|No, this is not our front yard (I wish), but it spectacularly displays
the possibilities in turning at site's major liability into an asset.
|Our front yard shortly after the first round of landscaping.
The bald, problem area is circled in red.
|The new wall is the upper one. The lower wall was built some ten
years ago. The upper wall will eventually age to match the lower
one. Notice that the wall under the balcony has changed little.
|The height and placement of the wall was limited by the
existing trees which could not survive with topsoil rising
above their original base.
|Keep in mind, the cost of elaborate walls and landscaping can
quickly add as much as fifty percent to construction costs.
|Some landscaped slopes add character to the home,
turning it from bland to interesting. In other cases, such
site adjustments become a virtual necessity.
|In unleashing a landscaper, keep in mind that artistic endeavors only add to a home's value up to a certain, after which the "law of diminishing returns" applies.
|Timber retaining walls are somewhat less expensive.
|A stone veneer over block. This is not a
|What happens when you hire an
artist to build a wall.