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Contemplating A Chip Seal Driveway


Now that Matt and I’ve the wheelchair van, and we’re getting out and about frequently, I’ve been pondering loads about our driveway state of affairs (or lack of driveway state of affairs). At one time, it seems that our home had a gravel driveway, however the gravel has been principally gone for a really very long time. Ever since we moved into this home, there have solely ever been remnants of a gravel driveway that was.

Plus, the unique driveway solely went from the road to the entrance of the storage, which you’ll see right here. This image was taken when the storage was nonetheless a storage, and earlier than I had achieved any updating to the outside of the home.

However the “driveway” was a straight shot from the road to these storage doorways.

Then we turned the storage into my studio, which meant eradicating these storage doorways and shutting up that entrance wall, after which we added a carport on the again of the studio. So now, our “driveway” is at the very least twice so long as the unique because it goes to the aspect of the home by the studio, and to the again the place the carport now sits.

That is an previous image that was taken earlier than the carport was added, and earlier than the concrete pad beneath the door was poured, however you possibly can see that the entrance storage doorways have been changed with home windows. So it now not is sensible to park in entrance of the studio, despite the fact that I nonetheless do.

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However when our driveway is lastly poured, it won’t go to the entrance of the studio and useless finish into the entrance of the studio. As a substitute, it should curve and go to the aspect of the studio (I usually park proper subsequent to that aspect door and use that door as my major entrance and exit), and proceed to the again to fulfill up with the carport, which once more, isn’t proven within the image above.

All that to say that our driveway will now be at the very least twice so long as it could have been had we stored the storage as a storage. And that’s exactly why we haven’t had a driveway poured but. It’s been 8.5 years, and we nonetheless don’t have a driveway as a result of I’ve solely ever thought of concrete, and that’s going to price a small fortune.

So I’m now beginning to take into account different choices. Have you ever ever heard of chip seal? Do you’ve a chip seal driveway? If that’s the case, I’d love to listen to your ideas.

Chip seal is new to me, and it solely got here to my consideration not too long ago after I began seeing ads from an area chip seal firm in Waco each time I’d log onto Fb. From what I can perceive, chip seal begins with a base of asphalt, after which gravel is embedded into the floor of the asphalt when it’s nonetheless moist, giving the look of a gravel or uncovered combination floor, but it surely’s achieved at a fraction of the worth of concrete.

I’ve to confess that it has a really charming look to it, however all the footage I’ve seen from this native firm appear to be of nation roads or driveways main as much as homes out within the nation. And certainly one of my major points with the images I’ve seen is that none of those roads or driveways have clear edges.

In different phrases, when concrete is poured, they first construct a type for the perimeters utilizing wooden and stakes within the floor to maintain the types in place. Should you’ve ever seen concrete poured (which I’m certain all of you’ve) then you understand this. Right here’s an image from once we had our new entrance sidewalk poured. They constructed a type for the perimeters utilizing 2 x 4 lumber, after which poured the concrete inside the shape.

When the concrete is dry, the types are eliminated, and the concrete has good, clear, outlined edges.

In order that’s what I’m used to, and that’s what I like.

Once I referred to as the corporate to ask questions in regards to the chip seal, this was one of many major questions I wished to know. Can the chip seal be poured in such a method that it has outlined edges such as you get with concrete? The reply was, “Properly, sort of.”

And that’s what makes me not leap in with each toes on this concept. I do know it most likely appears foolish to some, however I like these outlined edges nearly as a lot as I really like (and want) symmetry in my life. If his reply had been an emphatic, “Sure! We may give you these outlined edges,” then I wouldn’t hesitate to decide on chip seal over concrete, as a result of I actually do love the look of it.

Listed here are some examples. I like the best way that this one has outlined edges utilizing cobblestone. So that could be an possibility for our driveway.

Right here’s a grey one, so I’m guessing you possibly can select from a number of colours of gravel.

Right here’s one other grey chip seal driveway with a stone edging.

So I’m contemplating it. I do just like the look of it general. I feel it’s very charming and appears like one thing you’d see main as much as a really cute cottage. However since I’ve no expertise with it, I’m questioning how properly it holds up, and likewise questioning about these edges. Is a stone border the one solution to get these outlined edges? I’m simply undecided. So you probably have expertise with chip seal, I’d love to listen to your ideas!

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