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Non-functional driveway in middle of yard-potential front yard patio?
October 18, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I just purchased this 1950's fixer upper. I will be doing a down to the studs remodel and selling it. The current driveway is too narrow and too short to fit an average size car. It leads to what looks like a garage door, but is actually 3 separate panels that are on a sliding system and opens to a basement (kind of cool, really). I don't believe it was ever used as a driveway/garage as there is not a curb cut. I don't plan on creating a garage in the basement, but rather leaving it an awesome rec room space. I like the idea of being able to open the door/s to get some fresh air or step out on a patio, but it lacks privacy as it's right on a city street in Seattle. My big dilemma is how to make it a functional space, but reduce the funky factor of having a "driveway" in the middle of the yard. I'm open to anything such as fences, gates, retaining walls, etc. I have decided against back filling in the driveway, that's the one given. I think it could be a good opportunity to turn an awkward space into something modern and fun. I also want to make sure the lawn maintenance is easy for the owner and that they don't have to drag a mower to all these weird separate parts of the yard. Thoughts please!