New shaded parking area eats up tons of lawn and is so functional!
We lacked parking in the back for our guests. No one could park in the driveway without blocking in the garage. It was annoying, but would be even more annoying when the kids are driving so I wanted to take care of that now and create a useful spot to park. The other thing is that we always had to back out of the garage/driveway into the alley. Now we have a place to turn the car around and drive out frontwards which seems like no big deal but it is SO NICE to not have to back out such a long distance.BEFORE: Side yard that was never utilized for anything except storing junk.I should not say that, it was used to store kids paraphernalia and for wildflowers. The wildflower area was a pretty stop-gap but it did not provide the function we needed. Here is looking the other way toward my bamboo muhly grass/color guard yucca lane.You need to dig down parking areas at least 5 plus inches. Isn’t this bobcat a beautiful sight!? Was to me. No diamonds for this girl…it would be fun to drive one of these, eh? I should have asked!Then you need several inches of base – this is NOT fun. It is dusty, disgusting to breathe, heavy and …a chalky mess that blows into the air at the slightest breeze. I have been advised that it is imperative in parking areas though. Apparently, it is the base that provides the solid layer for vehicle parking so you don’t sink.You need to put several inches down.Do yourself a favor and get help with this stage so you can get it down, and cover it up quick. The sooner you are done with this stage the better! Did I mention how messy this stuff is?! Then your granite layer finishes it off nicely. I am really pleased with how it turned out.We built a little path and platform for the kiddos to visit with the neighbour kids. They love to chat in the hedge and we could not keep them from sitting in the dirt there chatting. So we made an opening and re-purposed stepping stones to make an area that is functional and cleaner for them.Soon we will build the modern shed where the photinia hedge is so we can back up to fuel with bio-diesel easier.I think we could do three cars here if needed…but certainly two very easily.
You could adapt this for the front of your home too if you did not adore parking on the street. It is nice to have your cars, and those of your family members or guests, tucked away safely on your property.
Next up: What I did with all that dirt dug up for the parking area!