Maximize Space in Your Custom Built Home

Building a custom home is a great experience. But sticking within your budget can be difficult. When figuring out how much your new home is going to cost, you usually have to think in terms of square footage. But there are ways to increase your square footage and still save. For example, building up by adding a second story on the house is less expensive than building out, because that’s less area that will need a foundation and roof coverage. I started this blog to help you find ways to get the space that you need in your custom home, without having to spend more than you can afford. Building my custom home was the best money I ever spent, and I’m happy to help you learn how to get the custom home you want.

Top 4 Asphalt Paving Tips

Construction & Contractors Blog

Paving an asphalt driveway can be tricky. The best thing you can do is hire a professional. If you want to pave your driveway yourself to save money, there are certain tips and tricks you need to keep in mind. Here are four tips for asphalt paving:

1. Use slopes

You don't want puddles all over your driveway when it rains. While paving your driveway, make sure the asphalt slopes down from the middle to the edges. You don't need a sharp incline, just a slight one. Build drainage ditches on either side of the driveway at the edges so the rainwater will trickle down into the storm drains on the street. Unless you manage to pave an extremely level driveway, don't block the edges with crowns.

2. Support your driveway

Just like your house, your driveway needs a good, solid foundation. You should install the proper base for your driveway. There are several factors to take into account. Here is a guideline:

  • Is your soil made from clay? Your base needs to be eight inches thick.
  • Is your soil made from sand? The base needs to be four inches thick.
  • Keep in mind thicker is not always better. A base that is too thick can cause the asphalt to crack or split.
  • Allow the base to settle for a minimum of a few days, ideally for one week.

3. Fill in asphalt quickly

The asphalt needs to be added and smoothed quickly. Asphalt dries in only about an hour or two. Plan every aspect of paving. Know where to start and where to stop. You also need to know how much asphalt to add. A solid, long-lasting driveway is typically about two inches thick. Once you know where to pave and how much asphalt is needed, take the weather into account. If it's raining or the humidity is high, the asphalt will take longer to dry and compact which will make it weaker. After you apply the asphalt to the base, have a compactor ready to go before the asphalt dries.

4. Let the asphalt breathe

Just because the asphalt is dry that doesn't mean you can use your driveway quite yet. You need to let the asphalt settle before you can start parking your car. The asphalt needs one to two days of settling before you can use it. If you start using it too soon, the asphalt can get grooves and indentations or even begin to crack. After two days, apply a seal to your driveway to protect it from the elements and give it a longer life.

These are four tips you should always keep in mind while paving your driveway. Visit for more information. 


14 January 2016