Permeable Brick Driveway – Day One

Posted on August 3rd, 2015 by John Foegley

Permeable brick driveways and walks are increasingly popular due to their ability to virtually eliminate storm water runoff. In addition to being eco-friendly, they look fantastic! This is the first of four articles which will document a permeable brick drive installation.

Permeable Drive - Before

Permeable Drive – Before

This 500 square foot driveway was a perfect candidate as the drive sloped from the road towards the garage. While water did not drain into the garage, it did pool on one side creating an area that was perpetually dirty due to standing water. Several concrete slabs also had unsightly cracks that would only get worse with time.

While is appears fairly straightforward, the project is a bit more complex than one might think. There needs to be a smooth transition from the road to the drive and the concrete apron at the garage slops over 3″ from right to left.

Concrete Demolition

Concrete Demolition

We brought in an excavator to handle the concrete demolition and excavation. It made short work of the concrete. Our lazer transit has the ability to compensate for slope and that made it fast and efficient to avoid over or under excavating to the proper sub-grade. By the end of day one great progress had been made.

subgrade excavation

subgrade excavation