New brick driveway for 1800's house

Old 04-02-03, 08:00 AM
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Question New brick driveway for 1800's house


I am wanting to build a new brick driveway for my old victorian home. The driveway is long and narrow...about 9' x 150'. One contracter told me that I have to have at least 3" of concrete beneath the brick driveway to support a vehicle. Besides the fact that concrete is so expensive, I am looking for the imperfect, uneven look of and old driveway and would like to know if I can make it without all that concrete expense. My fear is that if I do not use the concrete, I will have huge divets and holes in my driveway...but the old homes with brick driveways that I have seen are only sightly imperfect and uneven. Can I simply use sand like a walkway? Or maybe a mixture of sand and dry cement?

Please let me know if you know of any techniques or if you have any suggestions. Much appreciated!
Old 04-03-03, 06:11 AM
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Of course you can!! Actually, most of the new materials (brick pavers, stone pavers, concrete pavers, etc) are recommended for instalation without concrete. Just with a "bed" of sand.

Perform a "Search" in this Forum ( as "pavers"), you will find lots of discussions about this subject.

Hope this helps!
Old 04-04-03, 07:21 PM
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The bed of sand should be placed on 4-6" of stone base for a driveway other wise it will heave.

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