I realized you haven’t seen much of our back yard.
Once at the top of the driveway, there’s a hollowed out area for a future shop, a lame set of stairs, and retaining wall.
From the driveway, the hill climbs about four feet, extending to the patio.
At the edge of the patio is a two foot tall retaining wall with steep hill above. Plans are coming along and we’re figuring out materials and prices, but we have a general idea of what we want to change here.
Over at the far end of the house, near the pool room is a set of stone stairs to no where.
Climb up those 18(!) stairs and there’s a small plateau area mainly used by deer.
That big rock at the top left of the picture above is nearly centered on the sliding door and fountain. I’m standing right by that rock here:
In fact, our lot is so steep you can actually walk on the pool room roof from the back and it’s easy to see over the house from this plateau.
Solar panels from the 70’s are on the roof, but they’ll have to go because they’re causing the roof to leak into the pool. So that whole blue angled thing will go once Ben starts the big roofing project.
We love the privacy and size of the lot, but it is a challenge, in many ways. More research and planning and we can start working. What are your favorite low water/low maintenance plants? I’m looking for a mix of evergreens and flowering plants. Everything needs to survive with minimal water because Montana summers are usually dry. Hopefully you all can give some suggestions!