Building Your Own Gravel Driveway

If you are in need of a driveway, choosing to install a gravel one may be the way to go. They are inexpensive, easy to maintain, and simple to install. In fact, if you have some construction ability, you should be able to build the driveway yourself. 


You will need to rent some construction equipment, including a small bulldozer or a skid-steer loader with a scraper blade. If you will be hauling your own gravel, you will also need to rent a dump truck. Many places offer these types of rentals by the day, so you the cost will be manageable. For instance, a dump truck can be rented for approximately $200-$400 per day. Talk to a professional construction company like McNabb Construction Ltd about obtaining the necessary materials.


You will first need to use the bulldozer or loader to remove the topsoil along the path of your driveway. Rather than guesstimate, you need to mark the path of your driveway using landscape stakes and twine. Make the driveway as deep as you wish, remembering that each layer of rock you use should be between four to six inches deep. You should also make the driveway with a slight slope along its length in order to drain water away from your garage or house. Also, pack the ground by running over the dirt with your equipment.


You have some leeway in how much gravel you order and what kind it will be. Experts suggest using a base layer of crushed #3 gravel, followed by a layer of crushed #57 gravel. You can then top it off with a layer of crushed #21. However, you do have other options. Consult with your supplier for suggestions. If you are hauling your own gravel, you can determine when each layer needs to be picked up. If you are hiring a service to deliver the stone, you need to have each layer brought a few days apart. They then must be properly spread and packed. Slightly peak the gravel in the middle of the driveway to encourage water to drain off to the sides. You will have to do the edging work by hand, using shovels and rakes.

You can create your own driveway using rented equipment and some sweat. You may also want to recruit your friends and relatives to help with the gravel spreading. Doing the work yourself will save you money and allow you to craft your driveway just the way you wish. In just a few days, you will have an attractive and durable addition to your home.