Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Great Wall

After our pool was filled in and our new flat backyard emerged, we needed to make a decision about what to do about the rest of our sloping yard.  Our property slopes from left to right, and the back fence is about 8 feet above the new flat yard.  Also, there are two large old oak trees in the raised section that we want to protect.  So, we decided to put in a retaining wall.

A load of 6x6's arrived, and Matt and Billy got to work.

The boys watched with great interest in the beginning.  Then, they decided that watching Mr. Billy build a retaining wall is not nearly as fun as watching Mr. Billy fill in the pool with a bulldozer.

The end of the first day, after a very long day of digging the foundation of the wall.

At the end of the second day, the middle staircase emerges.  We decided to put a staircase in the middle of the wall so that we can easily access the top of the yard.  Aaron and Bob showed up to sweep the steps and show off the foundation of the house they're building.

The Great Wall comes into view

One of Matt's jobs was to dig out the dirt for the stairs.  What seemed like a small amount of dirt to move turned into a huge pile that needed to be removed with a pick axe.  Noah surveys the yard for roots and sticks that need to be removed.

The wall is almost complete, and the area for the future playset is boxed in for future mulch.

The stairs are done!  

The wall is done!  It's beautiful!  Great job Matt and Billy!