Renovation Detail: The Ribbon Driveway

This week my husband and I will be presenting our ribbon driveway plans to our township zoning board. This timeless driveway layout includes green grass running between two parallel strips of pavement. Dating back to the 1920s, the layout was created before the days of paving. After extended periods of parking the vehicle ruts shaped, leaving only a patch of grass down the center. Eventually the ruts were filled in with concrete, and the ribbon driveway was created.

Nowadays the layout is making a comeback because of its environmental advantages and nostalgic appeal. Environmentalists are drawn to the layout for many reasons: It demands less impervious substance, features added greenery and means much less water runoff.

In Fullerton, California, the town’s preservation principles say that citizens are invited to have a ribbon drive to break up the expanse of paving and to provide increased landscaping. I enjoy the way you think, Fullerton!

HartmanBaldwin Design/Build

Ribbon drives have the capacity to shape to property limitations, natural obstacles or homes, as shown here.

Madson Design

With individual concrete pads, this modern spin on the ribbon drive has an increased amount of green space and eases water drainage.

Gast Architects

Rather than the standard concrete and grass ribbon, this California drive includes pavers, slate and greenery in a grid layout.

Brooks Ballard

This house’s driveway pays homage to the ribbon’s Craftsman roots. Additional historical characteristics include the house’s gable dormer, brick porch pedestals and prairie-style window muntins.

Without the landscaped portion of this ribbon drive, water runoff would be a major concern for all these property owners. However, the grass aids in relieving water toward the home.

Engineered green grass is great for climates that do not need snow removal, such as this La Jolla, California, home.

Avondale Custom Homes

Encouraged by The Beatles, I can’t help but inhale “the long and winding ribbon” while admiring this drive.

FGY Architects

Opening up onto a carport and parking pad, the landscaped center portion of this ribbon driveway breaks up what would otherwise be a large, impervious area.

Brooks Ballard

Leading to a two-car garage, this ribbon drive includes extensive landscaping, an environmental plus.

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12 Inspiring Garden Gates

Though their first intent was to keep out unwelcome guests, gates have become beautiful architectural structures, including feelings of enchantment and fascination to the landscape and representing the homeowners’ character and style. Highlighted in this ideabook are 12 unique gates, each of them adding function and good looks, and fitting seamlessly into their surroundings.

ROOMS & BLOOMS

Framed by an arbor and fence, I almost missed the fact that this gate is actually an old doorway! The bricks beneath are a delightful touch, and it is quite possible they came from the same source as the doorway.

Tip: Check your regional ReStore for intriguing salvageable materials that may be utilized in your yard.

Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture

Upon viewing this exceptional entrance, I could not help but to imagine the shadows that could be cast as people come and go. There is little doubt in my mind that a little detail in this way could create a heightened sense of admiration, sure to draw a smile.

Amy Jesaitis

Hidden behind foliage, this gate still creates a bold statementthanks to the ornamental medallion that’s displayed at eye level. Of course, the deeply saturated color helps a lot, too.

Eron Johnson Antiques

This charmingly weathered gate offers a glimpse in the sweet purple blossoms that reside in the garden behind. The height of this structure adds an additional element of miracle, although the slotted design allows one to feel welcome and at ease.

Grizzly Iron, Inc

The patterned flower design generously enriches this iron gate, keeping the row of bars from feeling institutional.

environmental notion

Somewhat different than your average fence and gate mix, this set reverses the normal arrangement. Generally the fence is strong while the gate is windowed, but that is an enjoyable change!

Blasen Landscape Architecture

My favorite part about this garden entrance is how easy it is to repeat. A number of the gates that you encounter are grand and somewhat pricey, whereas something like this might be obtainable over the span of a weekend, even with the help of a few tools and a little stack of materials.

Check this out one-of-a-kind of a gate that’s similar in style.

A beautiful gate such as this can not help but pull any and all focus on the lush garden behind. The curved layout makes a powerful focal point that’s fast to draw the eye. Crowned with an arbor, the gate is finished off with a good sense of equilibrium.

InterDesign Studio

This funky door boasts character in addition to a decent sense of flow. Not only are the colours consistent with the home, but the cover of the gate dips down to meet with the height of this fence, making this space feel not as inflexible than if a traditional gate had been utilized.

Aneka Interiors Inc..

A curlicue entrance pairs well with the stunning rounded archways from the distance.

Tip:When deciding upon a gate layout, it might be of help to narrow your options by mirroring an overall shape that exists in the backdrop.

Diane Licht Landscape Architect

The unfinished wood used with this gate was a wonderful selection for its surroundings. Over time, a structure that’s left with no paint or stain will slowly weather. In cases like this, the subdued end goes well with the neutral tones of the home.

Motionspace Architecture + Design

It didn’t take long to observe the stability shared with this home and its entrance. By employing a same colors represented on the exterior of the home, the designer was able to create a cohesive and relaxed feeling.

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