Having a well designed and properly installed driveway can benefit your property in several ways, from instant kerb appeal to providing you with a practical, hardwearing surface for access to and from your home. In the same way that you would need to consider a number of finished surfaces for your driveway, from brushed concrete and aggregate finishes to the use of pavers, there is also the shape of the driveway to think about as well. There are several styles to consider, and each has a number of benefits. So let’s start by looking at the most straightforward option, in more ways than one!


On larger properties, the circular drive has to be the most elegant in terms of design. You do need to ensure that the calculations are exact and that the dimensions are right, as this design will take up a larger area of space. However, the flow of movement from vehicles means there will be no backing up or double parking near to the entrance of the home or business. The central area left within the hard surface of the circular drive can also be landscaped to enhance, shade or give privacy to the building.


This is a very useful shape to consider if you have a long, thin entrance up to your property, with a garage area off to the left or right. The bottom part of the driveway takes the vehicle across the bottom of the land and then straight up to the parking or garage section. This means vehicles will not be parked directly within the view point of homeowners, and they also will not take up valuable space that can be used for soft landscaping or a recreation area. Space is a premium here as well as safety, as cars are quickly directed to the appropriate parking area.