Driveway, patio, paving & Conservatories Company Hertfordshire : Letchworth, Baldock, Hitchin, Stevenage, Royston, Codicote, Welwyn, Hatfield, Ware
Top 5 Ways to Transform your Garden
Top 5 Ways to Transform your Garden

1. Patio

When executed correctly, a garden patio is an extension of your design tastes and styles. The area created acts as an extension to your property in the summer; a place to relax, have friends over, barbeque, or dine al fresco. The options are endless when it comes to designing your new patio, would you go for a symmetrical design, or perhaps something more akin to crazy paving. A well-constructed patio is easy to maintain all year round and is guaranteed to last a long time. In addition to making your home look great, a patio will also increase the value of your property as it offers extra space for the family to commune.

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2. Garden Path

Incorporating a path through your garden provides both practical and aesthetic benefits. If you like to maintain your garden, you’ll know the frustrations of treading all over your lawn trying to de-weed or re-bed flowers on the outskirts. For most people a well-kept lawn is just as important as the pretty plants, so having a garden path to use avoids damage. A path doesn’t have to feel intrusive in your garden however, as it can come in various styles and designs to suit. Previously we have helped lay paved, pebbled, or gravelled paths, and we’ve helped design paths that snake around shrubbery, go in straight lines, or encircle a property.

 

3. Stepping Stone Path

Anyone with children and a stepping stone pathway knows the hours of entertainment that can be had! Laying flat slabs across a grass or gravel area provides a practical pathway for budding gardeners, or access to sheds, summer houses, or garages. Wherever traffic through the garden is heavy, a stepping stone path will protect the grass. Visually striking and in direct contrast to the grassed area, a stepping stone provides an easy target for your feet as you walk through your garden. Where the line can be curved or made to disappear through a planted border to re-emerge beyond the plants, it draws the eye and increases the urge to follow it.

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4. Decking

Nothing says summer like al fresco dining on decking with a barbeque in the corner and friends around the table. Contrary to popular belief, a well-constructed decking using hardwood doesn’t require much maintenance over its lifetime; it may require oiling on occasion to help keep its colour, but less so than a cheaper softwood option. Like a patio, a decked area provides new space for the community in a home and helps to increase the value of a property. Since decked areas use a natural material, wood, they are easier to blend into the garden design and are less overpowering than perhaps a patio would be.

 

5. Gravel, Pebbles, Stones

Gravel, pebbles, and stones can provide unique finishes to flowerbeds and garden paths. They help to create distinct borders around features such as water features or lawn areas. The finishes they provide are elegant and professional and are exceptionally neat (given that you don’t have young children throwing the stones around the garden!). Perhaps you have a few plants in a flowerbed on the edge of your garden and have no plans on filling the area with other shrubberies, filling the space with gravel or stones will help draw the eye to the plants that you do have in the area.

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Feeling inspired? Why not give us a call today or fill in the form on our site and we'll get in touch. We are also offering an exclusive WINTER DISCOUNT to save you 20% off future building work when you enquire now!

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Recent Hertfordshire Driveway Projects
Recent Hertfordshire Driveway Projects
"We are really pleased with the our new block paved drive and our bathroom. Terry and his team were first class and kept us informed of everything that was happening. The drive was completed with very little disturbance to us and expertly laid and looks very smart. Rob fitted the shower, all units etc and did all the tiling expertly, converting our bathroom into a shower room. The whole team including a plumber and electrician were all very pleasant and very efficient. We were extremely pleased with the results and would have no hesitation in recommending this company to friends relatives and other people" - Dennis & Joy Belcher - Driveway and Bathroom Letchworth 

"Well where to start.. This is our first experience of having found a trader via Which? and I must say that we are extremely impressed. We haven't wanted to review any company on any site that we have used for previous tradesmen but have been so impressed by Professional Home Improvements that we felt it important for us to share our experience. In the first instance a quotation was arranged for my wife and I and we were met by an extremely personable and professional member of their team who had a wealth of product knowledge and experience and offered some fantastic ideas for what we believed was a really difficult project. We were very happy with the company on the face of it but always remained sceptical until the first day that anybody turned up as is human nature! All works that we had agreed were on a fixed price contract before work began which we felt was important to prevent any confusion. From day one they turned up exactly when they said they would and always kept our home tidy. Everybody that we met was courteous and respectful of our home and possessions. The job was completed to a fantastic standard and came with a guarantee. All workers were well presented and as far as we are both concerned we received the highest standards from a company that we are delighted to have come across. We would like to thank you for all your hard work, you have been a breath of fresh air and have eased some of our memories from previous projects (not by yourselves)!" - Chris Stephenson

 
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Patio Installation in Hertfordshire
Patio Installation in Hertfordshire
We recently completed a complete patio transformation in Hertfordshire. The original patio was a bit of a mess and they found it difficult to enjoy to enoy their outside space. So we tidied everything up and created them a beautiful patio that they could enjoy year round. 

 
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Whether you’re looking for block paving, mono paving, paving slabs or patterned paving we can design and install your new patio to help you transform your outdoor space.

Fill out the form here to tell us a little bit your project and we'll get in touch with a free no-obligation quote. Alternatively please call 0800 5870 986 to speak to one of our friendly team members.
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Why Invest in a New Driveway?
Why Invest in a New Driveway?
We know that deciding whether to invest in a driveway can be a difficult decision, and you want to make sure you're going to get the most out of the money you're investing.

You also want to make sure any money you do spend is with a reputably company who is proven to achieve your desired result. 

On the whole investing in a driveway is an easy way to increase the value of your property, whilst also adding visual appeal and more parking space.

Here are the top reasons people choose to invest in a new driveway..
 


1. It makes a good first impression
A driveway is usually the first thing someone will see as they approach your property so you want it to look nice and reflect the appearance of the rest of your house. This becomes particularly apparent when trying t sell your house, as you want to get the first impression right!

2. Added parking space
Another good reason to invest in a driveway from a professional company is the possibility of adding more parking to your property. Advice will be given as to how the space can be used in the most efficient way.

3. Add value to your property
Many people decide to invest in a driveway before selling their home to increase the value of their property. Typically a driveway will add 5-10% increase in value to a property if it makes the home more attractive.

4. Benefit from a low maintenance driveway
Certain driveway systems do not need a lot of maintenance that others may need. Decorative stone driveways are one option as is block paving which only needs maintaining through jet washing.


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Letchworth Driveways
Letchworth Driveways
Seeing as we are a Letchworth Garden City based company we naturally do a lot of work in the Letchworth and surrounding areas. The benefit of us just being round the corner means that we can quickly arrange for a site visit and provide you a full quotation. Also once the project is started you'll be safe in the knowledge that we'll always be on hand to ensure the project is running smoothly. It also allows us to use local suppliers and easily transport all of the equipment on-time, and on-budget - which reduces the cost for you!

Please see below some of our most recent driveway project completed in Letchworth, and give us a call or fill in this quick and easy form for your own free no-obligation driveway quote. 
 
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New Year, New Driveway?
New Year, New Driveway?
Looking to improve the look of your home this New Year? A new driveway could be the perfect way to spruce up your house, and add value if you're looking to sell - did you know, in some cases, it can add up to 10%!

The ability to park close to your front door comes at a huge premium, so if you have the room to add parking tastefully, you are sure to increase value.

For maximum added value, make sure your driveway materials complement existing paths and patios, which is easily done if you use a reputable driveway company with plenty of driveway paving options. 

We specialise in installing block paving, a popular material for both driveways and patios. There are a wide range of styles, types and colours available and we can help you choose a block paving solution to suit your home. Paving bricks are long lasting and durable and can complement both traditional and contemporary homes.

 


Take a look at some examples of our work:
 
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Paving Installation and Care
Paving Installation and Care
Professional Home Improvements are experienced paving professionals who follow these guidelines to ensure your patio or driveway is installed to look good and stand the test of time:



Step 1

Mark out the area to be paved and remove all the existing surfacing to a depth so that the finished level is at least 150mm (2 bricks) below the damp proof course. For drainage purposes create a 1:80 slope during excavation that runs away from any building or fence.

Step 2

Install any manhole covers, drainage channels and edge restraints as required.

Step 3

Fill the excavated area with at least 100mm of sub-base material and compact well with the plate vibrator, filling voids with sharp sand.

Step 4

Spread sharp sand to a depth of 50mm, compact it with the plate vibrator and spread a further 15mm of sharp sand over the area as a loose screed and level correctly.

Step 5

Lay one course of blocks on the sand along all edge restraints.

Step 6

Lay the blocks hand tight only, with a joint gap of 2-5mm, starting in one corner and at the bottom if there is a slope. Lay blocks from at least three packs to ensure even distribution of colour. Cut in at edges using a block cutter or bolster chisel and club hammer.

Step 7

Sweep the area thoroughly, particularly if a block cutter has been used. Replace any damaged blocks.

Step 8

Compact the whole area with three to four passes of the plate vibrator in perpendicular directions and overlapping.

Step 9

Sweep Jointing Sand over the entire area, ensuring it gets into all the joints between blocks. Jointing Sand should not be applied in wet weather, as it will not fill the joints properly.

Step 10

Fill any gaps which appear in the joints and vibrate the whole area again. Repeat until there are no gaps and leave any surplus sand for the wind and rain to wash into joints as they settle.

All our work has a full 5 year guarantee, which can be renewed annually thereafter.

Professional Home Improvements are a long established professional paving company based in Hertfordshire, serving Letchworth, Biggleswade, Royston, Hitchin, Stevenage, Hatfield & Welwyn and surrounding areas. We also undertake work in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and North London.
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Adding Value To Your Home
Adding Value To Your Home
Last November, house prices fell by more than £5,000 on average, and with increased uncertainty over Brexit, this trend looks set to continue. Whether you’re looking to sell your property now or at some point in the future, are you doing all that you can to maintain your property value?
“In the largest November drop in prices since 2012, Rightmove said the average price of property coming to the market was down by 1.7%, or £5,222, on the month alone. It said the biggest falls were in London, where the typical asking price fell by £10,793 (a fall of 1.7%) and in the south-east of England, where prices were down £8,647 (2.1%).
The “ ripple effect”, where rising prices in London spread around the rest of the country during the boom years, has now reversed, said Rightmove, with falling prices in the capital now spreading across the south.
Separate research in October from the website Zoopla found that 38% of properties currently on the market have been marked down in price.” - The Guardian

 
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How To Fight The Trend

Investing in your property seems like the obvious answer, but it really does work!
Small changes like repainting, replacing doors and windows, fixing leaky taps and squeaky floorboards may seem like they would have little to no impact on the price of a property, but combined can make a significant difference to an estate agents valuation and prospective buyers impression. Whilst these changes will help you reclaim some of your property value back, the more substantial changes in your home will provide a better return on investment, and this is how you fight the trend. ‘Location, Location, Location’ host, Phil Spencer has compiled his ‘top 20 ways to add value to your home’, we’ve picked our favourites and listed them below.  
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Our Best Tips For Improving Property Value

Build A Conservatory

“A conservatory (cost £5,000 - £30,000) can add around 7% to the value, while a full-blown extension (£10,000 - £30,000) adds 11%.”
A well-designed conservatory will provide extra space all year round. We’ve been working in the industry for over 25 years and have acquired a wealth of experience in designing and building conservatories that make use of the garden space and add real value to homes.
 

Pave The Front Garden

“You may need planning permission, and may have to spend £10,000-£20,000, but the added value could be £50,000 in an expensive urban location.”
Paving over your front garden means less maintenance in the long term, a place to park at least one vehicle, and more space that can be used functionally.

 

Change The Windows

“But only if they don’t match the house as it is now. I am a big believer that whatever you decide to do should suit the age and style of the original property. If it was meant to have wooden windows, then put wooden windows in. If metal, then put in metal. Otherwise, leave well alone.”
We supply and fit UPVC double glazed windows in a variety of colours and finishes perfect for your home.
 

Concentrate On The Kitchen

“Typically, a new kitchen will add 4.6% onto the value.”
If the heart of the home is not up to scratch, prospective buyers will notice. A new kitchen doesn’t have to be a huge investment to gain some value back.
 
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Modernise The Bathroom

“This is the other room that has really taken off lately. The secret is to keep things simples. You don’t need to do a lot with the room, it’s all about the features that you put in, such as a set of new taps (£20), a heated chrome towel rail (£50), a big new shower head (£20), a power shower (£250-£750), a glass screen (£100) or glass door (£125) instead of a shower curtain. A new bathroom puts 2.88% onto the house value.”
We specialise in turning small areas into efficiently designed rooms that maximise the space available.
 
 


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Top 10 Driveway maintenance tips
Top 10 Driveway maintenance tips

1. When the weather is extremely hot, try not to leave garden items on your drive such as your barbecue.

2. Some people like to seal their asphalt drive. We would recommend that you do this 1-3 years, yet more regularly is recommended if you have extreme weather conditions throughout the year.

3. Alternatively, you must ensure that you sweep the drive thoroughly one a year. Use a stiff broom with a quality detergent, as well as laying a weed detergent to ensure that the drive stays weed free and in good condition throughout the year.

4. Another trick to remove stains is to use some hot soapy water and dishwasher detergent, then brush it into the stains.

5. Be careful not to overuse the detergent as this can cause the asphalt to wear away.

6. Sprouting grass and larger cracks can appear if grass clippings are not clear from the drive. Seeds from the clippings find their way into the cracks and being to grow within the cracks, so ensure that your drive is sweeped regularly to minimize this happening.

7. Be careful when using a power washer to clean your driveway. If it is to powerful and held at the wrong angle, then you run the risk of breaking the joining material or simply marking your driveway. Keep the pressure washer a fair distance away from the driveway, and angle the water at around 45 degrees.

8. Ensure you are wearing protective clothing when using detergents to maintain your drive.

9. Make sure not to use salt on your drive too regularly. If the weather conditions are snowy or icy, then it can be used, but if it is used regularly on the drive, it can once again to lead to the asphalt wearing away.

10. Try to keep off of your newly laid asphalt driveway for around 3 days depending on the weather conditions. If the weather is particularly hot, try and leave it for at least 5 days. Yet, if you've have had a block paving drive installed, you are free to use the drive straight away.

If these tips still aren't making your driveway look it's best and are letting the aesthetic of your property down, then get in touch to see how else we can help! Click here to get in touch

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Latest Reviews
Latest Reviews
As a company and as a buisness owner, it's very hard to blow your own trumpet and to stand up and say how proud you are of what you have achieved. But we have recently had some wonderful reviews in that I just had to share them. 

As a company we always make sure that we go above and beyond for our clients, and to create them an outdoor space that they can be proud of. Here are just some of our most recent responses from our clients:

"We are really pleased with the our new block paved drive and our bathroom. Terry and his team were first class and kept us informed of everything that was happening. The drive was completed with very little disturbance to us and expertly laid and looks very smart. Rob fitted the shower, all units etc and did all the tiling expertly, converting our bathroom into a shower room. The whole team including a plumber and electrician were all very pleasant and very efficient. We were extremely pleased with the results and would have no hesitation in recommending this company to friends relatives and other people. " - Dennis & Joy Belcher

"Having agreed it was time to replace our driveway, we decided to use the Which? Trusted Trader website to find our contractor. On approach, Terry from Professional Home Improvements was very quick to respond and came across very well. We quickly felt confident that Terry and his team could fulfil our requirements and we agreed a very reasonable price with him. The job was completed quickly, to a very high standard with very little disruption. The team were very friendly and professional at all times and were flexible as the spec of the job changed slightly during the install itself. Overall a very positive experience and I am more than happy to recommend this company to others." - Richard Griffin

"Well where to start.. This is our first experience of having found a trader via Which? and I must say that we are extremely impressed. We haven't wanted to review any company on any site that we have used for previous tradesmen but have been so impressed by Professional Home Improvements that we felt it important for us to share our experience. In the first instance a quotation was arranged for my wife and I and we were met by an extremely personable and professional member of their team who had a wealth of product knowledge and experience and offered some fantastic ideas for what we believed was a really difficult project. We were very happy with the company on the face of it but always remained sceptical until the first day that anybody turned up as is human nature! All works that we had agreed were on a fixed price contract before work began which we felt was important to prevent any confusion. From day one they turned up exactly when they said they would and always kept our home tidy. Everybody that we met was courteous and respectful of our home and possessions. The job was completed to a fantastic standard and came with a guarantee. All workers were well presented and as far as we are both concerned we received the highest standards from a company that we are delighted to have come across. We would like to thank you for all your hard work, you have been a breath of fresh air and have eased some of our memories from previous projects (not by yourselves)!" - Chris Stephenson

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Best Driveway Company in Hertfordshire?
Best Driveway Company in Hertfordshire?

Well, we know it's a bold statement but we'd like to think that we're up there! Whether you’re looking for block paving, tarmac or gravel, we can design and install your new driveway to help you transform your property.

The pathway to your home, a new driveway not only adds value to your property but enhances the overall appearance and provides visitors with a great first impression. 

We specialise in designing and providing a driveway solution that is best fit for you. 

Please see below one of our most recent transformations

 
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