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How to design a driveway on a slope

Updated April 17, 2017

Paving your own driveway is a cost-efficient alternative to hiring contractors. Installing the driveway on a downward slope running away from your house or building is ideal for drainage purposes. You can make a weekend project out of designing and installing a lovely driveway pattern if you use pave blocks from a local home improvement retailer.

Visit your local home improvement retailer to purchase pave blocks that stylistically suit your home and driveway design. Speak with a sales representative for advice on which blocks are cost-efficient and best suited for designing a sloped driveway. Some pave blocks come in an intended design pattern, but others allow you the freedom to sketch your own layout.

Consider a design for the pave blocks that suits your driveway's downward slope. Sketch a layout if you are so artistically inclined. Otherwise, consult a home improvement specialist to make sure your intended block pave design is practical and will function properly as per the driveway's slope. Avoid large spaces between blocks in your design. The blocks should interlock and only allow space for a light covering of sand to fall between their cracks.

Mark the area you wish to pave if it is not already denoted. Section it off with rope or flag markers. This is not only important to the actual bricklaying process, but you also can use this area to preview your design.

Lay out some of the pave blocks over the intended driveway area as practice. Test out your design this way and decide how it will best fit when it is time to lay the pave blocks. Make sure the block pattern holds form along a downward slope. Remember to take the width dimensions of your edge restraints into consideration during your layout practice.

Things You'll Need

  • Pave blocks
  • Rope, tape or flags as markers
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