Hillside landscapes are one of the largest challenges a property owner can face. Some people would think that a hilly yard would be too difficult to landscape. But do not be afraid to try new ideas and have fun while creating your own design.
Hillside landscaping is the most challenging of all residential design problems. Whether it is a natural undisturbed slope or one composed of cut-and-fill, there are five essentials that every homeowner should be aware of. Not all designers will be skilled in this special situation, so you must know your options before decisions are made that can not only be extraordinarily expensive to implement, they can have far reaching impact on the stability of your entire homesite.
More hillside homes have been lost to wildfires than those on level ground. This is because fire moves on land like water – only in reverse. When vegetation down slope from the home begins to burn, rising heat causes the house to catch fire prematurely. Therefore what you do to the slope down hill from your house or your neighbor’s may dictate whether it survives a fire.
1. Preserve the view while solving problems.
The reason people buy hillside homes is for the view, which may be panoramic or quite narrow. The home’s value is based on this, so all landscaping must be subordinate to the view. Before you begin any project that may impact this part of the site, define your view corridor, which is how you see the view from the interior rooms of the house. Also be aware of your neighbor’s view because what you do can compromise it now or in the future.
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