Completed Project - Paved Driveway

Our latest project of transforming a front garden has been completed and the results went down very well. Our customer had a worn out and very uneven lawn that they wanted to make presentable and turned into a useful space. They gave us the brief to:

  1. Make it hard standing
  2. Provide an area that required no maintenance
  3. To maximise the space for a family of car enthusiasts

We turned it from this...the front garden before we started:

A heavily compacted and worn out lawn! 

A heavily compacted and worn out lawn! 

To this...the completed project:

The finished area with 'Autumn Blend' sandstone, 3ft trellis and 20mm shingle

The finished area with 'Autumn Blend' sandstone, 3ft trellis and 20mm shingle

The Construction Process

In progress - showing the compacted base, the mix and the levelling!

In progress - showing the compacted base, the mix and the levelling!

Working with my excellent team, this is the basic process we followed to achieve this transformation:

  • The whole area was excavated
  • A 150-200mm compacted base was added
  • Paving was laid using a wet 4/1 sharp sand mix
  • Pointing was applied using iron and a dry 3/1 building sand mix
  • For the fencing - picket posts were secured using postmix
  • Around the edge - 20mm shingle was levelled on top of weed suppressant fabric

 

 

The Benefits of Paved Driveways

If you're thinking about getting your driveway done, here's a quick list of the benefits of paved driveways:

  • Although sealants have improved, properly laid and pointed paving is weed RESISTANT.
  • Each individual slab has a greater surface area than driveway blocks supplying a far more stable surface.
  • The compacted base and concrete mix used to construct paved driveways is far stronger than the compacted sharp sand element used to build block paved driveways.
  • We believe they are easier to maintain and look better for longer, for example when you pressure wash sandstone paving it looks far better than a driveway block.
  • Using block for your drive can give it the look of a supermarket car park! By using a natural stone it creates a much softer and subtle feature, as well as a more elegant look with a high quality finish. 

 

Now this project is complete and the customer is happy with the finished area we're moving on to our next project......a natural stone driveway!!

 

Philip Holmes