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Warm Modern in Noe Valley-Exterior contemporary patio

Warm Modern in Noe Valley-Exterior


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keithangriffin wrote:
What's the process for Grading? Any drainage issues? - Hi, that yard looks great. I have a yard that is a similar length with similar change in grade from back to front. Further, We probably have three levels much like your project. Would greatly appreciate some tips. Need to understand the process of regrading. Considering using Core Ten Steel as the "retaining walls" - hoping that's more cost effective than concrete. Appreciate any advice!
     Comment   September 4, 2013
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Cor-ten Steel is expensive (more than concrete) and also not usually used for retaining walls. You will need gravel drainage and a trench behind each of the walls. Most cor-ten walls are concrete or concrete block covered with a thin layer of cor-ten on the front. Cor-ten also will stain concrete or paving as it continues to rust. Usually you also need permits if the wall is a retaining wall.
September 7, 2013 at 6:09pm   
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Thanks for comments - both. I've since decided against Cor-Ten. Will go with concrete.
September 7, 2013 at 6:51pm   
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chfashionchic wrote:
Gradual rising - Wow! Such a cool backyard space! Did the land already have a rise in it before you divided it into gradually rising sections?
   Comment   May 27, 2013
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Yes, it did!
May 28, 2013 at 6:06am   
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sskotleba wrote:
Love your Designs! What type of wood are you using for your fencing (Cedar, Ipe, etc. . )?
   Comment   October 21, 2011

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Modern grading. I have to wonder, is the middle section is for croquet or Fido?
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Like the first example in this ideabook, this townhouse's backyard is a series of terraces that soften as one moves towards the rear of the yard. A glance from the far terrace ...
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Terracing is one of the greatest tools in a small space. It allows the gardener to add new soil in raised beds on a concrete base, gives varying light to different types of plants and adds dimension to a small backyard. Adding terraces visually expands a small plot into distinct, separate spaces.

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