Although we always take them for granted now, there was once a time in our history when garages and driveways didn’t exist. It wasn’t until the 1850’s that drive paths for carriages started to appear on more affluent properties. Prior to this there was nothing more than a dirt path. Then in the latter half of the 19th century, the new concept of driveways or carriage paths began to appear at more expensive and elite homes. These new driveways were semi-circled with curved walks. They were often constructed of stone, brick, or cobblestone.
In the early part of the 20th century, the introduction of the automobile increased the demand for driveways and garages. As the expense of the automobile came down and became affordable to the masses, more homeowners demanded driveways. What were once two ribbons cutting though the lawn up to the main entrance or into the garage later became solid surfaces, wide enough for one or two cars with additional parking included too. When this occurred, more affordable and more efficient installation materials were sought. This led to the accessible and functional concrete or paved driveways we all see today.