Melanie on 'This Old House'... Feedback?
Now that I've temporarily retired from writing screenplays, I've been asked to post the following pictures on behalf of mjsee (Melanie) so we can help her out with her garden redesign:
Please note---all the walls depicted are to be solid rock---that's where the bulk of the cost of the estimate is coming from. As far as the picture goes, you can see the driveway in second photo. The long brick wall would need to be removed and replaced with another wall of some sort to accommodate the ramping...as you can see, this isn't a question of building a ramp UP--it's more a question of digging a ramp DOWN. Her house sits in something of a hole....well really, just partway down a steep hill.
Further info that might be of use according to Melanie: the actual vertical drop that must be navigated, as best as Melanie can tell with her trusty 50 ft measuring tape, is 6.5 to 7 ft. That is the vertical height of the two walls that are in question. How she wishes she had surveying equipment and the knowledge to USE it! The driveway slopes up (gradually) a fair amount as you walk across it--she is estimating a 6" change--that is why it's saying 6.5 to 7 ft. The brick wall in the picture is 29 ft long; unfortunately the drawing isn't to scale and he isn't showing the driveway---so Melanie's not certain how far INTO the driveway the ramp starts---but she recalls that it was at the FAR side of the driveway---so about 40 feet?
Melanie will have more if necessary. She appreciates all the ideas, assistance and inspiration anyone can lend. Thanks.
spectre (on behalf of Melanie)