How to Extend a Driveway Without Breaking the Bank

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If you’re not experienced in pouring concrete, hire a contractor to pour the extension. Wear protective eyewear and long-sleeve shirts, long pants and gloves to keep wet concrete off your skin.

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3. Add a Second Level of Gravel

Pour a second layer of gravel with rocks about the size of golf balls. Compact the layer with the tamping machine.

5. Install Pavers Over the Sand

Set the pavers into the sand in the pattern of your choice. Tightly butt the edges of the pavers together. Start at the corner between the existing driveway and one end of the expansion, then work your way outward.

Pavers are the Most Cost-Effective Way to Extend Your Driveway

No matter how your current driveway is made, if you want to extend it without breaking the bank, permeable pavers from TRUEGRID are the way to go. Their installation is so easy even your kids can help you, and the total cost can be outrageously low especially if you use TRUEGRID ROOT for stabilized grass parking.  Whether you use grass or gravel with TRUEGRID, you’ll never have to spend money on maintenance, even years down the road. 

In addition, their flood-prevention capability, eco-friendliness, stylistic variability, and long-term durability mean that using TRUEGRID permeable pavers is the best way to widen or lengthen your driveway without breaking the bank.

option for the base layer of a gravel driveway is item #4. Item #4 is comprised of sand, dirt, and golf ball-sized stones. This type of gravel is available in a few different variations including recycled item # 4, which is made up of recycled stones, brick, blacktop, concrete, and rock. 

There is also quarry item # 4, or crushed limestone, gray item # 4 which appears dark grey in color, and crushed bluestone item #4. Crushed bluestone item #4 is usually found in municipal driveways, though. 

The middle layer of a gravel driveway features stones closer to golf ball size, with #57 stone being the prominent type of gravel. Otherwise known simply as crushed gravel, #57 stone also helps promote drainage. 

Calculating Driveway Width for Additional Vehicles

The average car is seven feet wide and 15 feet long, whereas the average two-car driveway is between 16 and 18 feet wide. A great way to gauge the size of driveway you’ll need is by considering the width of a parking spot in a parking lot. Parking spots are generally about nine feet in width and 18 feet long.

Additional Play Space

Another great reason to widen your driveway is to add additional play space. A wider driveway can mean your children have a safe place for playing basketball and other sports. This is a much safer alternative to a street-facing basketball hoop. This also gives kids a safe space to play hopscotch, four square, or jump rope.

Driveway Expansion for Recreational Vehicles

A wider driveway also offers the perfect space for parking recreational vehicles. Many homeowner’s associations do not permit homeowners to park recreational vehicles on their lawns. An expanded driveway may be the perfect excuse to pick up a new boat. It can also give you the perfect spot for a new camper, trailer, or even collector’s vehicle.

More signs it’s time for a wider driveway:

●        There are tire trenches in the dirt next to your driveway

●        You see dead grass along the edges of your driveway from walking and driving on it

●        There is crumbling asphalt at edges of your driveway

●        You have to walk on grass instead of your driveway when you get out of your car

This Is How A Driveway Is Extended or Widened

We do not recommend doing it by yourself unless you have experience with construction tools and materials.

There are health hazards that you should consider before getting your hands in the dirt, pun intended.

If you have prior experience with digging and pouring concrete then you can move towards extending your driveway with some help easily.

If not, then you can learn about the steps and offer a helping hand when someone is extending your driveway.

  1. You have to start by digging at least 5 inches into the ground in the area you want to extend your driveway. It depends on your current driveway whether you’d need an extension on just one side or both. That’s something you have to figure out yourself.
  2. The next step is to fabricate the solid structures with 2-inch-by-4-inch dimensional wood to the ideal length and width of the extension. Drive stakes outwardly of the structures to support the sheets and then nail the structures to the stakes.
  3. Moving forward, you have to level the top leading body of your structures with a transit or a long craftsman’s level. Record for the current slope of your driveway. A standard driveway will slant or slope at least one-quarter inch for every 4 linear feet. After you’ve determined the slope of your existing driveway, change the high degree of your structures to match with the extensions.
  4. Now you have to fill the bottom of the structures with sand for 2 or 1 inches. The stand will help to stabilize the concrete and reduce the chances of cracking in the future.
  5. Next, you have to drill 6-inch holes deep into the exposed edges of the driveway, all of the holes should be 16 inches away from each other. . Then you have to fit-in the rebar rods into the holes. Make sure that the holes are halfway between the surface of the driveway and the surface of the driveway.
  6. Next, you have to use a hammer to help the rebar rods inside the holes. The rods have to be long enough to come out of the opposite edge of the structure.
  7. Now you have to add another rebar rod inside your structure to make sure it complies with the residential construction codes. The rebar rod will run at the correct angle in your driveway.
  8. Now it’s time to pour concrete with a concrete screed or a board to level the surface. A hand trowel is required to rub the concrete back and forth until the top is your desired level.
  9. You can go inside, watch a few movies or take some rest because it will take around 48 hours for the concrete to get hard. After that, you can fill your extended driveway with soil.

DOES WIDENING A DRIVEWAY INCREASE HOME VALUE?

If you have a very narrow driveway, it’s possible that widening your driveway will increase the value of your home. However, just like all home updates, value is in the eye of the potential home buyer. Many buyers are looking for extra parking space for storing their RV, boat or other vehicles.

If you’re looking to widen a driveway that’s already considered a standard size, it may not impact the value of your home either way. Just like any other exterior changes, you’ll want to carefully consider whether the width of your new driveway will look appropriate. If it appears too wide, you may end up decreasing the value of your home.

How to Extend a Driveway with Permeable Pavers

The process is insanely simple and can even be done in DIY fashion. First, you measure your intended expansion area and order enough pavers to fit accordingly.  

If your driveway doesn’t match the shape of the permeable paver grids exactly, these grids can be easily trimmed to fit your expansion area. 

Next, the intended area is excavated to a depth of approx. 9 inches, depending on your preference. If you have compacted gravel and are not looking for more drainage, as little as 2 inches of excavation may be needed.

Then, a thin cloth is laid at the bottom of the excavated area to block weed growth from below. Gravel, limestone, or an angular aggregate of your choice is poured into the excavated area and compacted. The permeable pavers are then laid over the top and easily snapped into place. 

After that, the pavers are filled and rolled with more aggregate, creating a level, solid surface.  Use fill aggregate that complements your home and landscaping.That’s the entire process in a nutshell. It’s so simple and quick you can complete it in a single day.

3. You will need more concrete than you think, including reinforcement

Rebar is short for “reinforcing bar”. It is made of steel and is necessary to stop your concrete from cracking. The correct way to use this type of reinforcement is to lay it directly in the center, or slightly above the center of the slab’s thickness. In order to do this, concrete professionals need “chairs”, which are plastic supports or special metal that props up the rebar grids. These grids are built by evenly spacing the bar pieces in a perpendicular pattern and tying them together with metal wire at each intersection.

5. Take note of any obstacles in the way of expansion

When deciding which direction you want to expand your driveway, make sure to consider any obstacles or elements in the path of expansion. Clearing out things like bushes, tree roots, and retaining walls can add time, expense, and extra labor to the project—so make sure you’re prepared for this before starting the project.

Attempting to expand your driveway by yourself can be a very daunting task. Contact one of Port Aggregates’ professional concrete contractors across Louisiana today for help expanding your driveway!

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