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Side of house/yard UGLY & difficult
May 13, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Help! difficult design issue. My lot is approx 90 ft wide x120 ft deep. On the side of my house my neighbour and I share an existing sewer line for our culdesac, so I cannot build or plant anything thats permanent, from approx 10 ft from their fence into my yard (which leaves me 10ft to work with) and 120ft deep from the street to my backyard. We have a gate on this side oof our house that faces the street and hides our boat and this city access strip. The city would only have to remove one post thats holding our gate to have full access.! My dilemma, what can I do to make this area look appealing without breaking the no permanent clause? This area ( from the side of my house to our neighbours fence) is approx 20 ft wide so I can "plant" on half of this width ( 10ft) from the side of my house, which also has stairs going from the gate to my backyard). This side area slopes too, from the gate to my backyard (90ft), its relatively flat where the boat is and then gradually gets steeper to the backyard which then levels out. So the real sharp slope is approx 20ft long. Theres only gravel there now. I look at this ugly area which, when sitting in the backyard, you can see half way up. Lawn I thought of but it gets fairly steep, thought of making " layers" with ties but that maybe seen as permanent. Hope this gives a good visual. It's just a long strip of land they need access to. 120x10ft. Please can anyone come up with something. My neighbours have ignored this clause and have built a shed and trees, they don't seem worried, they've said in the 15 yrs since they've lived there no one has ever come, but it could happen and I'm not paying the city to remove things if they need access and then be charged for it later. Any ideas I'd love. Thank you so very much for your time and expertise.