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Can I Flatten My Lawn Area To Increase The Size Of My Driveway?By admin
Tuesday, 10 September 2019
The average number of vehicles per household in England is on the rise, with each home having between 1.06 cars on average in the North East and around 1.34 cars on average in the South East, according to Statista.
If you’re household is one of the many with more than one vehicle, then you may already be feeling the strain when it comes to easily and practically fitting them on your driveway.
For many homeowners feeling the pressure of a cramped driveway, the question of ‘can I flatten my lawn area to increase the size of my driveway?’, is quite common.
Luckily, it’s completely possible to flatten an area of lawn to extend an existing driveway, or possibly even construct a brand-new driveway. However, before you dive straight into your new driveway plans, there are some important factors to consider.
Here are five of the most important factors to look at when considering extending a driveway into a lawn area:
Factor One: Consider Your Home Value
Believe it or not, a garden can influence around 20% of the value of your home… on average that totals around £60,000!
It’s important to consider just how much of your garden you should give up in order to extend the driveway – getting the balance just right will ensure that you have a perfectly practical driveway without potentially negatively impacting your house value.
On the plus side, there are plenty of buyers after the convenience of low-maintenance gardens, so a larger driveway could very easily work in your favour if you decide to sell.
Before planning out your driveway design, double check whether the dropped kerb will still be suitable. You may need to apply for permission from your local council to change the position of the dropped kerb or extend it
Factor Two: The Kerb May Need Dropping
Almost all driveways in the UK have a dropped kerb, making access from the street to the driveway much easier. A larger drive may make this off-centre and lower the ease of access.
Before planning out your driveway design, double check whether the dropped kerb will still be suitable. You may need to apply for permission from your local council to change the position of the dropped kerb or extend it.
Factor Three: Check Whether or Not You Need Planning Permission
Some driveways, like resin bound driveways, that comply with drainage regulations, don’t require planning permission in most cases. However, it’s always wise to check the regulations in your area, especially if you’re considering a different material.
Properties in conservation areas can also have different rules and regulations. Always check in advance to avoid the potential of having to remove the driveway extension later!
Factor Four: Think About Leaving Natural Areas
Natural garden areas are great for local wildlife, help to make your garden unique, and can improve your kerb-appeal.
Leaving some natural areas and getting creative with your front garden ideas, will really give your garden the wow factor, with your new driveway as the statement feature!
Choosing resin may mean that you can get a seamless transition between your current drive and the extension, if the existing material is in good shape
Factor Five: Make Sure the Material Is Right for a Driveway
Flattening a lawn area to increase the size of a driveway is a big investment, so you want to make sure that it’s going to last. Choosing a strong and capable product, like resin, will give you a peace of mind over the longevity of your new driveway, but also bring plenty of additional benefits to the table.
Resin driveways are permeable, so you don’t need to worry about adequate drainage, they are strong enough to handle multiple vehicles worth of traffic, and they’re incredibly low maintenance. The installation is also pleasantly quick!
Choosing resin may mean that you can get a seamless transition between your current drive and the extension, if the existing material is in good shape.
Resin bonded surfacing can easily go on top of existing materials, like concrete, to create a beautiful finish that renews the old drive and creates a durable new section.
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Unsuitable driveways can be the downfall of even the most ideal of properties. Whether your drive is not big enough or you’re sick and tired of worn-out surfaces and cracks and blemishes, Home Logic are on hand to help.
Our professional team will help you to realise your vision for a larger and better-looking driveway, using high-quality resin in your choice of style. Ensure that your home is perfectly suited to match your unique needs, with help from the professional team at Home Logic! Simply call 0800 1700 636, or click the button below to get the ball rolling today!
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