Tips For Designing An Attractive And Functional Driveway

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An often overlooked aspect of landscaping design is the driveway. Yet the driveway impacts both the curb appeal and the efficiency of your home. Design a driveway that's both functional and attractive.

Select the Width

When planning your driveway, one of the first considerations is the width. Obviously the driveway needs to accommodate a car. However, some driveways are built simply so a single car can drive forward, while others allow two cars to pass comfortably. At the minimum, the Landscaping Network suggests a nine-foot width, with perhaps a foot extra on either side for exiting your vehicle. If, however, you want two cars to be able to park or a single car to turn around, opt for a 20 to 24-foot driveway.

Consider the Layout

Along with the width, the layout of the driveway is another early consideration. If you have a small yard and a short space to your garage, a straight driveway is your best option. If you have a fair-sized front yard, consider some version of a circular driveway. Circular driveways can be designed as horseshoes with a separate entrance and exit, or tear drops with the same entryway. For a long distance between the road and garage, consider adding a curve to your driveway to enhance interest to the overall look.

Choose the Material

The most common material for paving driveways are concrete and asphalt. Gravel is also pretty common, while pavers are considered a custom option.

Concrete is a durable material that requires little maintenance. Concrete can also be stamped and stained to make it resemble different materials such as cobblestones or brick. Concrete is a good option for paving larger driveways.

Asphalt is another good for large driveways. Also very durable, asphalt affords you more design options than you might realize. In fact, asphalt ranges in color from light cream to bold hues to traditional black. Like with concrete, contractors can stamp asphalt to resemble different materials.  

Gravel is a budget option. If choosing gravel, select a color that complements your home. Alternatively, local stone is often a good choice, especially if your yard features xeriscaping.

On the other end of the spectrum is the paver driveway. Contractors use brick, natural stone or turf lattice to pave your driveway. This type of paving lends an aura of sophistication to your entryway. Additionally, such materials require little maintenance and easy repairs.

Add a Decorative Border

If your budget won't allow for a paver driveway, consider opting for a paver border instead. In fact, you can have accent pavers installed on the sides or across the middle of your driveway. Pavers can even be used in the construction of the apron, the area where the driveway widens onto the street. Consider adding a decorative border as an attractive way to widen your driveway.

Your driveway serves as a first impression of you home – make it a good one. Contact professionals, such as Paving by Asphalt Valley Services for help.

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2 October 2015

tips for planning a driveway paving project

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