Whether you are looking at building:
- a private road with decomposed (crushed) granite,
- a private drive with road base,
- or just repair the current gravel style caliche private access to your property,
Making a solid plan before you get started can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars each year for the forseable future. Until you decide to rebuild it right!
Every road will need repair eventually, but wouldn't it be nice to know that that eventuality will be years away?
We never expect these worst case scenarios to happen. If we don't consider them from the onset, we are putting ourselves and all who might have access to the property in danger.
Don't forget that every time you come and go, you will be driving on this private road. That wear and tear is often more substantial than we often think.
If so, you'll be driving heavy equipment over the road putting strain on what might otherwise be sufficient for a little town car. You'll also want to consider clearance:
- both height and width of the road,
- turning radius requirements around bends,
- and ditch lines and culvert sizes to withstand the added vehicle width and weight burden.
A professionally designed, private drive will consider every vehicle for the next five (5) to ten (10) years as the property develops and grows with you.
They will survey the land for wash ways, deep soil, large boulders, etc. And they will utilize "bull rock", those 3 inch by 5 inch chunks of rock, as a sub-surface in any locations prone to becoming muddy after heavy rains, or showing signs of sinking.
All of these measures will turn it into a fully functioning well thought out private drive for your property.
If you live in the Texas Hill Country, we highly recommend working with a private road construction company that is FROM the area. Their familiarity with hill country drainage issues will better inform the design during the planning phase.