Double Driveway

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  1. Deako Paid Member Paid Member

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    When we decided to get a T4, we knew we would need to have a wider driveway. So we set about changing the current layout of the high maintenance front garden to a nice simple low maintenance double block paved drive.

    The garden\drive started out like this, courtesy of Google Maps:

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    1 Aug 2012 12:21 by LukeDeakin, on Flickr

    The tarmac was very poor. Very thin, only top layer, roots pushed it all up from tree and hedges.

    We started to chop down the tree and hedge an ended up with this. We also ripped up the existing tarmac. Lots of trips back and forth to the tip. the guys there accused us of ripping up the M6!! ;) We decided to do as much prep work as possible to get the price as low as possible for the rest of the work that was required.

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    31 Jul 2012 20:27 by LukeDeakin, on Flickr

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    31 Jul 2012 20:28 by LukeDeakin, on Flickr

    3x2 slabs had to go as well. Back breaking, lifting and shifting these bad boys. No wonder they are pretty much banned. Broke my back.

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    1 Aug 2012 21:08 by LukeDeakin, on Flickr

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    1 Aug 2012 21:08 by LukeDeakin, on Flickr

    This is how the driveway stayed up until this Monday. We decided to get some pros in to lift the stump, roots, and lay new hardcore and block pave the driveway.

    So from the 1st August until this week, we have had to put up with the above. This all changed, and over the past 2 days the transformation has happened. Today, this is the state of play:

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    11 Sep 2012 16:31 by LukeDeakin, on Flickr

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    11 Sep 2012 16:31 by LukeDeakin, on Flickr

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    11 Sep 2012 16:32 by LukeDeakin, on Flickr

    The guys are advising me that they will finish the drive tomorrow. 3 days is pretty good going imo.
     
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    Nice. I have all my front block paved. I can get 6 cars on my drive IF I didnt want to get in any lol
     
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    1990 Paid Member Paid Member

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    Nice job!!
     
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    rubjonny Administrator Staff Member Admin

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    Looks like a really nice job! But I'd rather live next door :lol:
     
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    Ahhhh ... and there was me expecting the next stage to be four posts and a roof extension ;)lol

    Looking good :)
     
  8. Nige

    Nige Paid Member Paid Member

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    I dug a stump out when building my other garage. Pain in the backside aren`t they !
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    took about an hour.
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    rubjonny Administrator Staff Member Admin

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    well id also have to build a double garage at the back, then front garage can be my wiring cave. gotta keep up with the jones' as they say :lol:
     
  10. Deako Paid Member Paid Member

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    Ouch, yes. The stump was a nightmare, thats why i gave up and left it for the digger in the end. The stumps from the large bush were bad enough. I dug 3 of them out with a pick axe and gave up again. Too many roots from the tree that were intertwined with it all as well.

    I have a sideway/lean to as well, which is mostly a utlity area as well as having all the car cleaning gear/jet wash in there. Ideal would be a side garage too, but beggers cant be choosers. [:D]
     
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    rubjonny Administrator Staff Member Admin

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    yah its not liek id be unhappy with all that tbh, my garage is in a block miles away so no power. what i really miss about our first place is the garage, it was a maisonette on top of the garage which had both power and running water, even had a sink! but unfortunately only a single bed so we had to move on eventually.
     
  12. Deako Paid Member Paid Member

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    Next challenge for me is trying to get the access road to the garage useable. I didn't mind driving the track car up there, but wouldn't drive a minter through the brambles. Need a petrol strimmer/mower.

    I might just douse the entire area in caustic soda too. Lol
     
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    see TSC thread on weed killing, some fun ideas in there :lol:
     
  14. Deako Paid Member Paid Member

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    Homemade napalm could be slightly hazardous in a built up area. LOL
     
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    Did it cost alot to drop the curb Luke ? We got charged 1500 to do ours !!!
     
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    Look at the first pic, kerb was already dropped. Been that way for a very long time I imagine. :)
     

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