Levelling Troubles

• posted on June 6, 2013, 1:13 pm
I want to level my garden but there is a problem. There is a road next to property is on a slope. The image provided indcates the level of slope. This is the main problem. I want to know how i can level my garden while having a road at a slope next to it. (My house has got tall (6ft) hedges all around.
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Positive number means it is high. Negative means its low. 0 means it is leveled. So the idea is to make it 0 all the around.
The next thing i am just curious about, it is not priority but if someone can help me it would be greatly appreciated. You can see that at the enterance i have a sloped driveway. My plan is to replace that with steps and put the driveway where the "x" is marked on the image and put paving in the red box. The problem is that since the garden will be levelled and the road is at a slope, i dont think i will be able to simply drive in.
I am not really looking for any solid answers, i am open to any ideas or suggestions you may have. Thank you in advance.
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• posted on June 6, 2013, 2:50 pm
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Some actual pics of the grading would be essential to getting good answers. Among the key things missing:
The diagram uses numbers for the relative grading, but what is the difference in feet between a 0 , 2, 4 etc?
What is the situation at the house foundation itself? Can you add material there or is it already at the right height, too high, etc?
Where can water go? It looks like the only place for water to flow away to is the back, behind where the new driveway would go? What's back there? Can water flow over there or is it going to create a problem for a neighbor? Where does water from the roof go now? Any water pooling problems?
What's going on in the upper left corner, where you have a 4 area right next to a zero area? I guess that gets back to what those numbers mean. If it's a 4" difference it's one thing, if it's a 4ft difference there better be a retaining wall.....
What you have isn't good. The house is in a lower spot with the grading going towards it on 3 sides. The road is where it is and it's pretty much at the level of the yars around it, except for one spot in the lower right corner. It would seem the best option is to have the grading flow in the general direction it now goes, ie from left to right and into the upper right corner, ie the back corner of the property. And if you pave that area, there is going to be a large amount of new water going back there as runoff from the driveway. That needs someplace to go.

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• posted on June 7, 2013, 9:26 am
Thank you for the response, your response has helped me think about the things i missed out on. Appreciate it very much.
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I had a similar situation and called the city planning dept. asking for advice. I was worried that they would make notes and send out an inspector later, but the fellow was extremely helpful and didn't ask for my name or address. I have found that nearly all city workers are helpful if you're asking for advice. They have seen it all.