The grade behind the house rises 25 feet to a flat area at the top. An old above-ground pool occupied a large part of the upper area, and when removed, revealed the potential for a unique structure that could provide privacy, storage, lighting, and an outdoor kitchen for a young and growing family.
The brick patio was laid in the exact footprint of the pool, and the bricks were locally sourced using Craigslist. The newly designed wall is eight feet high and made of nine four foot bays with cedar slats and lighting in each bay for night-time gatherings. The wall has four kinds of storage attached, including counter storage under the kitchen area, bench storage with hinged seats, covered wood storage for the new fire pit, and a new shed on the back for the lawn mower and other yard tools. Four more bays of the wall extend deeper into the yard beyond the brick patio, but instead of wood, they are covered with a galvanized mesh and planted with climbing hydrangea as a living wall.