Tear Drop, Circle, or U shaped??
We are building a house and trying to design a driveway. The yard is 240 ft across. The garage starts the beginning of the house. It sticks out about 34 feet from the house on the left side of the house with the garage doors facing the outside. The house is 103 ft wide, but not symmetrical on both sides of the front door. We want extra parking spaces in front of the house (not in the drive space) and a turn around area coming out of the 3 car garage.
Our questions are
1. What do we center the driveway on?
2. What shape uses the least amount of yard space?
3. How wide should the driveway be in proportion to the house?
I really appreciate if there is any help you can give.
The 240 foot wide parcel with the house being 103 feet gives you plenty of width to have a circle or oval. You do need to have depth from the street to be able to have the circle. If the house is close to the street a "U" shaped driveway would be better. It sounds like the garage faces the side, so whether you use a circle or "U", you can have a drive peel off the main driveway to the garage. If you have 40 feet of paved area behind the garage doors, you have a very comfortable area to get out of the garage and turn around. I always center a circle or oval on the front door even if the house is asymetrical. I have made circle driveways all different widths, there is no set rule. You want them to be comfortable and easy to use. The architecture of the house can dictate where it looks best. You need a 50 diameter minimum. This is a tight circle and would be easiest for cars not delivery trucks. A "U" shaped driveway can look nice sweeping across the property from one corner to the next, or lining up with an architectural feature on the house. A "U" shaped driveway uses up less space than a circle or oval.
You can add parking spaces by widening the driveway to an 18-20 foot width in front of the house or putting a parking space or two off the main driveway. See a picture and drawing of this concept on the Circular Driveway page.
Hope this information helps!