Major Earth Moving Done: Lots of Improvement Now We Need a Landscape Plan

The exterior of the house has been mostly complete for a few weeks. Just a small number of items are still unfinished, including the wood store which will be built outside the study (in the near corner as shown in the picture below.)

Casa Avventura Today
Casa Avventura Today
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We’ve also nearly reached the end of our long battle against the slope that the house sits on. Major improvements have been made. The parking area has been expanded and flattened and the slopes softened both in front and behind the house.

The driveway is still steeper than we’d like, but as it is not on our property (we only have the right to access), there was little we could do.

Reworked Parking Area
Reworked Parking Area
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Bottom of Driveway
Bottom of Driveway
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The retaining wall that supports the parking area has been faced and capped with stone.

Retaining Wall Faced with Stone
Retaining Wall Faced with Stone
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Top Stone Layer on Wall
Top Stone Layer on Wall
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Behind the house, the slope down to the pool looks smoother.

Down the Smoothed Slope Toward the Pool
Down the Smoothed Slope Toward the Pool
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The next big step will be to put in stairs and paths to help negotiate the slopes. Those elements are part of our long-awaited landscaping plan.

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