4 FAQs About Driveway Installations

A large welcoming driveway will always be a beautiful addition to any home, increasing the value of the property, making it look appealing from the outside and giving you somewhere to safely park your cars away from the road.

However, if you’ve never embarked on a project of this kind before, it can be something of a minefield and it can be difficult to work out where to begin.

To help you get started, here are just some of the more frequently asked questions about driveway installations so you can avoid potentially costly mistakes in the future. If you need any further help or advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the LW Landscapes team.

Can I turn my front garden into a driveway?

If you have a front garden, it could easily be transformed into a driveway, but make sure that you have planning permission in place from your local council before you begin any work. This will depend on the size of the space. If the area is over five square metres, planning permission will likely be required.

What is the cheapest driveway material?

If you’re working to a tight budget, gravel is perhaps the best option as it’s the cheapest material you’ll find. For top-level driveways, consider something like concrete or resin.

Does my driveway need a drain?

It’s important to set up a drainage system of some kind in your driveway so that water can flow away and not build up into puddles, causing problems for the driveway but also potentially for your home in the form of dampness and mould if it can’t flow away from the house.

How wide should my driveway be?

If you want your driveway to accommodate two cars, aim to create a space that’s 5m wide by 5.5m long. You need to take into account turning circles, so make sure that you factor all this in at the design and planning stage to avoid any nasty surprises later down the line.