To get this thing built, we have a system going where I pick out the stones, wash them off and then lay out a course the way I'd like them. Cam comes behind with mortar and makes it permanent!
Once the stones are set in mortar, we allow the mortar to harden a little and then go back and smooth it out.
We need about 2 more layers on the back wall behind the garage and then we can start building the wall around the front. This wall is what you'll look at from the deck.
We had some extra help on Sunday from Cam's brother in law, Jimmy. He's in the middle of his own house project, but still finds time to help us out!
With this part of the retaining wall, we're going to do something fun and build in a seat. Some day we'd love to entertain on a regular basis and so having extra seating in the back yard will come in handy for bbq's and bonfires!
The plan is to make it look something like this (minus the forest growing behind it!):
The retaining walls will have enough space behind them to fill with plants and flowers. I'm thinking that I'm going to keep all the plants and flowers limited to a simple color scheme of various shades of green, blue-grey and purples.
We're still a ways away from planting anything, but it's fun to scheme up ideas, right?