Woodland― Deep Haven ―
Unique and adaptable design and installation is what we are best at and what other contractors cannot achieve. Under pressures of the build schedule, we can to design and build a solution for a steep grade change in the backyard, but allow an opening for the basement windows. We also needed to include a way for stairs to flow through this retaining wall.
The retaining wall is a portion of cladding over a poured wall that flows into a traditional drystone wall. In addition, we cambered the call to allow for a transition from almost plumb to a 1:4 batter towards the steps. The cambered wall gave as much view of the rest of the backyard from the lower window.
With the freedom of design and material choice, we created a blend of local limestone. We used a st. croix valley limestone with fonddulac limestone. The color of cream and white with a splash of the darker viens of color. We also allowed the natural stone to speak to use, in so, it's a more chunky use of stone, breaking up the long lines that are normal for natural stonework.
The steps and capstone are an imported sandstone we used for its dense hard surface wear and the purple hues that blend with the irregular chilton flagstone walkways. All of this to achieve a high quality look and not feel too formal.
The use of tiers and curves allows a traditionally steep unusuable slope to function for the upper steps and deck and patio, but not become a huge block of wall. Each garden bed will be planted and maintained from the steps with ease.