Driveways

We provide driveways for any garden. All of the driveway photos below are from work undertaken by ourselves.

Driveways

Above all a drive has to be functional. The base should be adequate and sound; generally 150mm of compacted ‘Type 1’, or an equivalent material, is considered appropriate. If the soil under the base is not adequately load-bearing, a geotextile material will be needed.

The edges need to be secure and this is achieved by setting the edging material into a concrete foundation strip. Within this secure retaining edge a variety of materials can be laid to provide the drive surface.

Then, the drive should relate to the property it fronts and be appropriate in style. This need addressed by using sympathetic materials, colours and design.

The most common surfacing materials are the various concrete pavers available in many sizes and colours. These can be laid in a variety of designs, and colour combinations, on a compacted sand layer. Between the loose pavers and the hard edges, pavers need to be cut to fit the remaining voids. The accuracy with which these pieces are cut and fitted can contribute to the overall appearance. We use a disc cutter for accuracy. On completion kiln dried sand is brushed into the joints and the surface adequately consolidated.

Natural stone ‘setts’ are available, attractive, and more expensive than those in concrete. However, where set in mortar and used to edge alternative surfacing materials such as ‘path gravel’, can be very effective. ‘Path gravel’ has been used as a traditional surface for country drives and Church paths. It provides a much ‘softer’ and sympathetic surface than pavers and is naturally permeable.

With all drives, surface drainage should always be considered and adequate provision made to take surface water safely away. In some cases ‘soakaways’ may need constructing.

Note that where a drive or parking area is being constructed over a front garden, adjacent to a road, the requirements of The Environment Agency ‘Guidance on the permeable surfacing of front drives’ should be noted and observed. This dictates how a suitable permeable base layer may be achieved, the type of permitted surfacing material and how drainage issues can be addressed.