We’ve added a deck as well as some much needed earth moving and planting to retain ground. The guys doing the work (Appel Environmental Design and Durrie Design & Build, both in Ann Arbor) did fantastic work and it’s so great to work with someone who understands what your asking for and then makes it better.
Here is a view of what used to be a much more sheer hillside that was eroding after the house construction. Appel and crew spent much of their time creating naturally rolling hills and swales that move the water away from the house and then followed up by planting several native species that will fill in the area to gradually move from our yard into the natural woods.
The Deck is cedar and Appel designed it coming out from the house with space between the deck and walls for planting trees. We have plans to stain it and we better hurry before it snows.