New driveway project fixes drainage problem too
Lawrence Micheli’s driveway repair and replacement project was long overdue.
When the Cincinnati member bought his home in 2005, the driveway was in poor shape. He wanted to replace it immediately, but he didn’t have room in his budget at the time so he tried to fix it up himself.
“I repaired a few crumpled spots early on and resurfaced it in 2006,” he says. “But it started disintegrating again and the retaining wall was falling apart.” Because the condition of his driveway continued to deteriorate over the next few years, he eventually decided it was time to have it professionally repaired.
After contacting multiple companies, he chose highly rated DKF Construction of West Chester, Ohio, to remove and replace his driveway. He also had them remove and replace a support wall and three steps for the stairs, expand the driveway and install a handrail on the staircase. Because his downspout went into the basement before going to the sewer system, Micheli also had DKF divert the downspout to underneath his driveway to prevent basement flooding.
Micheli knew the design he wanted — one that was similar to the previous layout, but almost 300 square feet larger — and had DKF follow it. Including the extra features, the full project cost $19,500, he says.
During the process, Micheli loved watching the progress of the work, but his favorite part of the entire job was the finished project. “The best part was when it was concluded and I could use the driveway again,” he says.