Designing a Driveway for Your Home
As an architects that offers civil engineer design as well as domestic extensions, we often find ourselves designing and creating driveways for homes and commercial properties.
Designing a driveway for your home is not as easy as it sounds and there are several things to consider during both the design and build process.
The Basic of Driveways
When it comes to designing your driveway, expect to pay around £20 per M2 for groundworks (including digging down, laying and filling).
Drainage is also massively important for your driveway. Speak to your architects Widnes for help and advice on how to design a driveway to suit your needs and personal taste.
Decide on Materials
When it comes to the materials you can use for your driveway, there are several different options available.
Gravel is the most economical option as a driveway surface, costing as little as £4 per m2 – plus it’s quick and easy to lay.
You can use edging stones, curbs or bricks to retain the gravel and keep it in place.
Other more expensive choices include asphalt which costs about £15 per m2.
Block paving is highly popular and comes in permeable and non-permeable versions. Prices start from around £28 per m2, which usually includes installation.
Expect to pay more for complex patterns, and for real stone rather than stone-effect concrete. Speak to your architects Widnes for advice on what materials best suit your driveway and property.
Build a Driveway that suits Your Property
It is hugely important when building a driveway, that you take into consideration the properties of your pre existing home. If you fail to do so, you may end up with a jarring aesthetic with a driveway that does not match or suit the rest of your property.
Try to match your driveways material with similar colours and textures within your property for continuity throughout.
Incorporate Your Garage into Your Driveway Design
If you want to make the most out of your garage and store your car within it, be sure to incorporate your garage into your driveway. This way you will easily be able to drive straight into your garage.
Planning Permission and Permits
As we previously stated, planning permission needs to be considered when it comes to designing and building a new driveway. Whether you need planning permission or not depends on several different determining factors.
This can include the materials it is made of, the size of the intended driveway and much more.
Speak to an Architects Widnes Today
If you are planning a new driveways or any other structural addition to your home, speak to Fairtech Contracting- your architects Widnes. We can give you help and advice as well as designing the project itself.
Contact us for a free and friendly chat as well as a no obligation quote.