Help! sloped backyard...cannot figure it out!
I'm about to tear my hair out over this backyard! We've lived in our house for over two years, it is a small, cape cod house that we absolutely love. However the lot has always been a big disappointment to us. We live in a city and we're both more country types so we miss that feeling in our yard.
The back yard it quite small, somewhat L shaped and VERY steep with the slope toward the house.
The biggest issues are how shallow the yard is, the slope and privacy. We are trying to fit in a small paver patio, perhaps a small pond and a small playhouse/shed somewhere...possibly! We'd also considered a pergola perhaps somewhere. We had originally planned on just cutting a 4 foot tall retaining wall across the whole yard but that turned out to be ridiculously expensive, plus we do all our work ourselves and I have NO idea how we would excavate AAALLLL those tons of dirt! We don't really have access for getting excavators back there or a place to dump all that dirt. My priority was always just trying to get as much flat grass as possible but now I'm seeing I probably need to re-think my plans...for the zillionth time! I would be ok with a tiny park sort of atmosphere, or secret garden idea etc. I'm all about charm and old world aesthetics. Also, we are not scared of doing all this ourselves, I'm just totally stumped on the design but we need to figure something out so we can get some trees planted back there! To top it all off we are on the strictest of budgets for materials...we're pretty good at scrounging so hopefully we can pull something off!
PS. the concrete "patio" in the pictures is going to be pulled out, it's completely impractical and slopes toward the house. Also the bed of rocks is getting pulled out as well.
Thank you so much for any ideas you may have, I'm becoming desperate!