Driveway Design: 13 Principles to Improve Your Drive

Gravel driveway design leading to pink cottage surrounded by green shrubs and trees
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Driveway design plays a crucial role in setting the tone for your home — a well-designed drive will help to maximise the kerb appeal of your property. Crucially your drive also needs to provide ample parking, a safe place to enter and exit the adjacent road and provide suitable access to your home.

Whether your driveway ideas involve more of an upgrade to the existing entrance or you're creating a new driveway, our in-depth guide will delve into what you need to consider, the rules and regs and how to make your new driveway design both functional and visually appealing.

Pete Tonks

Pete is an award-winning architectural designer. He began his career as an architectural technician with self build specialist Potton in 1984. He went on to set up his own practice, PJT Design Ltd, in 2003 and has been designing self build homes and extension schemes for over three decades. He is also a specialist in designing oak frame homes, partnering with oak frame specialist Oakwrights. 

In 2015, Pete co-founded PJT Custom Build Ltd, a bespoke project management company, which delivers custom-built homes from conception to completion.

He has recently completed his own contemporary self build project.