Before I completed the "skull wall", I moved on to the
north-facing stairs. I actually needed the planter towers
that flank the stairs as a frame of reference for the
height of the skull wall so I took a break on the skull
wall to complete Phase 4. The first step was to lay out a
dry run of what the steps would look like. Unlike
the three rises of steps that I build during
Phase 1, the slope of the ground was deeper in
this part of the yard, requiring another rise
After completing the forms, I dropped in some
reinforcement before pouring the foundation.
Also unlike the
west-facing stairs, I learned my lesson and
installed the irrigation and low-voltage wiring
BEFORE completing the stairs. Otherwise, I would
have had to dig out underneath the foundation to run
pipe and wire.
The work took about three months of weekends and early
mornings, which I wanted to complete before the weather
got too hot outside to do masonry.