Environmental Landscape Design are Bringing the Ribbon Driveway Back to South New Jersey
This driveway in South New Jersey, constructed and designed by Environmental Landscape Design, incorporates a style that is sadly seldom seen in recent years. This style is what is known as a ‘ribbon driveway’ because of the apparent ribbons into which the driveway is divided.
The style draws its origins from a time before driveways were paved. The constant wearing of the wheels of a vehicle over a grass area created two distinct track marks with an island of grass down the middle. This design was at some point in the past modified to include hard materials to help prevent wheels from becoming stuck in the mud during wet weather.
Consequently, the design suits a quaint, traditional landscape and architectural style with antique touches. This is further contributed to by the use of brick-style pavers, such as these Town Hall pavers from Unilock. The Burgundy Red color option has been chosen here to give the driveway a classic, warm appearance.
Strength for the separate ribbons of this driveway is maintained using a two-prong strategy. Firstly, the Town Hall pavers used in the construction of this driveway provide up to 4 times the strength of poured concrete, owing to the Unilock patented Ultima Concrete Technology incorporated into the manufacturing process. Secondly, a herringbone laying pattern has been used. This laying pattern offers the greatest degree of cross-lateral strength because of its powerfully interlocking arrangement.
In addition, a soldier course border has been incorporated here to provide a solid edge and further contribute to a neat and characterful appearance.
As a variation on the previous design, this ribbon driveway, also by Environmental Landscape Design, makes use of a herringbone apron with soldier course border and a lateral running bond laying pattern for the ribbons. This design also makes use of a 3 Color Blend rather than a single color option.
In addition to its aesthetic value, this driveway design also has its functional benefits. The smaller hardscape footprint can help to bypass legislative limitations on construction. The grass strip also helps to keep the area cool and reduce stormwater runoff in a way similar to a permeable driveway. For long driveways, this type of design can help to significantly reduce the amount of materials needed.
Environmental Landscape Design
2040 Highway 35, Suite 4
Wall, New Jersey 07719