Your Driveway = First Impression
Your driveway is a guest’s first impression, welcomes your guest to your home, and puts your home on display. Driveways should not only look nice, but should be durable and functional as well. It should offer curb appeal!
Before choosing a layout, consider the function of your driveway. With that in mind, consider the following:
- How do you want your driveway to function? Do you need turnaround space? Room for two cars passing one another? How much parking space do you need?
- What is the position of your garage? Is it facing the street? Is it on the side of your home? Is your garage detached from your house?
- What kind of land does your property sit on? Will your driveway need to climb a steep slope? Are there large trees or boulders that need to be worked around?
- What look are you going for? Do you want an estate-like entrance? Is a simple driveway what you have in mind so as not to detract from your home and landscape?
There are a variety of layout options for your new driveway. The most common are:
- Straight – If you have a short distance from the street to the garage this option is appropriate. Also, if you have a long driveway that you want an estate-like entrance, it is also suitable.
- Circular – Most popular layout design. It eliminates the need for backing up or turning around, therefore making entering traffic much safer.
- Curved – Choose this option if there are obstacles, such as trees and boulders, in your path. Or, if the street does not line up with your garage.
A driveway can be made from a variety of different materials. Here are some options:
- Gravel driveways, including multiple gravel colors
- Asphalt driveways, including recycled asphalt, tar-and-chip, stamped and colored asphalt
- Concrete driveways, including stains, colors and pattern stamping