How to Build a Driveway Apron

Project details

Skill

1 out of 5 Easy The cobbles install with ease, but the prep is strenuous.

Cost

About $780 for a 12-foot-wide driveway, plus rental equipment

Estimated Time

Two full 8-hour days

You just landscaped your yard and are looking to tackle another home improvement project outdoors. How about design landscaping your driveway?

What is a driveway apron?

It’s the area where your residential driveway meets the street pavement. You can transform that plain patch of tarmac by tearing up the section above the curb and replacing it with materials that look like they were taken from the streets of Brussels itself.

But instead of laying cobblestone one by one, check out these time-saving manufactured concrete cobbles. They're produced in mats like those for mosaic backsplash tiles, and they install almost as easily. Follow along as senior technical editor Mark Powers shows you how.

Pavers: Straight Pattern cobbles in Charcoal, by Cobble Systems, about $5 per square foot; Cobble Systems.

Grout: EcoSystems permeable grout, about $1.50 per square foot; EcoSystems.

Driveway Apron Details

Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Day-to-day Timeline

Friday: Measure and mark the driveway and remove the old paving (Steps 1-5).

Saturday: Prepare the bed, lay the cobblestones, and grout (Steps 6–18).

How to Build a Cobblestone Driveway Apron

1. Measure the Driveway

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2. Mark a Cutline

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3. Cut the Driveway

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4. Remove the Waste

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5. Check the Depth

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6. Add Leveling Sand

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7. Compact the Leveling Sand

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8. Begin Laying the Cobblestone Mats

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9. Interlace the Mats

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10. Continue the Courses

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11. Cleave the Edge Cobbles

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12. Fill the Gaps

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13. Compact the Cobbles

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14. Mix the Grout

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15. Prep the Surface

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16. Pour the Grout

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17. Spread the Grout on a Diagonal

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