Project Location: Vienna

Problem:There was no useable space in the back yard because the lawn was on a steep slope, which also made it a bear to maintain. The deck didn’t feel connected to the landscape and the step in the middle of it created a tripping hazard. Overall, the space felt very disjointed and dysfunctional. All of the water in the back yard ran towards the house and puddled under the deck.


Stone retaining walls were built so we could cut and fill the slope and create a flat lawn area. The deck was replaced with a maintenance free flagstone patio.

By combining the spaces on one level we were able to improve the flow between the different areas and make a highly functional and beautiful back yard.

The curved upper wall helps retain the natural feeling of the existing wooded landscape while gaining the maximum lawn area.

A gentle swale carries the surface water away from the patio and around the house.