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4 Charming Corner Driveway Landscaping Ideas To ConsiderBy admin
Monday, 9 September 2019
One of the best things about having a corner plot is the additional garden space that usually accompanies it. With all of this space to the front and side of the house, your front driveway options are significantly opened up.
You have many more choices available to you, and you can use the front space to create a garden area in addition to the back – giving you more outdoor space. We have a few landscaping ideas for your corner plot, and information on the restrictions you might have.
By choosing the right material for your driveway, you won’t fall foul of planning permission rules, and you will have an attractive front garden that will elicit some serious neighbour envy, as the following article reveals…
Why Improve Your Front Garden?
Studies by estate agents have shown that homeowners can add as much as 20% to the sale price of their home by improving the outdoor space.
You are more likely to get the upper end of this increase if you have a hard wearing and attractive driveway in the front of your home alongside an entertainment space towards the back.
It is is also surprisingly easy to improve your outside space, making this an easy and fruitful way to improve the value of your home.
What Are The Planning Rules For Driveways?
Whether your home is on a corner plot or not, you still need to comply with planning permission or building regulations rules when you decide to change the position or look of your driveway.
You do not need planning permission for a new driveway, as long as it is made from a permeable material such as gravel or resin bound surfaces. If these materials are not used, it is essential that a rainwater drainage system is in place to direct water to nearby lawned areas or borders.
If you want a more traditional, impermeable driveway material, such as paving stones or resin bonded surfaces, and your driveway is more than 5 metres squared, you will need to apply for planning permission.
If you live on a corner plot, and have plans to move your driveway from the current road to the adjacent road, you may need planning permission to get the required dropped kerb.
The council will always need to confirm that this is allowed, so that they can protect any services that may be buried near the area you want to drive over.
This can be a lengthy and expensive process – but is worth it if it means you can re-landscape your front garden to give you more space or a more attractive layout. Bear in mind that if your new driveway opening is close to the corner, it may not be allowed.
Building regulations will not usually apply to a driveway, but if you make changes to your home such as new steps, a front porch, or a new entrance, you should seek advice from your local authority or council.
Remember that new front walls or the removal of front shrubbery or hedges may also need to be okayed by your council.
Having a corner plot allows you to keep cars and people very much apart. You can have your driveway on one side of the house, and the pedestrian pathway approaching the house from the adjacent road
4 Corner Plot Driveway Ideas To Consider
Idea No.1: Drive In/Drive Out Driveways
In this case, you are able to make the most of your corner plot by having a drive in entrance, and a drive out one. Essentially, you can drive in and out, without having to turn around.
You will of course need two gates and driveway exit points which may require planning permission and the approval of a dropped kerb. It is especially helpful to have this if you do not want to to back out onto a busy road.
Idea No.2: Ninety Degree Driveways:
Here your driveway enters at one corner of the plot, and then turns ninety degrees, and continues up the side of the house. This allows for parking space to the front and side of the house, and for a turning circle within the space.
This is ideal if you have 2 or more cars in your household, and it makes the most of the additional space on a corner plot.
Idea No.3: Curved Driveways:
For a more aesthetically pleasing look to your driveway, you can take advantage of the space on a corner plot by making your driveway curved across the corner, and infilling the right angle with plants and shrubbery.
This will protect your privacy, while still giving plenty of space for 2 or more cars.
Idea No.4: Separate Driveway And Pathway:
Having a corner plot allows you to keep cars and people very much apart. You can have your driveway on one side of the house, and the pedestrian pathway approaching the house from the adjacent road.
This is great from a safety perspective, and allows you to close off the driveway with a gate, to protect your car, while still allowing easy access for people on foot from the pathway.
A corner plot gives you the opportunity to extend your home in two directions, so bear this in mind before your build a driveway alongside your home. You might want to build over it in the future
4 Key Issues With Corner Plots
● One thing that plagues those with corner plots is the way that any grassed area to the front can be used as a shortcut by pedestrians. They cut across the grass to shorten their journey. This can be avoided by putting in planting, a border or a low wall or fence.
● You should also be aware that you will have more traffic at a junction – making it harder for you to drive in and out of your home. For this reason, it makes sense to make the entrance to your driveway as spacious as you can, and, if possible, make enough space to turn within your property.
● Your front garden may also be triangular, actually giving you less space than you would think. A triangle is tricky for car parking.
● A corner plot gives you the opportunity to extend your home in two directions, so bear this in mind before your build a driveway alongside your home. You might want to build over it in the future.
Even though the surface is permeable, you may still want to add in protective screening planting, both to assist in the drainage of water, but to soften the look of your front garden, wherever there is space. A corner plot offers the opportunity to do this even more so than a middle plot will
Corner Plot Driveways: How To Choose The Right Surface
With your home being more on display than the average plot, you will want a driveway that both meets required planning permission rules, but also looks great. A resin bound system is perfect.
These driveway surfaces combine resin and stone/aggregate together, before spreading it across the prepared surface of your driveway. The result is a driveway that is completely smooth and free from cracks or lines, all one beautiful colour of your choice, and shaped exactly how you wish.
These surfaces are laid at least 15mm deep, giving you a hard wearing surface that will last for many years. Easy to keep clean and perfect for improving the look of your home, resin bound driveways are fast becoming a popular choice when a new driveway is required.
But perhaps the most important aspect of these driveways is the fact that they are permeable. This means that they meet the current legislation for paving over front gardens, and they give you the chance to avoid planning permission.
This makes installing your new driveway faster and less complicated, and you can be a bit more inventive with regards your choice of position.
Even though the surface is permeable, you may still want to add in protective screening planting, both to assist in the drainage of water, but to soften the look of your front garden, wherever there is space. A corner plot offers the opportunity to do this even more so than a middle plot will.
Overall, a corner plot will deliver you the chance to pick and choose your driveway design and landscaping options. But don’t forget to check with your planning office to make sure you have all the correct permissions in place.
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