Magnificent homes are deserving of impressive outdoor spaces as much as inspiring interiors. When Ivan Holding decided to renovate his 1970s home, Beggars’ Roost, he knew that a new gravel driveway was an essential feature to match the property’s splendour.
The challenges of gravel on a sloping driveway
Part of Beggars’ Roost’s grandeur is created from its elevated position, established by a gentle slope leading up to the house. It gives the property an impressive and prominent feel. However, over the years, the gradient on the existing gravel driveway had become a weak area, where gravel moved easily and had thinned, detracting from the home’s overall impression and kerb appeal. The age of the driveway was at the heart of the problem, having been laid using old methods that didn’t include any method to help gravel retention – now considered essential for modern gravel driveways on hills and slopes.
How do gravel retention grids work?
Whether they’re sloping or not, gravel driveways will benefit from having a gravel grid retention system installed beneath the stones. Beauxfort’s Gravelrings are flexible gravel mats with a strong, circular design to hold gravel in place and create a long-lasting, low maintenance surface. What’s more, the gravel grids have an integral mesh base that prevents silt build-up (another cause of uneven driveways) and resists unsightly weed growth.
Professional landscaper, Dave Sinclair, who installed the new gravel driveway at Beggar’s Roost, recommended Gravelrings to overcome the issue of gravel migration, but also because he knew how easy the gravel grid system is to install. With a low profile of just 25mm, the Gravelrings system requires a shallower excavation than other gravel retention grids, which is particularly helpful when working on a sloped surface. The result? Ivan achieved an even, neatly edged, stable limestone gravel driveway that became a feature worthy of his premium property.
Achieve the perfect gravel driveway with the Beauxfort Gravelrings system. Check out our website www.beauxfort.com for more information about the Beauxfort landscape systems, design inspiration and to request a free sample, or talk to our friendly team about your project by contacting us on 0330 055 2599 or email@example.com.