If you have a long driveway and can’t afford asphalt or concrete perhaps a gravel driveway may be your answer. With an array of warm colors to choose from you can bring out your home’s unique characteristics by installing a gravel driveway. Unlike pavers, asphalt, or concrete, gravel is permeable, less expensive and environmentally friendly. I personally like the crushing sound it makes.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to a gravel driveway we completed using a warm-toned 3/8” bluestone gravel.
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We rented a Bobcat M85 (Mini track loader to break up the asphalt
Driveway was expanded. Marco excavated new area
The driveway already had a solid base. Additional base was needed to fill in spots that were low. 3″ space was left for 3/8″ decorative gravel.
Next, a lot of time is spent in grading the driveway to ensure a level base
Delivery of item 4 & string lining
Spreading item 4
Marco compacting the item 4
Donato watering tamped area
Adding steel edging with j-hooks
Added topsoil along the edges
Donato spreading gravel
Seeded along edges with Eco Lawn & added straw
Gravel driveway completed
3/4″ bluestone gravel
For a smooth transition an apron was installed to separate the road from driveway.
Marco excavating about 3′ from road
Tamping area and getting it ready for stonedust
Additional stone dust added so that the blocks are flush with road
Placement of belgian blocks
We used 10.5 x 8 x 4 jumbo belgian blocks
Last step: An addition of Polymeric sand to seal the joints
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