Not every home comes with a driveway, but it’s a great feature to allow for extra space. Driveways also provide an aesthetic benefit, drawing in passerbys to your home.
If you don’t have a driveway leading up to your home, there are a couple of steps you can take to make your own:
Create parking space
The easiest way to quickly create a space to park your car is to tear out some grass and put down mulch in its place. It looks clean and fresh and can take only a day to complete.
However, it’s important to know that mulch doesn’t last forever. The weather causes the mulch to degrade and wash away over time. Ultimately, it may be cheaper to simply pour down concrete. In the meantime, turn to the store for some landscape barrier.
If you’re looking for a less risky and inexpensive alternative, try loose materials, such as small stones, crushed shells, or gravel.
If you’re going for a more traditional driveway, use pavers for a brick or concrete driveway. You can hire someone to install it or you can do it on your own. Start by excavating the desired area. Use a base material and pack it down into the desired slope. Next, put in a small layer of sand. Then put in pavers and a border. Finish with another small layer of sand and sweep it into the cracks. If everything is done well, your driveway should last many years.
Use classic concrete
Concrete is the most frequently used driveway material because it’s inexpensive and lasts a long time. It’s not too difficult to install, but it may be a bit more challenging for a first-timer. If you’re new to pouring concrete, start smaller- like with a sidewalk- before you start working on a driveway.