When building our house, we chose our lot based on the beautiful wooded view. Unfortunately, that view came with a steeply sloped back yard. We knew that with a little creativity, we could figure out a way to make our sloped yard functional. Last summer, while watching the kids play in the woods, I noticed this:
a small amount of flat space at the bottom of the hill. I mentioned to my husband that it would make a great place for a fire pit. We added the project to the summer list & Mark got started right away! In the picture above, he has already begun finding creek stone from the creek bed & started getting the ground level.
The first official project was to build a small retaining wall. We decided to give this wall two functions. First, it would prevent erosion & secondly, it would act as a bench for seating. We ended up using landscaping timbers to do this pretty inexpensively. (During Memorial Day, Home Depot had them on sale for $1 each!)
The next step was to build a French drain, since this area sits at the bottom of a hill & needed to have drainage. A French drain is a pipe with holes in the top of it, which allows water to seep into it & then channels the water to where you want it to drain. To do this, Mark dug a trench & added the drain. Then, he added a layer of gravel above it to further help with drainage.
We then added pea gravel to fill in the gaps between the creek stone.
Here are some pictures of the finished product:
The Adirondack chairs came from Lowes & were about $20 each. I think they give a nice pop of color to the area.
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