Where you place your asphalt will affect the beauty of your driveway, which is very important since your driveway is usually one of the first things visitors see when they arrive at your property. Also, you will need to make sure that the driveway does not interfere with utilities.
Design with Safety in Mind
Your driveway needs to be designed so that motorists can enter and exit your property quickly. For example, if there is a medical emergency, EMTs will need to arrive quickly. How your driveway is designed will also affect your security. There should be nothing nearby your driveway that obstructs your neighbor's view so they can call the authorities if you are attacked. Finally, you want to avoid placing the driveway exit close to a high traffic area.
Consider Your Utilities
Prior to installing the driveway, you will need to know what utilities you will need to be run through the property. This includes pipes, electric lines and speaker wires. Place a three inch pvc pipe underneath the driveway so you can run utilities underneath the driveway just in case you need to install a new feature on your home.
Think About Functionality
Think about all of the ways you might use your driveway. Many driveways are not just a place to get into and out of your home, but is also a place where you might have children playing a basketball game or a gathering place. The driveway will need to be designed with access points to the front door and driveway. If you have a garage, you will need part of the driveway to also access this.
Factor in Aesthetics
The aesthetics of your driveway can have a large impact on the beauty of your home. Rather than simply have a driveway that extends in a straight line in the front of the home, place the driveway on the side so that it doesn't dominate the front of your home.
Design with Drainage in Mind
Placing your driveway on a high and dry location will help improve drainage. If there isn't proper drainage, the driveway will not have a good sub-base and will not be able to support vehicle traffic. This will lead to the driveway cracking. However, if you already have a driveway with poor drainage, you can correct this problem by having a driveway drain installed. This will guide water away from the driveway. But you can avoid this problem in the first place if you get assistance from an asphalt contractor such as Armour Pavement Inc.