Asked on Feb 01, 2019

How can I create a one or two car parking space in my yard for cheap?

Jaime Sloan
by Jaime Sloan

We have a small lake house and the water runs across our short driveway area( which isnt paved) and floods the parking area. So not only does it make a mess tracking in sand and dirt both in car and house, its a muddy disaster when it rains and we have even had our new car get stuck recently due to the excess rain this past season.

This angle is from paved part of driveway,which we share with other lake houses. So ours just branches off into a gravel turned dirt turned muddy mess. And I d like to fix water runoff to go past our yard and then turn somewhere between our neigjbors house and then make a little raised or parking area that is affordable and easy to do/maintain ourselves.

This is what I'm dealing with on a dry day...

This little house will be cute when fixed up though. Esp with some landscape and curb appeal. Definitely adding window boxes and some woodwork detailing under the eves to give it a cottage feel. So with that style in mind, I need ideas of how to solve my delimma and keep the rustic cottage feel,yet make it simple and clean...

  7 answers
  • Larry miller Larry miller on Feb 01, 2019

    bring in a load or more of stone, not too fine or coarse, shovel and rake it out, will reduce mud or standing water

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  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Feb 01, 2019

    It needs to slope slightly downward toward the road with a path for water to drain. You can try a base of crusher run and then a load of rock, probably size 57 which is a mixture of two sizes. If you have a rock quarry in your area, they can most likely arrange for a delivery. You might want to consider renting a trencher for a day rather than digging the drainage path by hand with a pick &/or shovel.

  • Em Em on Feb 02, 2019

    Build a barrier before you put down stone or it will travel. Use pavers, landscaping ties, or whatever you like. The cheapest is ties, drill 3 or 4 holes in them large enough to accommodate rebar. Place, then cut the rebar at least a foot deeper than the tie and pound into the holes once placed. It keeps the gravel, rock or whatever you use from spreading out.

  • Deb K Deb K on Feb 02, 2019

    Hi, have a load of road crush brought in, it is fairly inexpensive. You can purchase landscape ties or blocks to go around 3 sides and define the parking pad, and line the driveway to hold the crush in place, it levels easily with a rake.

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Feb 02, 2019

    Doing this job cheaply will only leave you with having to constantly redo it. You have some good suggestions, but most look fairly expensive. I like the idea of the retaining wall, then putting down the gravel with the system shown in some of the videos. Save your money and do it right the first time and you'll save money, time and hassle in the long run.

  • Sandy Murray Sandy Murray on Feb 03, 2019

    You can also try broken bricks from building sites and pave the Ares with them.

    White painted rocks will define the parking areas!

    Good luck happy planning! Keep us informed! XXX