Awkward shed cover-up help!

The house on which DH and I are thinking about making an offer comes with a fenced yard and a shed - great! The yard is on a slope, and the shed awkwardly hangs off of that - not great.


Here's a pic to show you what I mean.


The house on which photo 3201322-1


See how funky it looks with the exposed cinderblocks? But if we plant hedges or something in front, they'll be massively and noticably uneven. So what can we do?


Bonus: We'll be storing our lawnmower in there, and it would be lovely to just roll it out of the shed, rather than have it drop on a massive slope. Any clues there? My parents always had a wooden board that they laid down as a ramp when necessary, but it would be so wildly uneven here I imagine I'd end up rolling down the hill with the mower if I tried that.


Fashionable and clever ladies of HIWTSI, please help!

Posted on November 1, 2011 at 2:53 am
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Aww, that's a cute looking shed.  I doubt I'll be much help on this as I don't have a garden but is there a way you could level out the slope?  Maybe add more soil and then relay the grass on top?


Or you could always have a ramp built and a pthway from the shed door and then use the slope on the right hand side for planting a small tree?  or bush or something?


Here's some advice I found on the first option:


http://www.netmums.com/coffeehouse/house-garden-194/garden-plants-animals-610/320065-build-up-level-sloping-garden.html


http://www.gardenseeker.com/levelling_in_the_garden.htm 


Hope it helps xx

Posted on November 1, 2011 at 3:21 am
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The only other thing I can think of is building a deck or something to "cover" that entire side of the yard and lead out to the shed.  That yard looks amazing, though!! :)

Posted on November 1, 2011 at 10:30 am
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Beautiful yard! I agree that you could build a deck and make it look a little more seamless. Otherwise, I think you're looking at backfilling that slope with soil (which actually might be cheaper than a deck, esp if you DIY!).

Posted on November 1, 2011 at 11:32 am
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We thought about backfilling, but the whole yard slopes like that. It also runs right up to the fence and then continues the slope to the neighbor's yard. I'm not sure what backfilling would look like. Do you think we could just do the portion near the shed and leave the rest of the yard unevenly sloped?

Posted on November 2, 2011 at 4:29 am
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Goodness! Is that even safe? I'd be scared to walk on the one side for fear I might tip it over!


I cannot for the life of me find pictures of what I am thinking of, but maybe you could get some trellis board and put it around that end so it at least LOOKS nicer, then plant some climbing greenery that would fill in that area so it looks green and maybe blends in a bit more?

Posted on November 2, 2011 at 5:57 am
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Love that yard!


I see what you're saying about the drop...one of those things that would probably drive you crazy every time you went to mow the lawn! Is a more permanent ramp an option? 


I don't know how time/labor/cost intensive this would be, but maybe if you added a little ramp, then built up the soil on each side of the ramp, it would balance it out a bit. You could maybe even plant some hedges along the fence (on the right). Similar to what Jenny described in her second paragraph above!


I had to backfill some soil for my parents' house before we sold it, and it was about $200 for a dump truck full of dirt...they just dumped it in a big pile in our yard. Pretty reasonable, all things considered! We spread the dirt, sprinkled some grass seed and it started sprouting within a week. Definitely labor intensive, but worth the savings :-)

Posted on November 3, 2011 at 6:55 pm

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