Front Parking and Safety

Front Parking and Safety
New Parking, Turn-around, Lighting, Stairs, and Handrail Improve Safety and Security
New Parking, Turn-around, Lighting, Stairs, and Handrail Improve Safety and Security

 

My clients live on a busy street.  The house had a steep, narrow driveway with many half-grown “junk” volunteer trees blocking views and making it dangerous to back out onto the busy street.  The steep driveway often iced up in the winter leading to more than a couple of falls when getting the newspaper or mail.  The driveway was also a less than welcoming first approach for visitors on foot.   (See “Before pictures”, below.)

In response to this litany of problems, we:

  • Widened the drive,
  • Changed the grade in areas where there would be foot traffic,
  • Added a parking pad that also provides room for a car to turn around,
  • Added shallow stairs from the parking pad
  • Added details that both blend in with and enhance the original 1940’s details

The new details include a curved  brick retaining wall that coordinates with the original and new blue stone treads and details that replace the less appealing concrete.  Iron railings and handrails, again, match the original details with minor adjustments to enhance safety and appearance.

The new curved wall coordinates with the original wall
The new curved wall coordinates with the original wall
Detail of the new stairs on the curved wall
Detail of the new stairs on the curved wall
The new walls were capped with blue stone blending into the landscaping
The new walls were capped with blue stone blending into the landscaping
Details of the old concrete stairs now faced with brick and blue stone
Details of the old concrete stairs now faced with brick and blue stone
Railings -- with details that match the original railings -- cap the retaining walls that create the new parking pad and turn-around area.
Railings — with details that match the original railings — cap the retaining walls that create the new parking pad and turn-around area.
Ironwork Matches the Original Details
Ironwork Matches the Original Details
The Curved Wall Coordinates the the Original and Eases Turn-arounds
The Curved Wall Coordinates the the Original and Eases Turn-arounds

Before Pictures

Before - Blocked Views And a Steep Drive Made for Dangerous Departures on a Busy Street
Before – Blocked Views And a Steep Drive Made for Dangerous Departures on a Busy Street
Another Before Picture
Another Before Picture


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