Finding a 2 ½ acre wooded lot may seem like a dream come true to those of us who live in an Urban setting.
But the reality is, it adds a lot of work and cost to the price of building a home and developing the land.
The property had several gentle rises and falls as it spread before us. The landscape architect, survey company and builder worked with Bill and I to position the house on the property.
Our goal was to maintain as many trees and natural plantings as possible while providing Bill with privacy and terrific views.
To maintain all the transitions retaining walls were installed. Pavestone cement landscape blocks were used throughout the property.
Once the house was almost completed our attention turned to what types of materials do we want to use to create the long driveway and large parking area.
Bill’s first choice was pavers. But the square footage needed to accomplish our goals would have been cost prohibitive. It was my job to creatively design a combination of paving materials.
Bill selected Chicago Blend in two different sizes a 6 “ x 6”, 6” x 9”. I elected to use a cream-colored pea gravel for the motor court.
I stipulated pavers on the driveway approach from the street. Connected that to a black-top drive to the crest of the hill and edged it with a 10’ wide band of pavers. The pea gravel was used to pave the large motor court.
Loose gravel looks great but it does require more maintenance that pavers and does require some type of edging to keep it contained. The landscapers turned the Chicago 6” x 9” pavers on their side and cemented them in place to edge the motor court and planting beds.
To keep loose gravel from tracking into the house or the garage we used Pavestone pavers again. I designed a stair step design to add architectural interest to both these areas.
Whether you are paving a small area or a big space like Bill has, a creative design will allow you to keep the project within your budget and still give you a fantastic landscape vista.