We are wanting to rip up our cracked grey concrete driveway and re-do it.
At this stage it is likely we will replace the actual driveway portion with coloured concrete - and for the area beyond the actual driveway (ie up the side/back) we will probably gate off and pave and create an outdoor BBQ area.
My main question is - that if we concrete and pave now, how hard is it to then erect carports, pergolas, gates etc etc after the fact?. We are not sure what we want in the way of carports structures etc until we are clearer on what extensions we may/may not do to the house - but we would like to get the driveway and paved area upgraded ASAP. We may be able to factor in the placement of gates up front, but not sure.
It is mainly because I want to get the paved area/BBQ area done now so in theory we could just dig up that part and pave that part - but if we are digging up half the driveway (ourselves or via a contractor), I thought it would probably be more financially viable to get it all done at once (but if negligible I don't mind paying a bit extra to have it done in two lots) - and - with the drainage for the paved area, we need to pipe it out to the street so for that reason, we also would be best to run a pipe under the driveway and put the grates in all at the same time etc (unless we can think of an adhoc set up for drainage for the pavers until we do the driveway).
So.... back to my question... Can posts etc be put 'on top of' concrete as opposed to concreted in - if you know what I mean?? Or is it waaaaaay better to wait so that we can put the carports and pergolas and gates all in at the same time (but this could be 2yrs down the track and we are keen to get the driveway done so that we can get the pavers/outdoor area done).