Does a U shaped driveway have to pass in front of the front door?

Our home is very long and the driveway is to the far right of the home. Our front door is on the opposite side of the house. I would like to add a u shaped driveway to our original driveway for our kids to park but don't want it to have to span the whole length of the house. I had thought we would come off the driveway behind the bushes and the just to the left of the right lamp post.


It's hard for me to tell exactly where the existing driveway is located. It appears to be a straight driveway at the back corner on the side of the house. I am concerned that putting a U-Shaped driveway on the side of the house, may be a lot of paving that doesn't positively impact the street view of your house. The sidewalks are already forming a U-shape in the front yard. You didn't mention wanting to change the sidewalks, but wanted your current driveway to work better. Can you put a parking area behind the shrubbery, so the shrubbery could screen the appearance of the parked cars? This way you have parking, but don't bring the driveway through to the street making a "U". With this design you have to be sure that cars can easily back out of the parking space when they exit.
Thanks so much for submitting your question. I hope it helps! Nancy

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Feb 16, 2012
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Sidewalk Suggestions for New Driveway
by: Anonymous

If the new driveway is going to pass through to the street, think of how the sidewalk from this driveway can take visitors to the front door in a direct, yet scenic way. Do you use the front sidewalk that goes to the street. The front view of the house is nice with the focus on the front door framed by the trees. If the sidewalk isn't used, I think it detracts from the front. I am thinking this walkway was originally done to get visitors to park on the street.

Thanks for your input!

Feb 15, 2012
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by: Anonymous

I'm wanting more than a parking area, but I would like a pass through that goes behind the shrubs. Changing the side walks is not an issue.

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