Designing a house entrance driveway: 8 mistakes not to make


You are going to create an alley and you know that in this case there are things to know and factors to consider before you start. As in many cases, poorly preparing your layout and not anticipating by thinking about the overall project can then cause problems. So do everything right the first time. Do you perhaps think to yourself that after all, building a driveway is coming with a big truck and spreading gravel on the surface? But that would be really too simple. In the case of a gravel driveway, there are several layers to consider, from the most functional to the most aesthetic. Here is an overview of the X common mistakes made when laying a driveway.

1 – do not plan

You are enthusiastic about this development project for your driveway and, as often, you want to go for it. You might think that planning is boring. Yet it is essential if you want to save both time and money. For example, have you thought about finding out whether or not there are pipes or cables in the ground at the location of the area you have planned to develop? So rather than get carried away by the excitement of the project, try instead to establish what your expectations are, and list the different stages. Because these actions are key elements of the process.

2 – Do not provide deep enough foundations

Another factor to consider is how deep to dig to accommodate the different layers you will be using. Not leaving enough room for a proper foundation is a major cause of problems down the road. Not digging deep enough means you risk your driveway sinking, cracking, or more flat over time, no matter what type of surfacing material you choose. Excavating to the right depth and choosing the right substrate as your base material will give you a good foundation to create a driveway that will remain level and stable for years to come.

3 – Not choosing the right geotextile fabric

Geotextile fabrics are a synthetic material for use in landscaping and construction projects to achieve, among other things, separation from the ground, its stabilization and drainage. Choosing a good geotextile fabric involves preventing the sagging of your driveway from distributing the load evenly when vehicles roll over the surface.

4 – ignore potential drainage problems

If you think you don’t have to worry about drainage, you might regret it. Because to create a perfect driveway, drainage is a real challenge. Inadequate drainage can cause flooding, accumulations. If you choose, for example, a gravel driveway, if it is poorly drained, a whole part may be eliminated. Your driveway may end up with a few potholes. This will mean an additional investment of time and money to fix it. With inadequate drainage, after rain, you may need to deposit a new layer of gravel. This can be costly in the long run. Hence the interest in planning well.

5 – Do not act against weeds

Imagine investing time, money in a driveway and then it finds itself overrun with weeds. Weeds can weaken the integrity of your surface and create problems. When digging, make sure the weed roots are removed. It is also recommended to apply a textile fabric specifically used to help prevent weed growth.

6 – don’t worry about the edge

The edging is an important element to consider in the construction of your driveway. If you choose to build a gravel driveway, the edging keeps the gravel where you want it to stay, while providing additional curb appeal and style. If you don’t plan for a curb, your gravel can shift and you end up with rocks under your lawn mower blades that get catapulted into the air, which can harm both people and cars. So make sure you don’t overlook the edging when planning your driveway.

7 – Choose a material that is too slippery

Better to opt for safety than for aesthetics. You don’t feel like breaking a leg or spraining an ankle while sliding down your driveway. So make sure the material you choose is weatherproofed. Make sure it is non-slip. Check the quality of your product, whether it is gravel, paving stones, wood, tiles, etc.

8 – Be too impatient

A common mistake is to barely tell yourself your driveway is finished: come on, let’s drive over it, release it to see how it works. That is to say, do not wait for the last stages and drive a big, heavy car there, even before your pavement is compacted or everything is well adjusted. Depending on the type of surface, you will need to be patient and wait the required amount of time before allowing anyone to use your new driveway.