How close to the house can I terrace my garden?

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Old 04-22-19, 08:07 AM
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How close to the house can I terrace my garden?

I wish to terrace my currently sloping garden. I plan to have a 5 foot terrace (i.e 5 foot drop with retaining wall) approx 16ft from the edge of the house. - is this within any margin of safety?
 
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Old 04-22-19, 09:17 AM
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I have not seen restrictions for things near a home. My inspectors generally allow outside work near a home if it does not affect the soil underneath the footers. They measure from the bottom of the footers outward and down at a 45 degree angle into the ground. If you stay out of that cone you are probably OK. If your retaining wall is 16 feet from the house you should be well clear. Then the only issue might be local zoning or ordinances for a retaining wall of that height.
 
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