Friday, 12 October 2012


After what feels like an eternity, we finally have a driveway!  Oh, and a huge mound of dirt...

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


  1. OOOhhh Yay how exciting!!! Amazing what a different look to the house a driveway gives! Now for the painstaking wait to be able to drive on it :-( Looks great Nat!

    1. Thanks Mel - this weekend is the first drive into the garage. Woo hoo!

  2. The driveway looks fantastic! You must be so pleased.

    We've been in the house for a year now, without a driveway :(

    Do you know what the pins in the garage slab were for?


    1. Hi B,

      Thanks, we are pleased - especially me as it will reduce the amount of clay being brought into the house for me to clean! The entrance always looks like a mess of dust and muddy shoes!

      I put a response to your question on the pins on your blog, but in case you read it I'll post here too. The pins in the slab are supposed to tie the driveway concrete to the garage and portico slab so that in the event of any ground movement in future the two slabs will move together rather than separate where it may cause a lip (tripping hazard). Being on clay soil this is a good idea as it expands and contracts a lot. I'm not sure if it would be necessary on a sandy foundation, for instance.

      They did this on my old house with an extension I did, only with the footings for the new section they pinned to the footings in the old house. This was to reduce the risk of plaster walls cracking where the house was extended. I sold the house before I got to find out how well it worked (or not!)

    2. Thanks Nat!

      Do you mind me asking what the damp proof barrier thingy looks like in your portico? Do you have two layers, one in between the slab and the first row of bricks, and then another one between the first and second row? Also, how much will you build up your portico by?


  3. Cool, what a difference to your property a new driveway makes.
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