My neighbors have built a wall in their front yard.
One of the reasons involves the moisture weâ€™ve had in California. With record amounts of the wet stuff, there have been problems everywhere. From flooding to raging rivers, itâ€™s been dangerous and destructive. More trivial, suburban landscapes have been impacted. In our yard, we removed a tree, worried because a major limb had become hollow, weakening with each rainy day. Sturdy in appearance, it was one storm away from a damaging fall.
Our neighborâ€™s yard sloped toward the base of their house. Decisions made by prior homeowners had been â€œsunny dayâ€ choices. When rain fell (lots of rain), it accumulated around the foundation rather than flowing outward toward the lawn, street, and city drainage systems.
It was time for new ideas. Along with being realistic about Californiaâ€™s drought and deluge cycles, they also added a unique touch to their efforts: a wall.
I suspect my smart neighbors know they wonâ€™t get much â€œbang for the buckâ€ from their wall. Unlike a kitchen or bathroom remodel, money spent on outdoor improvements rarely translate into a higher re-sale values. But, hey, some decisions are about what feels right. An addition may not be a good investment, but what if it adds pleasure, security, or whimsy?
But is a wall whimsical?
A wall is a barrier. Continue reading →