Our landscape plan has a 20,000 litre rainwater tank buried in our front yard, so the pre-work for this future item was to re-route the stormwater runoff from the present location on the garage boundary, underneath the new driveway to the opposite side of the block.
Here's a good tip - get your landscape plan done before you sign off on your final house plans. I know those who build in new estates are required to do this for developer approval, but in an existing area knockdown/rebuild project it isn't a requirement. If we had done so however, I could have asked the builder to have the stormwater exit the property on the South side in the first place and saved us $2k.
Anyway, hindsight is a wonderful thing and the cost of moving our driveway location to the opposite side of the property goes up yet again!
The concreter will be back in a few days to seal the driveway (exact day depending on weather in the next few days) and also to prepare formwork for the new crossover and reinstate the old driveway to kerb and nature strip.
Now we need to save our $$ so the tank can go in as soon as possible, as we plan to dispose of the dirt from the driveway excavation and tank excavation in one go to save paying for equipment hire twice. Also, our stormwater won't get reconnected to the street until then and will wash dirt over the footpath with every downpour. I don't fancy enduring the task of sweeping that off for very long...!
|Trench for stormwater - 'old' pipe removed|
|Telephone, Water & Electricity lead-ins uncovered|
(and landscaper has marked on our plan)
|New stormwater - graded to run in the opposite direction to that laid by the builder|
|Pins drilled into front portico slab|
|Pins drilled into garage slab|
|Driveway after concrete poured|
|Before aggregate blasting|
|Final product (still wet)|
|Formwork to allow aggregate to be flush with future portico paving|