Driveway Add-on Looks Identical to Original, Adds Space for a Third Vehicle
The Mackensie family in Roy, Washington (eastern Pierce County) needed some additional driveway space for a third vehicle. AJB Landscaping & Fence had already built them a new cedar fence (visible in the pictures), so they came back to us for this concrete project.
The original driveway was built with exposed aggregate concrete, so the Mackensies wanted the new driveway extension to match as closely as possible. In addition, the front yard had some drainage issues, so we needed to build in a drainage system to prevent water from collecting on the driveway.
For those of you not familiar, exposed aggregate concrete is created by mixing pebbles, small river rocks, or other materials into the concrete. Once the concrete is poured, we slow the drying process of the surface of concrete by spraying on a retardant – in this case, a mixture of sugar and water. This allows the base to set while keeping the surface malleable. We then carefully remove the concrete paste from the top layer by using metal brushes and carefully spraying it off with water. This exposes the aggregate material while still keeping it secured in the cement.
Exposed aggregate not only adds character to concrete, but also adds traction. In a wet climate like we have in Pierce and Thurston counties, concrete tends to get slippery in the winter months. The exposed aggregate adds grip, in effect providing a non-skid surface.
We were very careful with this project to make sure that the driveway extension matched the original exposed aggregate driveway. As you can see in the gallery photos below, the extension is closely resembles the original driveway. Over the coming months, as the extension continues to cure, it will darken and become virtually indistinguishable from the original driveway.
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- Patio Extension Installation Patio Extension Installation
- Aggregate Concrete Driveway Poured Aggregate Concrete Driveway Poured
- Finished Aggregate Concrete Driveway Extension Finished Aggregate Concrete Driveway Extension
- Exposed Aggregate Driveway Detail Exposed Aggregate Driveway Detail
- Exposed Aggregate Driveway Extension Exposed Aggregate Driveway Extension