How to create a circle driveway when the house is at an angle to the road?

by Victoria Tennis
(Bothwell, UT)

front of house

front of house

I would love to get some help with this dilemma. My house is set at an angle to the street - in a rural setting with gravel at the road. We would like to put in a circle that would come to the front of the house, (or near it) and run out to the driveway in front of the garage. In this picture the front door is in the center of the long porch. The French doors on the left is the kitchen door. There is another french door to the right of the front porch but you do not see it much in this photo. To the far left you see a car parked in front of the garage.


What I can't figure out is, if we bring a drive up that curves in front of the front steps - it runs out at an awkward angle back to the drive at the garage. This property is rectangle shaped and the house is at an angle facing the lower, right corner of the rectangle.

What is the best way to put in a driveway that will bring people to the front of the house, (not the garage) and not clash with the angles of the house? I sure hope you can help. Thank you!

Dear Victoria,

I love your house! I am guessing that the driveway entrance at the road can come in anywhere. Hopefully, this is the case and you are not restricted to where you enter your property from the road. With your house facing the corner, bring the driveway in at the corner where the view of the house is the best and you can center the circle on the house at the front door or a point on the house that looks good. Once the circle is established, a driveway to the garage comes off the circle at the appropriate place. This brings visitors onto your property looking at the best view of your house. If you already have a point established where cars will enter your property, is it possible for the driveway to curve, so that it can connect to a circle centered on the house? Keep in mind that the width of the driveway in front of the house needs to be at least 18 feet wide, so you don't have a bottle neck.
In rural settings like yours, I have made big circles in front of the house. This may work in your case because of the distance from the front door to the garage. On my driveway pages, look at the photo of the blue, frame house and notice how the driveway to the garage peels off the circle to go to the garage.
Hope this helps! Thanks for the submission.

Nancy

Dear Victoria,

Thanks for the nice comments. Please send pictures on the Share Your Project page. I would love to see your progress

Nancy

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by: Victoria

We actually got a couple of tractors out here this weekend and cut out the drive. I would like to take some pictures and upload them as this project progresses. Is there a way to do that? I would love to get feedback or comments along the way. My husband and I built the house of our dreams but it left us without a budget for landscaping so we are doing this pretty much on our own. What little budget I have is from my annual sale of lambs every year. I'll try to post a picture of them too!

Thank you for your comments. I'll see if I can post additional photos of this "project in process."

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