Seattle-area homeowner replaces gravel path with asphalt driveway
Redmond, Washington, Angie’s List member Chris Rotell and his wife, Olya, installed a new asphalt driveway on their large property, replacing the previous gravel path. They aimed to provide a smooth play area for their three children ranging in age from two to 12. However, preservation of the driveway was also a concern. “The gravel driveway was being washed out due to the location,” Chris says. “We live on a slope and the water would come down the hillside [and carry gravel away].”
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Chris says he and his wife were planning the work for about a year before they decided to complete the process. He says they were involved in some of the design aspects, but they relied heavily on the expertise of the company they hired. The Rotells chose highly rated Roads Paving of Kent, Washington, based on their reviews, products and experience. “We really liked what Roads Paving had to offer,” Chris says.
According to Chris, there were no major problems during the project, but there was a slight miscommunication that was handled agreeably. The confusion focused on how much of the driveway was cut away, which used more materials. “We worked out a price [$14,000] that worked out well for both parties,” Chris says.
The Rotells believe the new driveway adds value to the home, but they also enjoy the practicality of the asphalt. “We really enjoy having a smooth surface for the kids to ride their bikes on,” Chris says. “[I enjoy] not having to worry about a washed-out driveway.”