My driveway is currently a pond, thanks the recent Noreaster. It generally puddles.
It's dirt now. Maybe it was gravel once, but it is dirt now. It's quite compacted--tough to get a shovel down it.
It is in a historic district where all driveways are similar. As chair of the local historical commission, I would forbid myself from using asphalt. It has a 1700-1850 vibe here.
The driveway is about 25 feet long and 10 feet wide.
So, here are my questions. First, is there maintenance that can be done to tune up what I've got? Do you know of any good information sources on this?
If a relatively light tune-up isn't possible, how do I know whether or not it needs to be completely dug up from scratch or something a bit less extreme? Like, maybe a new layer of 3/4 inch gravel and peastone, or something.
I'd be interested in what options you'd recommend to look natural with a late 1700s clapboard house.