Thursday, April 18, 2013

Parking Pad!

So, we've always planned to turn the back area into a parking pad, it just wasn't taking first priority because of the front room (which we haven't really worked on in quite some time). But the house 3 doors down just sold, and the new owner is planning to turn his back area into a parking pad soon.

-- interesting fact: that house was owned by the daughter of the owner of our house, and the two houses, prior to demolition, look very very similar on the interior. --

Ok, so our new neighbor is planning to put in a parking pad, so we contact the same guy to get a quote. He'll give us each a 10% discount if we do them at the same time. The problem with this is that I have this big elaborate plan on how to turn it into a parking pad, but also be able to still have the pups outside with a fenced in area. Plus, I'd like to decrease the impervious surface area back there. My ideal would be a nice green lawn (lawn being used loosely here, since we're talking about an area under 300 square feet). There is even a product that would hold up to being parked on, but I doubt we can afford it. It looks like this:
Here's the link: Invisible Structures

The other idea I have is permeable pavers, to allow something to grow through. Kinda like this:

So, we got a quote for a "medium priced" paver to replace the existing concrete in the back. The quote includes all the work involved, but I couldn't tell on the phone (yea, they left me the quote on my voice mail) if it includes the cost of the paver itself as well. Either way, the quote is for $4500. For under 300sf. So, Nate and I are now thinking we can do this ourselves. Anyone done anything like this themselves? Was it worth it? Should we just pay the man?

Another thing we're thinking of too, is gravel, specifically Gravel-Lok. Here's some of the options with that company:


Thoughts? We welcome comments!!
(And please let us know if you'd like to volunteer to help!)

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