Christmas Decorations: Coloured Concrete Driveway Edition

As we move deeper into December the Christmas charm is well and truly starting to be felt. Already you can see houses completely decked out with extravagant light shows and decorations – but how’s your yard going? We know how it goes, every year you want to dress up your house and embrace the festive spirit but you’re not sure where to start – well, we can help you with that. Today’s blog is going to be concentrating solely on how you can turn your coloured concrete driveway into a Christmas wonderland.

Prepare your yard

The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure that your front yard is in tip-top condition. Prune your bushes, neaten up your flowerbeds and mow the lawn. Ensure that no miscellaneous objects are lying around either.

This will obviously help to improve the appeal and image of your yard – but also make it safer. If you’re planning on going all out – which we absolutely think you should – then you’ll want to make sure the rest of your yard is clear for when you need to navigate it.

 

Buy the right decorations

There’s no point in purchasing something that you can’t use – so make sure that you plan ahead before you go out shopping. Roughly measure the length needed for Christmas lights you’re planning to hang or drape around your yard and mentally mark the spots that you’ll be placing large-scale models in – such as light-up reindeers or a Santa.

When working with electrical decorations – which a lot of them probably will be – make sure that they’re properly rated to withstand the elements and be left outside. Even so, you’ll still have to take extra care and protect your power outlets and cables from any rain or unwanted weather – especially seeing as Melbourne can be quite temperamental.

Avoid leaving your cables on the ground if you can and instead run them over an elevated surface – whether it be a bush or along the side of a fence. This is to ensure that if it does rain, the cables won’t be left in an area where water can pool up and become dangerous.

 

Take advantage of your natural environment

If your garden has large bushes and trees, then you can absolutely use that to your advantage. Hang tinsel and lights around them to turn them into real-life Christmas trees. You can even sprinkle a bit of fake snow around them – but the clean-up can be a bit difficult.

If your coloured concrete driveway is a bold colour, then you can match it to some of your decorations in a contrasting manner to add some depth to your little wonderland. Decorations such as fake lanterns can also look great when hanging from branches – just be sure to not use real flames as that can cause some unwanted issues.

 

Grouping

You should’ve already had a rough idea of where you’d want to position things before going out to purchase decorations – but sometimes you just see something that you have to have, and it can alter your original plans a little. This is why you should always plan the layout of your decorations to have sufficient space in between them. We also recommend selecting one-three “centrepieces” that you can work the rest of your decorations around.

You should aim to highlight these centrepieces to ensure that they stand out and draw the most attention. An example of this would be a large light-up sled and reindeer piece with smaller snowmen around it and lights hanging above. It’s not just about size, but also making sure that the other decorations don’t clash.

Try not to clutter your garden too much – however, as then it can just become a mess. On Halloween, it might have been acceptable to just place objects randomly around your garden – but with Christmas, you should take a bit more care and finesse when planning placement.

Try grouping Santa’s little helpers in one section and snowmen in another – or mix it up if you want but try to stick to little grouped sections instead of random placements. This will also make the garden easier to navigate when you have to do maintenance.

 

Looking for a coloured concrete driveway?

Here at A Better Driveway, we excel at custom driveways. From coloured concrete to textured and exposed aggregate – we’ve got all your driveway needs covered. Our experienced and professional contractors will be able to help you with whatever queries or concerns you may have.

So, if you’re looking at getting a coloured concrete driveway done before Christmas hits, then give us a call on (03) 9308 6112. You may also contact us through the enquiry form on our website.

Bees and the environment

Whilst a lot of people see bees as pests that annoy you during the summer, the facts are that they’re actually integral to our ecosystem. Whether you’ve seen them buzzing past Melbourne driveways or sunflowers, it’s important to understand just how they affect our environment. In today’s blog, we’re going to take you through the importance of honeybees and share some things that you can do in your own yard to help shelter and protect them.

Are bees really important?

Yes, bees are very important. Other than the fact that they produce honey, beeswax and propolis – which is a widely loved delicacy – they’re also responsible for pollinating three-quarters of the plants that produce 90% of our food. This makes sense as there are actually more honeybees than any other bee – as well as any other pollinating insect – in the world.

Foods like avocados (yes, that means no smashed avo without bees!), celery, cucumbers, peaches, cherries, melons and many more all require pollination. Bees also pollinate crops such as cotton, flax and almonds – just to name a few. Bees are highly essential to our agricultural industry as well – as pollination effectively increases the quantity of produce as well as the quality of it. It also hardens crops against pests – making them more resilient.

 

How does pollination work?

Basically, pollen is produced in a flower’s stamen – commonly known as the male part of a flower – and makes its way up to the stigma – which is the female part of a flower. This is the pollination process within a flower or plant. Cross-pollination, however, is when pollen from one plant is transferred to another plant’s stigma. This produces stronger plants – provided the two plants are the same type – and is helped along by bees.

 

The relationship between bees and flowers

It’s a common misconception that bees actually produce pollen. The facts, are though, that when bees land on flowers, the pollen sticks to them. They actually collect the pollen purposely along with nectar to feed their colonies. Pollination with other plants is just a by-product of a honeybee’s daily duties.

Flowers also supply bees with nectar – which is a sweet liquid that they produce to attract bees and other animals in the first place. When combined with enzymes and oxygen over a week, the nectar will become honey.

When bees drink the nectar, it is stored in an internal pouch for transportation to the colony. During the nectar retrieval process, pollen sticks to the honeybee’s body. As they land on other flowers to collect their nectar, the pollen from previous flowers is released onto the new one.

Because plants are disadvantaged in terms of being immobile – they’re unable to find mates. It’s because of this that they rely on external agents – known as vectors – such as honeybees to do the matchmaking for them. The male genetics are carried within the pollen, which is why pollen must travel to the female part of a plant in order for fertilisation to occur.

Provided both the plants are of the same species, a strong offspring will be produced thanks to the cross-pollination assisted by bees. Reproduction would be basically impossible for several species of plants if it weren’t for bees. The same logic also applies to fruit and vegetables – two types of food that we consume on a daily basis.

 

How can you support them?

There are a few things that you can do in your own yard to help honeybees along and encourage them to continue to pollinate and feed their colony.

  • If possible, try to avoid using chemicals when servicing your garden as they can be harmful to the bees and the pollination process.
  • Consider planting a diverse array of plants in your garden to entice honeybees and encourage pollination by giving them a wide selection.
  • Mowing your grass very short constantly can take away food sources and habitats for bees so it’s worth leaving it a bit longer.

Need a company that can handle Melbourne driveways?

A Better Driveway is an experienced concrete company specialising in Melbourne driveways. Our highly trained contractors know what concrete works best and will work with you to ensure that your vision and dreams are met in a timely and professional manner. Whether you’re looking for exposed aggregate, coloured or textured concrete, we’ll be able to sort out your driveway in no time.

So, if you’re looking for a company that can handle driveways in Melbourne, then get in touch with us by calling (03) 9308 6112. You can also contact us via the form on our website.

5 Ways To Use A Garage (Other Than The Obvious)

Garages are fantastic additions to concrete driveways in Melbourne. Whether they’re independent units or attached to your house, the right garage can have enormous benefits – the obvious one of which is a place to keep your car.

But there are several other ways that you can use your garage that go beyond storing your car. That’s why today we’re going to be looking at five alternate uses for your garage to ensure that you’re getting the most out of it.

1.    Storage Space

Whether you’re a small or large family, you may end up hoarding a lot of items. This is especially the case if you have children as clothes and toys will be outgrown and deemed unnecessary quite quickly in their early days. If you don’t feel like donating or passing it on to a friend just yet, then you can store it away.

To avoid unnecessary expenses, use your garage. Depending on the size of your garage this can be really easy and even fun to do. There are a variety of DIY guides to help you install shelves and drawers to efficiently store things. This is a much cheaper option than hiring out a storage container – it also avoids unnecessary travel if you’re going to be accessing the storage frequently.

 

2.    Tool garage

If you’re someone who likes to do a lot of work around the house and is constantly on the hunt for the next DIY project to tackle on the weekend – then you might want to consider turning your garage into a tool space. Compile and arrange all your tools neatly so you can find them easily.

Use the wall space to hang your frequently used tools up for easy access and install workbenches and any hardware you’ll need like vices or jigsaws. Put some rubber mats down near your workbench for a better grip. You can get some pretty cool stuff done in a decently sized garage space.

 

3.    A recreational room

This type of room really comes in a variety of different iterations. You can go the classic “man cave” route and deck it out with a bar, pool table, some cool neon signs and dark walls. You can even put up a large TV with some comfy couches and bean bags. The possibilities are endless.

The goal is, though, to create a recreational room that you feel comfortable in and is a place where you can wind down and do the things you can enjoy. If you have a hobby – like building scale models – then set up a little workbench area to the side where you can do that in a fun environment.

The best part about this is that you can really go all out with the decorations to turn the garage into your style. Sitting on the inside you won’t even realise that it’s a garage.

 

4.    Home gym

Fitness nut or not, a home gym can come in handy. Space can be an issue, however. Depending on how invested you want to get into it, certain gym equipment can be quite large and take up a lot of space. This is where turning your garage into a gym can be ideal.

Having a dedicated room with the space of even a one-car garage can mean fitting a few of the essential equipment pieces in there. Lay down some rubber mats on the floor and you’re ready to go. You can even install some speakers around the room to keep yourself motivated and driven during workouts.

 

5.    Home cinema

Soundproof your walls, put in some carpet, install some reclining leather seats with cupholders, get yourself a large TV or projector with an amplifier and speakers and you’ve got yourself a home cinema.

You can even put in a minibar with a microwave so you can make some popcorn and drinks to have during the movies. This is also great for when you want to have some friends over.

 

Do you need help with Melbourne concrete driveways?

Figuring out what to do with your garage is one step of completing your home’s front yard. As experts of concrete driveways in Melbourne, A Better Driveway can help you with the rest. Our highly-skilled and qualified contractors will advise and help you work out what the best type of concrete is for your Melbourne driveway – whether it be exposed aggregate, coloured concrete or textured concrete.

If you’re looking to upgrade your concrete driveway in Melbourne, then please give us a call on (03) 9308 6112. You can also get in contact with us by filling out the enquiry form on our website.

6 Ways To Prepare Your Exposed Aggregate Driveway For Halloween

Halloween is an exciting time of year for some. Dating back 2000 years to the Celtic people, what we know as Halloween today was originally the festival of Samhain. The Celtics believed that on the 31st of October, when summer ended and harvest began, the barrier between the living world and the dead were blurred and weakened – allowing spirits to pass into the living world.

Today, though, most people just dress up in their favourite horror or pop-culture outfits and go to parties or – more notably – go trick or treating around their neighbourhoods. That’s where your exposed aggregate driveway comes into the mix! Today we’re going to be talking all about how you can spook up your driveway and front yard to get more involved in the festivities.

1.    Cleaning the yard

First and foremost, you’re going to want to get your yard and driveway into tip-top condition. That means mowing the lawn, trimming the hedges and cleaning your driveway. The fantastic thing about an exposed aggregate driveway is its non-slip surface makes it the best option for young trick or treaters to be walking on after dark. That being said, you should still do a sweep of the yard to make sure there are no tripping hazards. Once you’ve sharpened up your yard, it’s time to start with the decorations.

 

2.    Pumpkins

An iconic staple of Halloween all around the world – pumpkins are a fantastic first step in transforming your yard into a Halloween haven. If you’re feeling particularly artsy, then you can carve them out and light candles inside of them to give them a scary effect – or even carve images into them. Consider using battery-operated flames to reduce the risk of any fire hazards. Place them around your yard and driveway to guide the way for trick or treaters.

 

3.    Gravestones

An especially fun and affordable idea is to get some fake grave headstones to place around your lawn. You can put the names of famous horror characters on them for even more detail. If you can get some fresh soil from Bunnings, then you can pile it in front of some of the headstones to make it seem like they were just freshly buried. Decorate the headstones further by sticking white streamers shaped like ghosts around them and on your trees and windows.

 

4.    Light the way

We mentioned that the pumpkins with candles can be placed on your driveway to light the way for the trick or treaters, but you should add more lighting to your repertoire just in case. If you have any outdoor lighting on your porch or in your garden, then take full advantage of them.

Even with daylight savings, there’s no guarantee that people won’t come after the sun sets – so be sure to place lanterns by your doors (again, best to use battery-powered candles if possible) to illuminate the area. This will also advertise to trick or treaters that you are participating in the fun.

 

5.    Fog machine

This is for those people that want to go that extra step further. A fog machine can be a lot of fun and give some great effects when combined with lights in a dimly lit environment. It’s also a lot safer than dry ice whilst still giving a similar effect.

 

6.    Have fun!

Don’t forget to dress up yourself and have that bowl of candy ready for when your guests come past. Be sure to be friendly and enjoy yourself. Halloween isn’t only for children – and with your exposed aggregate driveway complimenting your set-up, you’ll be the most popular street in the neighbourhood.

 

Are you interested in an exposed aggregate driveway?

Here at A Better Driveway, we specialise in exposed aggregate driveways. Our contractors will work with you to find out exactly what you need. With years of experience, our qualified contractors will work around you to ensure that the job gets done in a timely and efficient manner.

Some of the other types of concrete that we specialise in are coloured and textured. Whether you’re after a touch-up or a brand-new driveway – A Better Driveway has you covered.

If you’d like to know more about our exposed aggregate driveways or other services, then please don’t hesitate to give us a call on (03) 9308 6112. You can also fill out the enquiry form found on our website.

4 Attractive Concrete Patio Designs

Entering the second month of spring there’s no doubt that everyone’s enjoying the steady transition into warmer, sunnier weather. You don’t have to go to a park or café to enjoy the nice weather though. Before summer hits, make that patio you’ve always thought about getting a reality. Whether it’s in your back or front yard, there’s a myriad of ideas you can go with. If you’re looking to stand out in Melbourne though, why not consider an exposed aggregate patio? Let’s take a look at four designs that’ll get you excited and inspired.

1.    The multi-levelled patio

This design is quite exciting as it opens up a range of possibilities not just for relaxation, but also for gardening as well. This can be done in two ways. The first is where you place your furnishings and barbeque on the ground level, and then create a few smaller levels going up that can act as raised garden beds with concrete planters.

The other way is the reverse. The top-level is your recreational area and the garden levels are built on a decline. This works especially well if your backyard is on a natural decline already. Mix it up by making each level a different colour with the large selection of colours and aggregates available when choosing exposed aggregate concrete.

 

2.    The hybrid patio

Whether it’s with grass and concrete or wood and concrete, mixing it up is always great fun. A classic idea is large, rectangular exposed aggregate slabs with well-trimmed grass in between. The steps leading down from the patio would be made of exposed aggregate as well.

Similarly, you can use pebbles or medium-sized stones to fill in the gaps between the concrete slabs. Using exposed aggregate as your patio concrete of choice also gives you the added benefit of a non-slip surface.

Alternatively, you can create a wholly concrete patio and border it with wooden planks – or even flip it around and border a wooden deck with concrete slabs. The dark wood will contrast beautifully with the classic, cool grey of concrete and you’ll end up getting the best of both worlds.

 

3.    The concrete roof patio

This is quite a unique idea. Whatever style of patio you decide to go with on the ground level, you can build a matching – or contrasting – concrete roof above it. This works particularly well for patios that are not directly attached to the exterior of the house.

This can be a basic square roof, or, you can try for a curved or geometrically shaped roof to give your patio a unique personality. The entire patio does not need to be covered either, you can only cover part of the patio and leave the other section bare for those days where you just want to soak up the sun.

 

4.    The haven patio

A haven-styled patio gives off a very European vibe. The prime characteristics of this type of patio are the walls that essentially make it a closed-off little haven. They feature single (or multiple if you prefer) arches that lead to the rest of your yard. If it doesn’t clash too much with the rest of your house and landscape – we recommend painting the concrete walls white.

This little haven is great for a more private outdoor oasis. Dress it up with some potted plants and banana lounges and it’ll be just like relaxing on the Greek islands. Feel free to add some features to the walls with some circular or diamond-shaped holes. This acts both a design aesthetic but will also let a bit more sun in during the early rising and late setting phases.

Interested in exposed aggregate solutions in Melbourne?

Whether you’re looking to have a concrete patio or driveway built, A Better Driveway is the business for you. With years of hands-on experience, our highly trained and qualified contractors can supply you with quality exposed aggregate solutions in Melbourne. We also specialise in textured and coloured concrete services and will take the time to work with you to ensure that the project is exactly how you want it to be before any physical work is started.

So, if you require an exposed aggregate patio or driveway in Melbourne, then please do not hesitate to give us a call on (03) 9308 6112. Alternatively, you may also fill out the enquiry form on our website.

The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist: Outdoor Edition

It’s official: spring has sprung. Now is the time to dust off your outdoor furniture and start preparing for the constant sunshine! It’s also a great time to clean up your backyard and front yard in preparation for entertaining your friends and family. But you may be finding it difficult to decide where to start fixing up the carnage left behind by the harsh winter weather. That’s why we’ve put together this checklist, complete with advice on how to maintain (and upgrade) concrete driveways in Melbourne residences.

Make your windows sparkle

Windows (and more specifically, window screens) often get overlooked on spring cleaning checklists. But it’s one of the areas that can get the most visibly filthy, especially after winter when rain residue tends to build up.

The good news is, cleaning your windows is easy. All you need to do is remove the screens and soak them in lukewarm soapy water. If there is a lot of dust built up on the screens, use an old toothbrush to clean them up. For the windows themselves, all you’ll need is a soft, soapy sponge and a hose before they start to sparkle again.

 

Sort out the shed

Sheds and garages are notorious for becoming clutter havens. But clutter doesn’t just waste space or make it harder to find things – it also makes it unsafe for you and others to pass through. If you’re thinking about a spring clean, then start by removing everything in your shed or garage and sorting them into categories. Purchase and assemble new shelves and storage areas, and ensure you label everything for clarity. Who knows – once you remove the clutter, you may end up with a lot more free space to play around with.

 

Clear away leaves and debris

Set aside a few hours to rake your lawn and remove any debris that may be clogging up your gutters and downspouts. Before cleaning your gutters, ensure you set up your ladder and equipment correctly, wear gloves and prepare to bring a brush to help you clear away the piles of dirt. After you manually clear away debris, wash down your gutters with a hose for several minutes to ensure they’re squeaky clean.

 

Touch up faded paint

Out of all the areas of your home, a paint job is one that stands out. If your paint has taken a hit from the rain, hail and wind, you’ll be able to tell – from the peeling edges to the faded tint. Luckily, it’s relatively easy to roll up your sleeves and give areas of your home a new paint job. And with the constant spring sun on your side, it will dry quickly and easily too.

 

Pressure wash your driveway

Autumn and winter can be tough on your driveway. From leaf stains to mud and dirt, you may find that your driveway isn’t as polished as it used to be. Never fear: this is where the all-powerful pressure wash comes in handy. A pressure clean is not only good practice for driveway maintenance, but it’s also handy for raising curb appeal to those who pass by. If your driveway is due for a reseal or has cracks, spring is the time to address these issues before summer arrives.

 

Whip out the BBQ

It’s definitely time for your BBQ to come out of hibernation. But you shouldn’t start using it until you’ve given it a good clean. Make sure you use a degreaser and a wire brush to scrape off all the old charcoal and grease that may have built up from last season. Don’t forget to clean up your entertainment area before you invite everyone over!

 

Give the decking a fresh coat

After three months of rain, cold weather and muddy stains, your decking has probably seen better days. Now that the sun is out, it’s a great time to sweep off the leaves and pressure wash all the dirt off. After you’ve applied some deck clean and given it a good scrub, you’ll be able to apply a fresh stain on your decking.

 

We install the best concrete driveways in Melbourne

If you’ve noticed your concrete driveway could use a facelift, springtime is the perfect time to reinstall a new one that breathes life into your home’s façade.

At A Better Driveway, we have over 20 years of experience in designing and installing concrete driveways in Melbourne. We specialise in creating popular and stylish finishes, including exposed aggregate, coloured concrete and textured concrete. We service both residential and commercial clients, and some of our top clients have included Westfield Shopping Centres and The Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

Want to learn more about the concrete driveways in Melbourne we design and install? Feel free to give us a call on (03) 9308 6112 or fill out an enquiry form online.

6 Fun Ways You Can Transform Your Driveway Into A Spring Oasis

Spring is here. The warmer weather is bringing smiles to people around Melbourne and inviting them outdoors. Spring is the perfect season to start putting your front yard in order and turning it – along with your Melbourne concrete driveway – into a fun little oasis for people to enjoy the sight of. Not only will it look amazing, but it will also be a fun project for you to do. So, without further ado, here are six fun ways you can transform your driveway into a spring oasis – as presented to you by the concrete driveway specialists at A Better Driveway.

1.   Put an arch in

This is one of the best things that you can do to your driveway because there are so many different options. You can commission a large arch made of concrete/stone or just purchase or make a timber or plastic arch. It will feel great driving through it, but it will also look great to your neighbours and people passing by. You can decorate the arch as well with fairy lights or grow vines around it – depending on what style you’ve gone with. Smaller archers may also fit in if you have footpaths in your front lawn.

 

2.   A water feature

Now, the water feature won’t actually go in the middle of the driveway – but beside it. A water feature – such as a water fountain – is always a sure way to attract attention to a yard and give it a bit of character. You can make your own or opt to purchase something a bit fancier. You can never go wrong with a water feature in your yard. You can go one step further and put some fish in the fountain if it’s big enough – just don’t forget to feed them!

 

3.   Make use of that tree

If you have a large, sturdy tree growing in your yard with a strong trunk sticking out then you can attach a small swing to it. Paint the swing a bright, pastel colour like cyan or pink (or even better, something that matches the rest of your house and yard) and tie it to the trunk. Be sure to test the trunk first to make sure it can actually hold someone’s weight.

 

4.   Flowerbed border

Moving back to your Melbourne concrete driveway, hedging the lawn beside the concrete and turning it into a distinctive border is a brilliant idea. You can put a miniature, physical border there or even just turn it into a long flowerbed. There are a variety of small flowers and plants that you can place to act as a colourful and different border.

 

5.   Put in posts

Bordering your driveway with posts is a unique idea and has the potential to be host to many different ideas. For example, you could hang potted plants from them or lamps to guide the way in the evening. Fairy lights could be hung up between the posts to form a colourful web above you – the order in which you hang the lights is entirely up to you.

 

6.   Outdoor furnishings

It’s easy to furnish an outdoor area, but if the only available area to furnish is out in the sun then you might have to opt for something a little different. Try a stone couch or nook that you can add removable cushions too. That way, the prolonged exposure of the sun and rain won’t destroy the fabric furniture. You can put in a large umbrella as well for some shade when you know you’re going to be using it a lot.

 

Thinking of paving a new concrete driveway in Melbourne?

Whether you’re looking at upgrading or getting something for a new home, A Better Driveway has all your concrete driveway needs for Melbourne sorted. We are highly trained and experienced concrete contractors that specialise in a variety of concreting services including, exposed aggregate, coloured concrete and textured concrete.

Our professional contractors will work with you to ensure that your Melbourne concrete driveway turns out exactly how you want it to. They will work around your schedule to turn your dream into a reality without sacrificing quality or workmanship at all.

If you would like to know more about our Melbourne concrete driveway services, then please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling (03) 9308 6112. Alternatively, you may also fill out the contact form found on our website.

Alternate Uses For Your Exposed Aggregate Driveway

Having an exposed aggregate driveway can be brilliant for a variety of reasons. From the non-slip surface to its durability, exposed aggregate is a widely loved and used concrete style. But let’s go a bit beyond the type of concrete and instead look at the applications of your driveway. The primary application of a driveway is generally as a space to park your vehicles – but there are a variety of other things that you can do on a driveway. Let’s have a look at some of those, shall we?

Yard sale

As explained a couple of blogs ago, a yard sale is a great way to get rid of old stuff you don’t want anymore. It is also ideal for clearing up space in your house and getting the community together. If you’ve followed our blog on creating a balanced front yard, then you won’t need to add a whole lot more to make it appeal to new customers – but there are always new and fun decorations you can temporarily add for such an event.

 

Basketball court

Ok, maybe not an entire court, but you can definitely add a basketball ring to your driveway. You can have a free-standing one that you can wheel around to different positions or install a ring to the top of your garage. This can encourage exercise in a fun way. It’s great for both kids and adults.

Playing sport on an exposed aggregate driveway can also be advantageous as the durable and slip-resistant surface only adds further incentive to the game. However, if you do not have a gated front yard then you should be careful when playing as your driveway will most likely lead to an open street or road.

 

Hosting a party

You don’t need an excuse to throw a party for all your friends, but with Spring coming up, you’ll struggle to find an excuse not to have one. Backyard parties are tried and true, but parties in the front can be just as fun – especially during the weekend. The endless colour and style combinations you can choose from when having your exposed aggregate driveway paved can act as a great party feature as well as a talking point. Decorate your yard and set up some tables and chairs.

 

Start a side business

Whether you’re selling home-made items like sweaters and scarves or your own blend of lemonade, your driveway is a great place to start a side business. This is an especially fantastic and profitable idea if your house is located in a busy neighbourhood that has a lot of foot traffic. You can put up signs around the area and at busy intersections to maximise your customer rate. You can also try promoting your little business online.

Another interesting way to earn some money on the side using your driveway is by renting the space out to the public to use. This is especially handy if you live near a sporting stadium, theatre or event space that regularly holds public events where parking may be scarce.

 

Forging memories

Your driveway can act as a great backdrop and landscape to take photos – whether they be the annual family Christmas photo or the odd extended-family photo. These are photos that will be cherished in your family throughout generations to come. Photos are a great way to also mark milestones such as your child’s first or last day of school – or the school formal. The only way to make these photos better is to have a breathtaking environment to take them in such as your exposed aggregate driveway.

 

Do you need an exposed aggregate driveway?

An exposed aggregate driveway is more than just a reliable and durable driveway, it’s a statement piece, and A Better Driveway is the company you need to bring that statement piece to your home. With years of experience, our highly trained and accommodating concrete contractors will determine exactly what you would like and work around your schedule to get the job done in a timely and professional manner.

Along with exposed aggregate concrete, we also specialise in textured and coloured concrete products and can pave all types of walkways, footpaths and pool decking as well.

If you would like to know more about our services, then please do not hesitate to give us a call on (03) 9308 6112. Alternatively, you can also fill out the enquiry form on our website.

9 Things To Help You Host The Ultimate Backyard Party For Winter

We get some pretty frosty days here during Melbourne’s winter – to the point where some mornings we’re convinced it might even snow. But that shouldn’t stop us from having our friends and family over for a good old-fashioned party in the backyard. There’s plenty of things that you can do to throw a great party in your backyard – even in the winter. If you’ve got an exposed aggregate Melbourne backyard then it’ll make your party even better because of the non-slip surface it creates – keeping it safe for everyone. The following nine points are all designed to help you throw the ultimate backyard party this winter.

1.   Pick a theme

Parties are always more exciting if they have a theme attached to them. Whether it’s a colour, decade or superhero-themed party your guests will love it and most of them will get follow along and get involved.

 

2.   Consider gas heaters

It’s fairly easy to find a gas heater to either purchase or hire just for the party. They’re easy to operate and very reliable. Most important of all though – they’re very warm! They’ll also create points where your friends and family can come together to huddle since they’ll all want a piece of the heater, which will inevitably lead to further mingling and conversation.

 

3.   Look into a fire pit

For a more rustic feel, have a look at a fire pit. You can purchase one or even construct your own if you have the time. Similarly to the gas heater – it will also create a huddle point and also act as a conversational piece. Fire pits will also go great with your exposed aggregate concrete and encourage marshmallow toasting – which is just delicious!

 

4.   Cover up with a tarp

If you have a large, uncovered area then you should consider tarping it up. If done correctly, this will repel water and keep your party dry if some wet weather is forecasted to strike. Even if it doesn’t rain though, it will keep the party warmer and act as a barrier against the wind. We wouldn’t recommend setting up a fire pit in a covered area – but you’ll still be able to use a gas heater underneath a tarp.

 

5.   Set up sections

If you don’t want to – or are unable to – tarp up your whole backyard, then you can create sections and turn them into little stations. Each station can have its own theme – like a horseshoe-throwing area or a darts area. Some of the sections can be outdoors in uncovered areas though. This can also add a dynamic layer to your party – giving it some character.

 

6.   Light it up

You’ll want to make sure your backyard is well lit as well. But, don’t just rely on outdoor lights you already have installed – give your party some sense of style and set up some coloured fairy lights along the edges of your fence or near the different stations you’ve set up. If you can, try suspending them between posts as well.

 

7.   Drink and food stations

As well as game and hang-out stations, the drink and food stations are an absolute must. Lay down a colourful tablecloth – or one that matches the theme of your party – and have one table with food and another with drinks. The drinks table can have an esky full of cooled drinks on the ground beside the table so it’s easier. You can also have two different tables for food – one with snacks and another with more substantial food like pizza or some party pies and sausage rolls.

 

8.   Furnish your yard

Think about where people are going to sit as you don’t want everyone standing for the entire night. If you don’t have any – or enough – outdoor furniture, then consider hiring fold-out chairs and set them up around the heater/fire and along the fence/wall. You don’t want to crowd the central area with chairs so best to position them out of the way initially.

 

9.   Add your own twist

Make a batch of specialty hot chocolates or special desserts for everyone. Prepare in advance and get a friend to help you if you’re expecting a lot of guests. For smaller parties, you could consider cheese or chocolate fondue (or both) over the fire. This will give the party your own personal touch and give your guests something to remember after they go home.

 

Are you considering exposed aggregate in Melbourne?

Parties like these are great for this time in Melbourne, but if you have exposed aggregate concreting in your backyard they can be even better. A Better Driveway specialises in exposed aggregate concreting and can help you choose the right type that will suit your backyard.

If you would like to get in touch with us about exposed aggregate in your Melbourne backyard – or are interested in some of the other services we offer – then please give us a call on (03) 9308 6112 or fill out the enquiry form on our website.

7 Tips On Hosting The Best Garage/Yard Sale

There are many reasons you may consider having a garage/yard sale. One of the main reasons they’re held, though, is to get rid of old things that people no longer want or need. This could be anything from clothes to old DVDs and CDs. Maybe you just enjoy social gatherings and need an excuse to throw a gathering for the neighbourhood. Well, either way, you’re going to want to make a lasting impression and also increase the number of customers you bring to your sale. This blog will help you get started on your Melbourne driveway garage/yard sale to maximise the number of people you attract and also encourage them to hang around and shop.

1.   Deal in cash only

For starters, you should set up your fundamentals. Dealing with cash only is much easier than trying to get electronic payments going and also keeps things simple and stress-free. Carry around a fanny pack to make it easier to sort and handle the money. This also means you can stay on the go and assist your customers wherever they are during the sale – as opposed to having a stationary register. Staying portable essentially streamlines the whole operation.

 

2.   Price everything as you find it

When you’re looking for stuff you can sell, try to put price tags on them as you find them. That way you don’t have to sort through everything a second time later on. Keep the prices simple – solid dollar prices. You can get little stickers to write the prices on from your local newsagent or two-dollar store and attach them to the item. You can also use this stage to sort the items into categories.

 

3.   Colour coordinate your sale

Pick a theme for your sale! You should try and make sure there is some form of consistency in the layout as people generally enjoy aesthetically pleasing designs and recurring patterns. Whether you go for a monochromatic design or use some colours that may match your Melbourne driveway, the options are almost limitless.

 

4.   Advertise in advance

You should be advertising for your garage/yard sale at least two weeks in advance. Put up colourful signs – or signs that will match the theme you’ve chosen – around your street and around your block with clear instructions and details. Utilise social media as well if you want to bring in a larger audience. But if you’d prefer not to put your address up on social media then just keep it the neighbourhood.

 

5.   Laying it all out

Don’t just put everything out on your lawn or garage, plan where you’re going to put things. Sketch the layout beforehand and make sure there’s room for people to walk around and browse freely. Arrange the clothes on racks by size – cut paper plates and attach them to the rack to use as size dividers. Put bargain bins at the front for the very cheap items. Don’t forget to put up signs explaining what each section is – such as the bargain bin(s). You should also keep in mind that sometimes less is better. If you have an excess of a particular type of item, maybe don’t bring it all out at first. Sometimes limited items sell better than items with plenty of stock.

 

6.   Offer refreshments

Have snacks and drinks handy to encourage people to linger and enjoy the atmosphere or shop around further. This can be anything from doughnuts or just packets of biscuits. You can make some home-made lemonade or iced tea and bake some desserts for a more authentic feeling as well. This is something you may or may not want to do depending on how much you want people to hang around or if you want it to be more of a social gathering.

 

7.   Partner up with another family

If you partner up with another family, then you could potentially double the number of items in your sale. This could also give your potential buyers more of a variety to choose from. The other positive that comes out of this is a shared workload on the day. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to handle everyone – and if you can’t bring along a friend who’s willing to help – having that extra family along for the ride can be good. You can then choose how to divide the profits – whether you’ll split it down the middle or just go by whose items were sold.

 

Thinking of utilising your Melbourne driveway?

A Better Driveway is a Melbourne driveway business that specialises in exposed aggregate, coloured and textured concrete driveways. We use highly trained and experienced contractors that will turn your dream driveway into a reality so you can host your perfect garage/yard sale.

If you would like to get in contact with our Melbourne driveway company, then please give us a call on 03 9308 6112 or fill out the form on our website.