Driveway construction – Planning to Construction


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Driveway construction is an important construction project at one stage or another for many homeowners, especially if it is already in place when they are buying their home.

Dobson Excavations is an Australian Family Owned and Operated Earthmoving and Excavation Company. Contact us today if you are looking for a specialist who can make the driveway for your property.

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    Driveway construction is an important construction project at one stage or another for many homeowners, especially if it is already in place when they are buying their home. However, the driveway is just as critical as any infrastructure in the home, especially since it should withstand the weight of the vehicles that move on it and weather elements. Additionally it’s also important aesthetically as the driveway is often shown very prominent at the front of the home. As the gateway into your home, your driveway gives visitors, realtors, and anyone interested in the property an idea of what to expect, so it needs to be done right.

    We service the entire Darwin area and surroundings, such as (but not limited to): Darwin, Adelaide River, Alawa, Bakewell, Batchelor, Bay View, Bees Creek, Bellamack, Berrimah, Berrimah, Casuarina, Coconut Grove, Durack, Fannie Bay, Fannie Bay, Farrar, Girraween, Girraween, Gray, Herbert, Herbert, Hidden Valley, Holtze, Holtze, Howard Springs, Humpty Do, Jingili, Johnston, Karama, Leanyer, Lee Point, Ludmilla, Lyons, Malak, Marrara, Millner, Moil, Moulden, Muirhead, Nakara, Nightcliff, Palmerston City, Rapid Creek, Rosebery, Stuart Park, Tiwi, Virginia, Wagaman, Wanguri, Winnellie, Wishart, Zuccoli .

    We also offer a wide variety of other services, such as: mini excavator and digger, digger hire, trench digger, site works, land clearing, pool excavation, bobcat slasher, excavator hire, bobcat hire, 6 wheeler tipper hire, earthworks and earthmoving contractors

    The Driveway design process

    Before the driveway construction starts, you need to decide on the aesthetics and practical aspects of the driveway. Do you need a parking area at the end of the driveway? Is a circular driveway with a garden as a centre piece ideal?

    Dobson Excavations recommends having a site plan before any construction commences. It will be easier making changes to the driveway plans before construction begins. You should have an idea of the types of vehicles that will frequently be using the driveway and provide enough space for them to pull in without risking damage to your lawn and garden.

    Choose materials that can withstand the weather patterns in your area.

    Whether you are looking for concrete driveway construction or gravel driveway construction, the specialists of Dobson Excavations can advise you what the pro’s and cons are of each choice of materials.

    Budget for the driveway

    The driveway can appear to be a simple enough project, but it can become an expensive affair, especially if you opt for driveway construction without a plan of how much you intend to spend on it. Most of your decisions regarding the type of materials to use and the width and length of the driveway will come down to the affordability of the project. For example, can you afford a concrete driveway or is it more feasible for you to opt for gravel driveway?
    The best way to determine which driveway is more practical for you is by looking at the cost of concrete driveway and compare it with the cost of gravel driveway. Gravel is available in various grades, with some, like grade 3 being preferred for gravel driveway. This grade is also known as clean stone and provides the best foundation for driveways. It always ensures water drains easily from the driveway.

    Maintenance demands of the various driveways

    It is impossible to determine the budget for a driveway without considering the long-term financial implications of the various materials you can use for driveway construction. For example, compared to concrete which is more expensive, gravel is the cheapest material upfront, if laid and compacted correctly can last for many years before any maintenance is required, as you come up with the budget, it is important to look at the long-term implications of the material you choose for the driveway.

    When requesting a quote for driveway construction, Dobson Excavations recommends finding out the long-term financial costs of each type of option available to you. This is because, some driveways, like those with pavers, require less frequent maintenance but will evenly need replacing and are more expensive to do so, compared to when you choose gravel for the driveway construction, which will last just a long and not be as expensive as replacing pavers.

    A crushed limestone driveway has also increasingly gained popularity because of its versatility. It comes in various rock sizes, so you can get the kind of driveway that suits your style. The cost of constructing limestone driveways depend on stone availability and size of the driveway. Like the gravel driveway, the limestone driveway if rolled and compacted will last for years, before maintenance is required, so you need to consider take this aspect in to consideration when coming up with a budget.

    Liquid limestone driveway is a pourable mixture of cement and crushed limestone. This driveway is favored for its durability and versatile nature. Dobson Excavations will advise, and assist with the supplier to supply a sealant which helps it to resist staining. This also makes it easy to clean. Liquid limestone does not absorb heat as much as other materials, so it remains cool even on hot days.

    Consider your house architecture.

    Curb appeal is critical when coming up with the design and materials to use for the construction of your driveway. If possible, choose driveway material that complements the style of your house. For example, you can opt for crushed limestone to add colour to your property or choose two colours of pavers for a modern home. If you have chosen a rustic look for your home, then gravel may be the best material to use.

    Is your driveway leading to a quiet or busy street?

    If your driveway has no turning space, it is easy to back out into a quiet street. However, it might be a little difficult doing this in a busy area. Dobson Excavations will look at the best way to help you make maximum use of the available driveway space by either introducing a T-shaped or arc-shaped driveway.

    Integrate your landscaping and driveway

    Now that you are working on your driveway, it is important to have the element of continuity, even when you have a compacted gravel driveway. If well planned, your garden and lawn can draw greater attention to your driveway. For example, you may choose to line the driveway with plants. You can also use lighting fixtures for aesthetics and night lighting.

    Dobson Excavations ensures it is updated on any advancements in concrete driveway construction and improvements in other materials that make driveways more durable and attractive. Our team merges the functional aspects of the driveway and its curb appeal, which ultimately raises the value of the property.

    One of our strengths is we have all the necessary equipment to transport and compact the materials. This allows us to work as quickly and efficiently as possible. We also follow the set guidelines for concrete driveway construction which requires specific material compositions and construction process.

    Contact Us

    Call us on 0414 755 306 or send us an email at You can also fill our online form, and we will respond promptly to your queries. We will discuss everything to do with your driveway and ensure you are comfortable enough to decide on the style and building materials to use. We also work within the stipulated timelines.