Part of the charm of a rural building site
is the driveway leading to it. With houses
set back from the road to diminish the
sound of traffic, rural driveways can be
anywhere from 100 to 1,000 feet long.
Whether the driveway snakes through
trees, takes off in a straight shot from a
country road, or hugs the edge of a hillside,
putting in a rural driveway requires
all the skill of building a small road.
Laying out rural driveways involves
four key steps. You survey the site and
lay out the path to the house. Then,
you grade the road and stabilize the soil.
Next, you put in a compacted granular
base, and in