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Question DetailsAsked on 4/19/2017

Want to drop garage floor 3-4', leveling driveway to a USABLE grade.Cost?What is involved?

The transition between sidewalk and driveway is a ridiculous angle, probably not to code (more than 15°). Right side of driveway is completely unusable, making the garage door on that side equally useless. Left side is only navigating by cars with 10" of clearance underneath and by driving up at an angle. House will be difficult to sell if nothing is done

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Here is a fairly detailed response I gave to a similar situation -

Of course, if you have frontage (like the above did not) you might be able to just realign the driveway and move the curb cut (where the drive intersects the street) - which requires a permit from the city, and is limited by regulations regarding how far from property lines it has to be (sometimes waivable) and how far from intersections and top lights/signs and such it has to enter the street (generally not waivable). A civil engineering firm that does street and proerty development work should be able to run out a couple of solutions in pretty short order after a site visit and maybe a bit of survey or the slope and garage and such. Also certainly going to be cheaper than modifying the garage, though that can be done too.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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