Carving a patio out of a hill? (pics)
We're getting a lot excavating done for a septic project and figured we might as well rearrange a few things while the trucks are here.
Right now the back patio is basically sitting in the driveway. Patio - Driveway - Garage Doors, all at the same height and within a few feet of each other.
What we'd like to do is dig out the hill (knock down the small wall there now) and use that space for the patio. Maybe make it slightly raised with a step or two... not too much because of the window there. (It would be nice if the window were a sliding door but we wouldn't have the height if the patio were raised).
Anyway... the main problem is: once the hill is dug out, we're left with a 6ft drop on one side. The thought of a high wall with a railing around the top isn't so appealing either. We could do a 3ft wall with a shelf and then a few feet back another 3ft wall... but I still would need a railing at the top and just can't picture it.
Ideas or pictures, please? Thanks!
(pardon the junk in the pics... lots of work going on! :)