Aerial shots of the work over time, using a Mavic Pro drone. This was going to be a major transformation of the backyard, so I wanted to be able to document the work as it progressed. The amount of fill to be moved around the yard is massive -- as much as 1,000 yards.
At the beginning of the work, the back yard had a gentle slope:
There wasn't much on the lot. The trees had been successively removed. We had a veggie garden last fall -- I'd laboriously tilled compost into the soil.
The contractors used paint to mark out the outlines of the pond and the stream coming off the bog filters. The stream lines would soon be under many feet of dirt!
Starting work on digging the pond basin
The black tarp is to protect the soil from the rain. The soil is a heavy clay, and the rain quickly turns it into slippery mess.
Giuditta looking up at the drone
To connect the house to the yard, the contractors cut a hole in the original retaining wall, and then put in sandstone stairs