term “circular driveway” can be misleading to some. It is not a semi-circle or
U-shaped design. Nor is it necessarily what we would call a perfect
circle. Technically, it can be anything from a loop, an oval
shape, or an ellipse, provided it has no sharp angles, no breaks, and ultimately
turns back upon itself in enclosure.
driveway will always have a single entrance, however.
is wide enough for two-way traffic so that it can also be used as an exit from
the property at the end of an event. As the driveway entrance approaches
the front of the home, it curves outward and then back in on itself to complete
the circular design.
model of circular driveway
design gives professional
landscape designers like Exterior
Worlds an infinite range of design possibilities.
can be done to modify this basic pattern to turn the driveway itself into the
premier keynote of front yard landscaping, second only to the home itself in
example, you are not limited to only a single loop if you have sufficient
acreage and a very large house.
A second loop is often built
toward the side of the home either to provide overflow parking or special
parking for homeowners and immediate family staying for an extended period of
also be part of circular driveway design to designate either VIP or private
parking areas. The possibilities are too large to enumerate at
length but remember that the basic archetypal symbol of the circle can be
utilized to enhance a great many different styles of architecture and works with
small homes as well when constructed by professionals.
very large home a circular driveway will immediately emphasize a sense grandeur
and the sublime.
Specific architectural styles that exhibit
this quality include the French, Southern, and Contemporary that we often find
in the Memorial Villages, West Memorial, Tanglewood, and River Oaks areas of
benefit such a structure contributes to a larger estate is the opportunity to
subdivide an otherwise aesthetically overwhelming lot into smaller areas of
The linear entrance to the drive provides an ideal
means of doing so because it often bisects the property. Formal gardens
can be designed, or trees can be planted, that run parallel to the entrance to
accent its linear movement with an expanded, organic sense of drama and
veritable flipside of this scenario, similarly amazing effects can be achieved
by adding a circular driveway to the front of a small home.
Many such homes have a quaint look to their façade that reminds you of a
traditional English, German, or early American frontier dwelling.
The simple symmetry
and austere beauty of such a dwelling can be greatly magnified by a driveway
that forms an actual perfect circle in the front.
As good as
this makes the house look, it can make a small front yard look
The geometry of a circle has the effect of enlarging
the limited lawn space. It also creates another circular area inside the
driveway that provides a space for garden design or an ornamental focal
will have us create custom
gardens within the interior of a circular driveway.
prefer to have fountains built here. Others will even go so far as to
dedicate this area to a small custom
patio with ornamental wrought iron furniture.
possibilities truly are limited only to imagination, available space, and what
best compliments the style of the house.