These expert design tips go beyond the basics of installing a new driveway, ensuring the approach to your home functions perfectly. 

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Image: This large home renovation by XUL Architecture has a simple gravel driveway to fits its classic style. Photo: Matt Clayton

The Grand Designs magazine team spoke to Trevor Knight, head of technical operations at Marshalls, about the regulations and considerations that your contractor or designer should be incorporating into the design of your new driveway. 

Turning circles 

It is not advisable to reverse onto a public highway from a driveway. Plan a drive that is wide enough to accommodate reversing into it from the road. A turning circle or small reversing bay makes life much easier.

Planting plan 

Stonemarket Beachside Setts driveway modern house - If the slope of the driveway is towards the house, all installed paving and drainage should be 150mm below the damp-proof course. You can’t run your new drainage system into an existing one without getting planning permission. For new-build properties, if you replace a free draining area with hard-standing, permission is normally required.

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A good designer or contractor will advise on planting trees and shrubs that won’t send roots into the driveway, to avoid pushing up the surface. Ensure existing tree roots, water pipes or cables will not be damaged during the build.

Light it up

Consider driveway lights that burst into life as you drive past them. Lighting can also be built into the driveway, emulating blocks. You’ll need permission for a ‘crossover’, for access across the pavement from the road. 

Read more: Buyer's guide: what you need to know about a new driveway

Water run-off

baufritz budget s1 build house - If the slope of the driveway is towards the house, all installed paving and drainage should be 150mm below the damp-proof course. You can’t run your new drainage system into an existing one without getting planning permission. For new-build properties, if you replace a free draining area with hard-standing, permission is normally required.

Image: Baufritz

If you can build a soakaway and keep the water run-off flowing into the flower borders within your boundary then you don’t normally require planning permission but check with your local council. Installing permeable paving such as Marshalls Priora allows water to drain straight back into the ground.

Drainage

If the slope of the driveway is towards the house, all installed paving and drainage should be 150mm below the damp-proof course. You can’t run your new drainage system into an existing one without getting planning permission. For new-build properties, if you replace a free draining area with hard-standing, permission is normally required.

 

Are you in the process of designing your driveway? Let us know by tweeting us @granddesigns or posting a comment on our Facebook page. 

 

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