Driveways

The front of your house is the first thing your guests see when they pull up to your home. A quality driveway can 1) substantially increase curb appeal, and 2) drastically improve the arrival experience. Here are a few things to consider when thinking about a driveway project:

  • Build new or resurface?
  • Concrete or asphalt?  (Disclaimer: AJD Builders only works with concrete)
  • Drive, play or both?  (Will the kids be playing on it, e.g. basketball, roller skates, etc.)
  • Natural grey vs. colored? 
  • Smooth vs. stamped?
  • Basic vs. decorative?
  • Full pave vs. ribbon?

Buyer Beware: Concrete driveways are a niche industry. Truth be told, there is a very limited number of driveway builders in Marin and Sonoma counties. For this reason we highly recommend getting at least three estimates for your driveway project. We've heard shameful stories about hard-working families paying $15,000 to $25,000 over the typical cost for a concrete driveway.

Regardless of whether or not you decide to work with AJD Builders, always make sure to do your due diligence—especially for a niche project like concrete driveways.

What the heck is a "ribbon" driveway?

Good question. In the pictures above, do you see the very first green house with the flag? This homeowner in San Rafael decided to build a ribbon driveway. This classic driveway design features green grass running between two parallel strips of pavement.

Dating back to the 1920s, the design was born before the days of paving. After long periods of parking the car in the grass driveway, ruts formed, leaving only a patch of grass down the middle. Eventually the ruts were filled in with concrete, and the ribbon driveway was born.

Nowadays the design is making a comeback due to its environmental benefits and nostalgic appeal. Environmentalists are drawn to the design for several reasons: It requires less impervious material, features additional greenery and means far less water runoff. If you want to go green, the ribbon driveway could be for you.