We’re entering the fifth week of our landscape project here at the Sullivan household and last week was another busy one for the The Site Group crew. Fortunately, the summer heat hasn’t been too unbearable for them over the past four weeks, with the exception of a couple of really hot days last week. Even still, they accomplished a tremendous amount of work and the yard is well on its way to nearing completion. The weather turned much cooler over the weekend, so maybe the crew will be enjoying some crisp, sunny days instead!
Here at the south end of the yard, you can see the steep slope of the yard and where Rod, the crew foreman, built out a pad so he could set some large boulders to hold the area into the hill. He re-graded the area so it could come closer to the top level of the fire pit patio’s seating wall. Two crew members, Josh and Tim, are seen here smoothing out the dirt that was brought in. This area will be the only sodded area in the back yard. Hurray- no more sliding down the hill as we mow- the ground is now level!
Here is a shot of the same area five weeks ago, the day before the crew arrived. The lawn was lush, but the yard rolled and sloped so much that I couldn’t even set out a level table when we entertained. There was quite a bit of overgrown honeysuckle at the rear of the yard, as well.
What you see here is the front retaining wall of the lower patio. By capping out the top of the wall, quite a bit of seating was created around the fire pit. In addition, there is still plenty of room for several chairs and tables on the other side of the patio.
The area to the right of the steps became the basin for the pond-less waterfall and stream.
This is the beginning of the waterfall and stream. The crew dug out a stream path, covered it with liner, and then a bridge was created over it, using huge boulders and a gorgeous stone slab.
Do you think I’m exaggerating when I say that there are thousands of rocks making up this stream bed? I took this photo after the crew had left for the day, so the water wasn’t running. Earlier today, it sounded like I was back home, up in the mountains of New Mexico, as I listened to the water fall over the rocks and down the stream. I’m so looking forward to seeing the bridge highlighted with some low voltage lighting. The yard will come alive with it set here, as well as in the planting beds, and even up in the tall Sycamore trees shown below.
Although this shot is a little blurry, you can see what the fire pit area looked like before the excavation began. The maple tree had to be removed to make room for the patio. We plan on adding a red maple between the lower patio area and the upper patio on the north side of the yard, once the beds are ready for planting.
I am so glad that we selected The Site Group to transform our yard. We have an excellent crew that takes pride in the work that they are do, so we’re well on the way to realizing a beautiful and useable backyard that we can be very proud of. There is still quite a bit more work to be done in order to complete this project. More grading, re-sodding, lighting, and planting….. I really don’t think most people realize how much effort and work goes into a project of this magnitude. I have to laugh when I recall that some of the neighbors thought that they’d be invited to a party in the backyard after only a few short weeks! What could they possibly have been thinking?
I’ll be back with another update soon.