Whilst we are waiting for the final plans from our architect (we made a few minor revisions) and for them to be submitted into the planning commission – we decided to crack on with something that didn’t require any official input – the garden!
Given that we are about to head into winter this might seem rash but there was some major landscaping we needed to do so that we could plant a lawn and have it grow slowly over the winter to be ready for next spring. We wanted the top bit of garden as flat as possible to be a kid friendly play space so we’ve had to do some additional terracing work. We also needed to clean up the border lines between us and the neighbors as they were all over the place and wildly overgrown.
We had a lot of bushes to cut back and debris to remove from up here but once we did we gained almost another 2 feet wide of garden! We’ve had to cut back our redwood tree to allow more light into the house, and remove a few other dead or severely diseased trees. I don’t like ripping trees out but these ones were necessary. Then the earth had to be rotated as it was dry and needed some life putting back into it. All this work filled yet another Grange debris box – that will be our 4th so far!
Then our landscaper Pablo and his team dug large trenches so that we could build retaining walls to hold all the earth in place and to even out the level of the land.
Here’s some work in progress pictures:
The posts to support this wall are 3ft deep, and held in with concrete.
This is the new fencing and retaining wall that sides with our neighbors. Prior to this there was a gaping big hole and a pile of trash!
Phase one of this project is almost done- we need to add in some stairs to the new levels and then a safety fence but more images to come on that!