This couple wanted a flat space to put some play gear for the kiddos. Their yard was sloping towards the house and there was just dirt because it was new construction. We had to create space for the water to flow out and around the house. Also, we didn't want to crowd the back patio by putting a wall right up against it. So we built a retaining wall a few feet out and put river rock and sloped the walk between the wall and the patio for the water to flow around the house. Then we filled behind the wall and sodded the area while creating a few small bed spaces to round out the design.