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Due to the possibly unstable ground conditions, we had to deviate from some of the original plans, and had to think outside the box to reduce the weight as much as possible. The massive stonewall around the layout was the first to go, and instead we opted for treated wood panel mounted vertically on horisontal battens screwed to the framework posts. This solution proved both simple and practical, and the visual impression turned out to be a very pleasant surprise!

The continuous use of wood in both the terrace and the layout proved to be very effective to bind the different elements together into a whole:

View from the terrace

This curve was left unframed for a future wooden trestle:

Future trestle here

The simple framing creates a very different image of the layout:

Simple framing, large effect

In addition to the stonewall, we had to search for an alternative solution to fill the inside of the layout, since this amount of soil and rock masses weighs quite a few tons. The first thing to do was to remove all the masses we had previously sacrificed blood, sweat and (almost) tears to get in there, needless to say that this was an anticlimax…:

Out with the old, and…

The empty space that eventually reappeared was then filled with a product called Jackopor Lettfyll; big bags filled with polystyrene chunks. The bags were too large for the tightest corners, so we opened them up and dumped the content into smaller garbage bags and plastic bags. One might say it was a small “blizzard” here for a while, with lots of white and gray polystyrene balls flying around in the air!:

Filled with Jackopor

Finally, we topped it with a layer of garden soil mixed with some compost. After taking the picture, we covered it all with a weed cloth and a layer of bark:

Garden soil and compost

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