DRIVEWAY DISCUSSION

 

Ranch front with landscaping.

A similar ranch home frontage.

So, the latest topic up for discussion at our place is our future driveway design. I really like the idea of a circular or teardrop style driveway and my husband has suggested a straight, double wide driveway. He sometimes needs to park a truck or other equipment at our house so that is something we need to consider. I have come up with what I see as the pros and cons for each option and some very basic sketches (please don’t judge my drawings – they were done quickly and are not to scale…and I coloured them with crayons.)

Straight Driveway –  This is obviously the simplest option that would just go straight from the road to the garage. We would make it a double wide driveway that would likely continue beside the garage which would make it easier for my husband to park a large truck when necessary. Also, this would be the easiest option for snow removal and lawn mowing (although there would be more lawn frontage to mow.) For me the cons would be backing up out of the driveway especially if there is a large truck parked and also guest parking might also be an issue if several cars are parked along the driveway. That is where the circular driveway design shines with it’s ease of use. We would have to fill in more of the ditch to create this double wide entrance and the municipality would have to move a drain that is where the driveway’s entrance would be. I’m not sure if there would be a cost involved with that but quite likely.

Straight driveway sketch.

Straight driveway sketch.

Circular or Horseshoe Driveway – The horseshoe or half circle driveway looks like a horseshoe and begins at the street and then loops around with a separate entrance and exit and has a section that leads to the garage. This is also a fairly easy design. I’m not sure exactly where the section leading to the garage would have to start off of the loop but you can get the idea from my drawing. This is a great design for parking, especially if you are having several guests. Also, lawn frontage would be a little less for lawn mowing. This design would also mean more of the front ditch would have to be filled which may involve extra cost.

Sketch of horseshoe driveway.

Sketch of horseshoe driveway.

Teardrop Driveway – The teardrop style driveway also begins at the street, loops around and continues around back to the street and has a section that leads to the garage. I like the look of a circular driveway and the ease of use, especially for easy guest parking. It can also be a great and safe place for kids to ride their bikes and I think it makes for a more interesting landscape design (we could do something interesting within the circle) and less lawn to mow.  The cons would be that this takes up more space and it is a bit more complicated to create as it has to be designed and measured properly for proper turning angles. And this type of driveway would not be ideal for parking large trucks which as I mentioned, my husband would have to do on occasion.

Rough sketch of teardrop driveway.

Rough sketch of teardrop driveway.

So, we will have to give this a little more thought and get some more measurements to get a better idea of exactly where each driveway would be located. Personally, I’m thinking that the horseshoe driveway would work out best as it would still allow for straight parking and also have the ease of a circular driveway and additional parking.

 

 

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