Is it time to install a new driveway or replace an existing one that simply isn’t large or functional enough for your needs? If you are considering a circular driveway, it is essential to understand the various types as well as the pros and cons of choosing this unique driveway design.
Circular Driveway Types
Contrary to popular belief, one can choose between four types of circular driveway models, which greatly depend on the space allotted and the homeowner’s budget. They include:
Often seen on larger properties with long driveways, full circle driveways are when a central driveway leads to a circle turn around. In the center of the ring, there is often a design element such as a fountain, landscaping, or even extra parking spaces.
Half or semi-circle driveways are the most common circular driveways due to their size and ability to be on smaller properties. To make a half or semi-circle driveway, the two ends simply connect to the main road.
Similar to a full circle driveway, a teardrop driveway has a central drive that leads into a teardrop-shaped turnaround, often extending off to one side rather than being centered in front of the home.
Freeform driveways count as circular driveways simply because they connect at both ends to a central drive. However, these driveways are irregular in shape and may have offshoots or parking spaces in front of a garage or leading to another area of the property.
The Benefits of a Circular Driveway
Never Have to Back Out
One of the top benefits of a circular driveway is that you never have to back your car out onto a busy street. Rather, you simply pull through and drive out facing forward. This amenity provides additional safety and is excellent for homes with frequent teen or senior drivers.
Easy Parking for Extra Vehicles
If your home is the primary place for hosting parties, you need extra parking and easy access to the house. Circular driveways allow guests to park along the side while other cars can still pull through. This makes it easy for guests to be dropped off at the front door or leave without worrying about someone blocking them in.
Circular driveways are classy by nature and give any home a luxurious, appealing aesthetic. With this driveway style, homeowners can make their house look and feel like the best in the neighborhood!
The Drawbacks of a Circular Driveway
Requires More Space
The main drawback of a circular driveway is that it requires significantly more space than a traditional driveway. Plus, if you want your circular driveway to be functional, it should be wide enough to easily accommodate two large cars side by side, so people can park and drive through the circle simultaneously. If it is only one car wide, you and your guests will be stuck backing vehicles out of a circle, which is significantly more challenging than it looks.
Comes at a Higher Cost
Due to the fact that circular driveways are larger, that also means they are significantly more expensive in planning, materials, and labor to install. Homeowners considering circular driveways should carefully analyze their budget before the building process.
If you are curious about the viability and budget of installing a circular driveway on your property, reach out to us today for a consultation.