The front garden of our terrace house is fully paved. Under the flags are sand and then a concrete base.
The paving makes the ground level too high so the top of the paving slabs is about 1.5" higher than the bottom of the airbricks at the front of the house.
I'd like to get rid of the paving and concrete, get the ground back to the original level and and reinstate a front garden. However ideally I'd keep a strip of the existing paving for a path to the front door (there is a modern porch which was built to the new ground level) and a strip at the front for the wheelie bin.
At the minute the paving slopes nicely away from the house. Once I remove the area near the house the surface will be lower beside the house, but the paved area at the front will be higher than the ground beside it. Do I have any drainage worries? I am hoping the garden will just absorb the water, but do I need to worry about damp coming back under the house? The gap between the house and the paved area at the front will be 2.5 metres.
(The house is a Victorian terrace with minimal foundations.)