Concrete Driveway Extension

Unless you build a house yourself, and know your specific needs, you will most likely have things that need to be changed around your home to suit your lifestyle. We recently poured an aggregate driveway extension just south of Nashville in Thompson Station, TN that is a perfect example.

pea_gravel_driveway.jpgThe homeowner has a nice pull behind camper, and although he has a nice sized pea gravel turnaround leading into his garage, the turnaround became very small and cramped when he parked his camper there. The homeowner decided to simply extend his concrete turnaround to create the much needed room for the family camper.

There was quite a bit of slope in the ground beside his turnaround, so going too wide with the driveway extension was out of the question. The homeowner decided to extend his turnaround just about the width of his camper. This would get the camper out of the way and give the family their turnaround space back.

aggegrate.driveway.jpgBecause the slope was so drastic, the homeowner opted to turn down the concrete versus building up with gravel. The camper weighs alot so he was concerned about strength. Not only did turning down the concrete create strength, but it really gives a finished look to that high side of the concrete turnaround because it’s exposed aggregate as well.

For even more strength we poured the overall slab five inches thick and reinforced it with wire and with rebar in the front, which is a weak area and prone to cracking. We also tied it to the existing concrete turnaround by doweling half inch rebar into the concrete.

The home was at least 10 years old and oftentimes it’s hard to exactly match aggregate when you are spanning that kind of time gap. Rock that was used 10 years ago may not be exactly the same size or color as the rock a concrete company is using today. The rock ended up being a little smaller, and to the trained eye there is a difference, but all in all it was a pretty good match

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