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There are many reasons why you might want to widen an existing driveway: Perhaps it just needs an aesthetic facelift? Or more likely, you might want to widen it to fit more vehicles.
There are a few things to keep in mind when attempting this:
First of all you need to make sure that you choose suitable materials for the widened path and resulting altered fences/walls. Try to make sure they fit in with what is already there as well as possible. You should make sure that the supporting form material is packed solid, and taken up to just below the existing driveway level. Also, cut joints in the new area every 30 inches or so, to reduce the risk of cracking due to shrinkage.
A final big consideration is the dropped kerb going down to the road outside your house. The odds are you’ll want to widen or move an existing dropped kerb, or put in a new one, and to sort this out you need to speak to your council planning department. To find their contact details do a search on your favourite search engine for “[YOUR AREA NAME] council planning”. You’ll need to talk to them to get the relevant application form to fill in. Once this is submitted, they need to approve and give planning permission, and then you need to pay to get the dropped kerb work done, either by the council or by an independent building company.
Image – This photo is from one of our case studies.
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26th April 2011