd like a slightly different color, acid staining may be the way to go. To create acid stains, inorganic metallic salts are dissolved in acid. Once the acid stain comes in contact with the concrete, a chemical reaction occurs that causes the color of the concrete to change. One of the benefits of acid staining is that the color change is always different. For a truly unique look, you can have the concrete polished to give it a shiny appearance.

Mark It with Inlay

Inlays are another beautiful way to alter the appearance of your concrete driveway. Inlays allow you to add distinction using various materials. Here are a couple of materials you can use to create an inlaid driveway.

Concrete Pavers

If you want to create a pathway along the edge of your driveway, consider placing concrete pavers in your concrete. Once the concrete dries, you'll have a unique walkway leading up the driveway.

Tile Pieces

Tile pieces are an excellent way to create an inlay for your driveway. You can either place whole tile squares in the concrete, or you can break them into small pieces to create a unique appearance.

It's time to plan the driveway for your new home. If you don't want to stick with ordinary concrete, use the suggestions provided above to avoid a boring driveway.