Best way to make walking space on either side of driveway,

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My driveway is the size needed only to enter a 1 car garage. Sometimes getting out on wet grass, or an uneven surface can be difficult for myself or visitors. I'm considering stepping stones, a paver treatment, or just pea gravel. What is the best approach in an area that has cold/snowy winters.

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  • Since you live where it snows, I would vote for a cement paver, easier to shovel snow off of when necessary.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Jul 07, 2018

    First, determine how much space you need to maneuver well when you get out of your vehicle.... 24 inches, 36 inches? I would measure the distance that the open door requires, and then enough room to get around that door.. Then decide what kind of materials you are going to use, gravel, decomposed granite, paving stones, etc. Look online, Craig's list for materials, sometimes you can find pavers or bricks, etc... free.. simply by picking them up.... or at very reduced prices... you may want to rent a trailer or truck to haul them, so you don't have to make more than one trip.

    -You will need to decide if you want to go the full length of the driveway, or just provide

    the extra space in the area that you park your car..

    -You will need to remove any grass or weeds or plants in the expansion area

    -You will need to remove enough dirt to allow for the new materials to be level with the

    driveway surface (no trip hazards) and that depth will be determined by the materials

    you plan to use....

    -You will want to put down some sort of weed barrier for easy maintenance.. landscape

    fabric will hold up better under gravel than plastic... especially if you happen to drive

    over it.

    -If you decide on gravel, pea stone, or decomposed granite... you will probably want to

    use a border (like for garden beds) and/or a stabilizer, like a "gravel grid' (google search)

    to help keep the stuff in one place and from wandering all over.

    You could of course do concrete... and it could be a DIY project (we are pouring a "pad" in front of the tool shed... 1 square.. 3 ft X 3 ft X 3 inch, each... at a time... takes about 7 of the 60 lb. bags for each pour) We pour alternate pads... then fill between... think of a checker or chess board.... do the black squares first... then fill in the red ones...

    With our AZ temps being in the 110+ range... we are on hold until the fall... but we are doing it ourselves with the assistance of a small cement mixer (you can rent one... but the small one costs less than a rental would be)... and use a concrete mix that gives you a longer "working time"

  • William William on Jul 07, 2018
    I agree! Pavers would be the best choice. Pea gravel would just be moved around and shoveled off in the winter.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jul 07, 2018
    Agree a textured concrete paver would be best, just make sure you prepare the base right by removing sod.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL1hkWZvp8Q

  • Oliva Oliva on Jul 07, 2018
    Make sure you dig deep enough for freeze thaw effect on your pavers/bricks.

  • Dedra Thomas Dedra Thomas on Jul 07, 2018

    You guys are fabulous. Thanks bunches.