Driveway entrance gates...an elegant welcoming feature! They are grand, they are beautiful and they are very estate-like. They are appropriate for properties with rather long driveways and typically operate electronically.
The most common entry gate material is aluminum, although wood, steel and wrought iron are also options. As far as aluminum driveway gates go, here are some facts:
1. Aluminum will not rust.
2. It looks like wrought iron but it is much more lightweight and there is little or no maintenance.
3. Aluminum gates are available in different grades.
There are many different styles to choose from.
Why would you want a fence over 7 feet tall? You might want it for a sense of scale, but more important, to keep out deer.
Here is a driveway design incorporating driveway gates. You'll notice that they attach to driveway entry piers as most gates do.
This 3D design of columns and gates was done for one of my clients so that they could actually see what it would look like. Notice that caps at the top are wider than the piers and the bases are also more substantial. Face stone will be used which is a flat stone that gets mortared onto a concrete block column. Attached to the columns is aluminum fencing
See pictures of different types of wall stone to use.
Here are the dimensions of the gates and piers. The numbers may be hard to read in the drawing so I am listing them for you. The piers are especially tall as adjacent 7 foot high fencing will be used to keep deer out of the property.
If you enlarge the image, you will be able to see the few dimensions that are left. The piers, driveway entrance gates and fencing had to be designed in the right proportions so that everything looked right.
I wrote this ebook to provide even more help specifically with front yard designs. Take a look to find out how it can help you.
And if you'd like to know real pricing for almost all areas of landscaping, you will find this book extremely informative!
"Susan, what a pleasure it was to work with you. You made me feel like I was your only client - responding late at night and always so quickly! Your design is amazing and we only hope we can do justice to it when we plant. You have such fantastic ideas and you are so open to suggestions and changes. Loved working with you - now if you could only come to Canada and plant it!!!"
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