This three-week project involved building stairs, a retaining wall and installing a new lawn at a retained area down the bottom of a steep slope.

WORDS Mina Phillips

After drawing up a clear design of how he wanted his back yard to look when it was complete, the owner of this Whangaparaoa Peninsula property asked Judd Stratful and his team to carry out the installation for him. The project involved building stairs down the homeowner’s steep backyard along with retaining walls. 

Judd provided the homeowner with a quote and then spoke with local suppliers to attain the materials required. He then scheduled in his team of landscapers to carry out the works.

Hardscaping and softscaping

To construct the retaining wall and stairs, Judd’s team had to get creative. Because the site was so steep, they set up a slide that allowed them to efficiently transport materials to the construction zones. Within a three week period, this allowed them to build stairs, a timber retaining wall, another retaining wall made of stacked rocks and install a new lawn.

The new landscape design

Judd says he thinks the final result is “very good”. 

“The section was very steep with no usable space for the homeowner’s kids to run around. By retaining, we were able to install a level lawn. The client is going to put a trampoline down there for his kids.”

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