Help! Need a patio for impossible space!
I have an impossible space that I need to convert into a patio. This space is an area roughly 15-20 feet wide along the side of my house, with northern exposure. All along the strip is a steep slope.
We have tried in vain for years to grow grass on this strip and on the steep slope; but at the top of the slope are trees in a common area, and they have gotten bigger and bigger. Grass doesn't like shade, and now it gets it in two directions.
In addition to this, there is a swale in this area that carries away the water when there are heavy downpours.
I should mention here that I have champagne taste, and a beer budget for this project.
I think we need to give up on growing grass. I thought that it might be a good idea to put in a stone pathway, a circular patio, and another stone pathway leading away--I really don't like the idea of having a rectangular shaped patio, just to fill the space. In addition, I thought a retaining wall might be a good idea. Has anyone ever done this?
Any help or tips are gratefully accepted.