Who wants a challenge?
I live in Orange COunty, CA, so zone 9. I'm strongly considering hiring a LA because I think this is just TOO much to bite off and chew.
View from the sliding glass door to the left(which is North)
Making a slight turn to the right-garden area and steps that lead to the spa/waterfall which is currently drained due to a leak of unknown origin.
Center of the yard as you look straight out the sliding door
Looking more to the right
Turning all the way right from the sliding door
And view from the house from the stairs to the spa
So, as you can see, a sloped yard with what used to be a lawn. 2 years ago we were going to put artificial turf down, and I'm now glad we didn't do it. I'm also regretting the walls we had built(not my garden wall, but the low ones on the north and south sides) I wish we would have just waited and done this RIGHT. My husband is thinking some kind of stairs in between the coral tree planter and the palm planter in the center of the yard. My issue with this is "Why would we have stairs that lead to nowhere?" We have 2 kids, age 5 and 6, so I'd like to level off at least part of the bottom of the slope for a FLAT lawn. We also had the idea of building the entire yard UP to be level on top-level with one of the walls at the top of the slope(coral tree/palms/garden area), but we are expecting this would be $$$. My husband thinks "Oh, we can spend about $25K and it will be nice." I'm thinking he's dreaming and unless we are willing to spend 50K, it isn't even worth the trouble. Any bright ideas?