Ribbon Driveway

September 2, 2012

This entrance is from one of our favorite projects on Cape Cod. The traditional ribbon driveway was constructed with stone imported from Ireland in honor of the owner’s heritage. The two lanes of stone are separated by a wide ribbon of grass. Ribbon driveways are actually old fashioned driveways that were popular back in the 1920s and 1940s.  This design approach softens the visual impact of the entrance, combining both hard and soft materials. Additionally, the dark green grass contrasts beautifully with the light colored stone. Not only is this arrangement aesthetically pleasing, it also increases permeable surface area. This means that more rain is absorbed back into the ground instead of becoming runoff which not only pollutes our water sources but increases their temperature.

The two stone posts add vertical elements to the composition and act as a threshold to the property. They have been fitted with outdoor lighting fixtures for night time safety. The fixtures are rustic and subtle so as not to take away from the beauty of the place.

To see how this driveway looks in front of the house, check out our portfolio page. You can’t miss it. The amount of manpower and stone required to complete the driveway is quite impressive.

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