Curb Appeal | How to Build a Driveway Entry
Home Entrance Decor
Improve the look and perceived value of your home with this Curb Appeal | How to Build a Driveway Entry. In just one weekend you can create this dramatic driveway entry and improve your front yard curb appeal. This monument can be installed directly onto pavement or a patio as well as on an unfinished surface such as sod and soil. This example displays how to build on an unfinished surface by developing a foundation pad.
1. Plan the first course
Get started by setting out the entire first course of blocks. This is important because it will serve as a guide for where the sod and soil will be removed to build the wall base. To accomplish this split an AB York center-split block and set one half on each end of the wall panel. Then simply use a shovel to cut around the blocks to score the wall layout.
2. Eliminate Dirt and Sod
Next, set aside the first course of blocks. In the area previously marked, remove the sod and dirt. Please note, for the post placements excavate a hole 24 in. square, by 4 in. in depth.
For the wall placed between the posts, to match the width and location of the blocks, dig a trench 3 in. deep.
3. Prepare the Foundation
Roll up your sleeves and let’s create the foundation pad. Begin by putting 4 in. of base rock for the post locations. Then put 3 in. of the base rock into the trench between the posts. With a hand tamper, thoroughly pack the base rock you have just set.
This next step is very important to the longevity of your project. Carefully level the pad in all directions. Pay particular attention to the transition between the post and wall foundations, make certain they are of the same height and level with one another.
4. Build the First Post
The first post is the taller of the two posts to be built. To begin the base course, place four Corner Blocks with the long sides facing out. With a square, bring into line the blocks with a square. With a dead blow hammer level the blocks. Then set the second course of Corner Blocks on the post. Do this by alternating the pattern to offset the vertical seams.
5. Creating the Wall
To begin the foundation course, split an Allan Block York center-split block and place the split side against the post.
Next, set the six AB York blocks required to construct the base course. To finish the base course, use the other half of the AB York center-split block by placing the split side against the next post. The second course is easy, no splitting will be needed, simply set seven AB York blocks.
5. Build the Second Post
As clarified earlier, the second post will be shorter in height than the first post. At the end of the curved wall, create the second post. To begin, place 4 Corner Blocks with the long sides facing out. Make certain the corner blocks are snug against the split block of the wall base course.
As before, with a square align the blocks, and level with a dead blow hammer. Carry on stacking a total of four courses; remember to alternate the pattern on each course.
6. The Step Down
Commence to step down the block wall on the third course. Note, the third and fourth courses will only touch the taller of the two posts.
Carefully split an AB York center-split block. Next carefully set the split side against the first post. Then position 4 AB York blocks to complete this course.
For the final course, place 2 AB York blocks next to the first post to finish this course. This will accomplish a subtle step down effect to the other post.
7. Capping the Post
Top the posts with Post Caps. Simply, apply a bead of masonry adhesive close to the outer edge of each Corner Block and set the caps on top of the post.
8. Capping the Wall
Complete the wall with Allan Block Wall Caps. Where the block wall steps down, carefully set two caps on top of each other, this will create a more subtle look for the wall.
Please note there may be some slight spaces between the caps. These can be filled by cutting the caps to fit. Prior to cutting the caps to fit, score the top using a masonry blade equipped saw.
Set the split caps on the wall. To camouflage put the split side facing in and the finished side facing out against the post.
9. Apply the Adhesive to Caps
You are almost done! Using a tube of adhesive (such as SRW) apply a bead of adhesive along the front and back edges of the blocks. Also run a line of adhesive under the step-down caps.
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