Consider the Width of Your Driveway Gate

Consider the Width of Your Driveway Gate

There is a lot to account for when considering the width of your driveway gate.

There is a lot to account for when considering the width of your driveway gate. The standard driveway width for American homes ranges from 9 feet to 24 feet. The width of your driveway will vary based on whether you want a single car driveway or double car driveway. In addition, the width may change to accommodate parking or a turnaround. Double car driveways can be between 20 and 24 feet wide. A driveway that is 20 feet wide  provides enough space for two cars to pass, but not quite enough room for parking side-by-side and opening doors. If you need space for parking two cars, consider making your driveway 24 feet wide.

Buffer Zone

If your driveway has or will have walls along it, you’ll need a buffer zone of a foot or two on each side. Such a buffer zone will prevent car doors from banging into the wall and getting damaged. This extra space can be paved or unpaved, depending on your preference and budget. Many cities and local communities have codes that limit the width of driveway openings, so make sure your landscape designer is aware of these. Even if your community only allows a 14-foot opening, your driveway can be expanded to meet whatever width is necessary. For example, many homeowners opt for a driveway that begins at a single car width but widens into a double car width near the garage.

Your Property Needs

Your property needs ultimately determine the total length of your driveway. For example, your home may only be twenty feet off the street, or it may be a quarter of a mile away. However, length does come into play when considering adding parking or a turn around to your driveway. At a minimum, parking stalls require 10 feet of width and 20 feet of length. A turnaround should provide just enough space for a car to back into and pull out of in drive. The typical dimensions for a turn-around are 10 feet by 20 feet. However, sometimes the full 20 feet of backup space is not required and can be reduced. But then the turnaround cannot double as a parking space.


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