Ecology + Design

Gravel Driveway & Custom Walkway Masonry | Irvington, NY

This Irvington resident approached us with a driveway problem: the existing gravel driveway kept migrating – the gravel would move out of place, create holes and an overall messy aesthetic.  On the other side of the house, a former parking area was now a compacted lawn area that ponded water in storm events leading to a muddy mess.

The client wanted to restore the existing gravel driveway and create a more structured secondary parking area in the muddy lawn.  Upon completing a site visit, we determined that the existing driveway did not have a properly constructed, compacted base that is standard protocol.  This was causing the gravel to move during storms, frost heaves, heavy traffic, etc.

Watch the full video below:

Green Jay used the gravel on-site to create a new base for the new parking area and installed the existing driveway base properly.  Bedford Gravel spread the decorative gravel with ultimate efficiency (see video). We used on-site boulders for the driveway edging and as a boulder rail on a new set of outdoor steps.

We also removed a slate on concrete walk and replaced with 2’x2’ bluestone squares, culminating in a custom cut ‘square-in-circle’ bluestone landing.  The client said it reminded her of a Chinese coin from her childhood.  Love hearing how our designs resonate with clients! Repointing and expanding the existing landing helped rectify the scale of the hardscape and house. Installing edging and window wells were the finishing touches on this landscape construction project, ready for some native woodland plantings!

Jay Archer

President, Landscape Ecologist



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