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Decorate around your driveway
Dear James: I just converted my old one-car
garage into a study and built a new two-car
garage. I would like to install some type of
decorative or unique driveway to it. What options
do I have?
Dear Brenda: A two-car-width driveway is a
wide area, and it can make a difference in the
overall appearance of your home. After all, 95 percent
of the people visiting your house will come
by car. The first thing they will see and walk on is
the driveway, so make it a distinctive entrance.
Laying a brick driveway can create unique color
and patterns, and it certainly is a project most
homeowners can handle themselves. Bricks are
readily available in most areas at a very reasonable
They are also durable enough to handle the
weight of a car. The gaps between the bricks allow
water to quickly drain to eliminate puddles. In
cold or rainy climates, the surface texture of the
bricks and the many edges create a nonslip surface
for tires and for foot traffic.
For a distinctive appearance, check with some
local demolition companies to locate used bricks.
These often are available in a variety of colors
which you can mix for your driveway. If you find
some which were inside a chimney, these black
ones can add a unique antique appearance to your
driveway. Laying the bricks on angles in a herringbone
pattern is particularly attractive.
Lay a bed of crushed gravel covered by a smooth
bed of sand. Place the bricks on this bed and then
fill in the gaps with more sand. If a brick does
break in the future, it is easy to replace it with a
new one. When you buy your bricks, purchase a
couple dozen extra for future repairs.
Pavers are another do-it-yourself driveway option
to consider. They look somewhat similar to
bricks, but they interlock creating a more stable
driveway. They are designed specifically for this
application, but are quite a bit more expensive
than bricks. You should create the same type
of gravel and sand bed for pavers as you do for
Stone creates the most attractive driveway of all.
There is a wide range of color, sizes and textures
available so you can create any natural look you
desire. Colorful stones can be found at a local
stone quarry or some landscaping shops. Stones
can get heavy, so you will likely need a helper to
build the driveway.
When you select your stones, choose large ones
with angular edges. This makes them more stable
than smaller ones under the weight of a car. Definitely
avoid rounded stones because they will not
stay in position when cars repeatedly drive over
them. Plan on doing some re-stoning every year to
keep it looking nice.
Another option is concrete, but it will have to
be professionally installed. Concrete is the most
durable of all driveway surfaces. It also creates a
smooth hard surface which is easy to keep clean
of leaves, dirt and snow.
To create a unique appearance, consider making
a curved driveway. With concrete, you can make
any shape you wish. Forms are also available to
create various textures in the surface to simulate
stone or brick patterns. The form is just pressed
down into the concrete before it totally sets up.
Send questions to Here’s How, 6906 Royalgreen Dr.,
Cincinnati, OH 45244 or visit dulley.com.
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