We are considering buying this property which will be a "fixer-upper" but is in a valuable seaside location that we could never afford otherwise. Biggest drawback is this driveway, which after reviewing 50 years of areal photography shows that the current owners (lived their for 60 years) have never actually parked their car on it!
It is steep (I reckon about 25% on the corner), and narrow with a 50-75cm drop off into the garden. This could be a deal breaker for us if we cant upgrade it, and we are seeking advice before we offer. My thought is to expand the driveway out (to the left in the photo), put a small retaining wall with some kind of fence or barrier to make it safer. Any other ideas?! Ive only dealt with flat drives to date]1
But then the next problem is that this is in Trondheim, Norway were we get months of snow, easily up to a meter standing, but with this being on the coast melt events will be frequent. What other things would we need to consider regarding its "upgrade" to account for this? Its currently about 1" gravel, not sure of the foundations under the top layers. I wonder if parallel stone inlays going up the drive would be a good idea for both traction and gravel stability?
Then, if anyone has experience, how much time (build hours) would an upgrade like this take?
Thanks for your help in advance!