|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.