Just to recap, here is our existing driveway
And in no particular order, here are the different types of driveways I've been exploring:
Pros: Natural product, cool all year round to walk on and looks amazing!
Cons: Is in abundance in WA and is about triple the price in NSW and unless you want something done on a commercial scale here it is almost impossible to get it done (still exploring this option). Would also not tie in overly well with existing concrete drive.
Painted or Plain Concrete
Pros: Looks modern, comes in eleventy billion colours and is cost effective. It means we could also paint our existing part of the drive so it looks seamless. You can get a textured finish to assist in being non-slip.
Cons: Would need to be repainted and sealed every couple of years.
Really like the squares in the concrete. Simple but nicer than just plain.
Pros: Would create a seamless driveway as existing drive could also be sprayed. Texture would be useful as a non-slip measure.
Cons: Needs to be sealed every couple of years.
And here is an example of why I generally don't like a lot of stencil driveways I see. Just too bright, contrasty (yep, I'm making up words!) and cringe worthy...
Pros: Reasonably cost effective. Broad range of colours.
Cons: Wouldn't be able to match the joining driveway. Don't know if I love the slate look.
Cons: Not nice to walk on, is quite expensive and looks dated to me.
Pros: Economical, meant to last for 20 - 30 years! Textured surface good for being non-slip.
Cons: Very hot & sticky to walk on in Summer. Wouldn't match up to existing driveway.
Painted concrete or stencilling is most likely the way we'll go. What type of driveway do you have? And what do you love / hate about it?