Thursday, 6 March 2014

A Driveway Upgrade

Back in 2009 when we brought this house there was no driveway at all.  It was just a couple of tyre marks on the grass.  I tried to find a photo but do not seem to have any.  We had a load of gravel, about 3 cubic metres tipped in a pile which I then spread by hand (never again) to give us a straight driveway from the street to the garage.
A year later we extended the gravel towards the house and into our newly rebuilt shade house, this I do have photos of.

Originally the area between the house and drive way was grass with a few pavers
which we put in at the same time as the first lot of gravel.

Another cubic metre of gravel was all it took to link the driveway with the house.
The gravel driveway made a big difference and we were no longer getting muddy feet trying to get inside. But there was never a proper edge and over time the gravel crept into the lawn and the lawn into the gravel.  So hubby gathered up a whole lot of stones we had lying around and made an edge to hold the gravel in place. He also took the opportunity to straighten the edge and level out some of the lumps where the dirt kept coming through and growing weeds.

Of course the number 1 helper is always involved.

Then we got the new gravel delivered which this time was not dumped in 1 big pile but spread out a bit, and it was Hubby who did the spreading this time.

Nice new edges the keep the gavel where it should be.
We are really happy with how it turned out and this just makes the front of the house look so much neater.

Hopefully the gravel is now thick enough to keep the weeds down too, time will tell.


  1. Looks good! Love the helper :)

  2. Looks great, and practical too.

  3. It does look good Fiona. I hope that you were sitting on the verandah supervising! cheers Wendy

  4. It certainly makes a huge difference and yes, having the border or edge so the grass/gravey do not misbehave is the key. You won't want to move to NZ after you have your house looking so nice. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

  5. Thanks everyone.
    Yes Wendy I did supervise from a distance but I have to be careful not to give too much advice or I get in trouble.
    Kathy I think we will still be happy to move but I am not sure how long we will have to enjoy the fruits of our labors.


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