Ideas for fixing up driveway

Hi,
I'm looking for some ideas for fixing up the driveway of my house. Pictures at the URL below. Some background. The previous owners got one of those cheap tarmac outfits (Got a bit of tar left over, guv...) to skim over the top of concrete. I ripped it up about 6 months ago as it looked like crap (even worse than it does now) and it was crumbling. I had just got new solid wood floors put down and didn't want to walk in the small black stones.
Anyway I'm going to sell the house in a few months. I've had it double glazed, solid beech wooden floors throughout, rewired, replumbed, new kitchen, new bathroom with power shower and 2 rooms & hallway replastered. The crappy wooden garage in the pictures will be demolished as well.
So I'm looking for reasonable cheap, but decent ways to fix the drive so potential buyers get a good first impression. Not looking to just hide it to get a sale.
Any ideas gratefully received. Pictures of the drive way at -
<http://www.canicula.com/drive/Sites.html
Cheers,
Ian
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Contact a personal friend of mine here:
http://www.townandcountrydriveways.co.uk /
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On Sun, 3 Aug 2003 18:09:35 +0100, BigWallop wrote

Thanks. But they are in Shropshire. I'm in Belfast. Might be an issue!
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On Sun, 03 Aug 2003 17:01:37 GMT, Ian Robinson wrote
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What about a really serious pressure-washing?
And if that doesn't make it presentable, how about just covering it with a few inches of gravel?
[Both of which suggestions are entirely non-technical and off the top of my head in a "gosh-this-glass-of-wine-is-nice" sort of way..... ;)]
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On Sun, 3 Aug 2003 22:23:18 +0100, Harvey Van Sickle wrote

Sounds like a possibility. Thanks.
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wrote:

And get your neighbour to park up the road when you show anyone round. ;-)
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On Mon, 4 Aug 2003 20:51:27 +0100, Mark wrote

:-) He, and his van, are away during the day. having said that he is an excellent neighbour.
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On Mon, 4 Aug 2003 11:56:48 +0100, The Natural Philosopher wrote

Weird. It's okay for me.

Thanks. I'll bear that in mind.
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Seeing as no-one else has said it. Have you looked at http://www.pavingexpert.com /
Obviously it focuses on brick & block paving, which may be too much for your needs, but the pictures in some parts can provide some ideas.
Alternatively, I guess you could pressure wash it, repoint it and paint it with a suitable hard wearing concrete paint.
Gravel certainly sounds like the easy option but I reckon you'll end up with those bits in your house instead of the tarmac :0)
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Brad wrote:

This sounds like the best idea to me.

I have a gravel drive. It's awful. Never, ever again (not that I chose it - a legacy of the previous owner)
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On Wed, 6 Aug 2003 12:12:35 +0100, Ben Blaney wrote

Okay. Despite my previous message I'm still willing to avoid the gravel option. So If I pressure wash this so it's a clean as it's going to get how would I repoint it. Would I just fill in the joins, gaps etc. with a concrete mix? What proportion of mix would be suitable?
What suitable hard wearing concrete paint would be recommended?
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On Sun, 3 Aug 2003 18:01:37 +0100, Ian Robinson wrote

Thanks to all who replied. I'm going to go for a dual approach. For the small recangle between the front of the house and the wall I'm going to lay flagstones. For the driveway bit I'm going to go the gravel route.
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