We moved into a new build recently. Happy with the house but the garden needs work. As you can see from the photo, 50% of our garden is a steep hill. We know trying to flatten the hill would be very expensive and hard work (due to waste and support). An option we are considering is to only flatten to where the grass currently ends in the picture. This would allow us to extend the current patio next the house (taking up some of the current lawn) while making the lawn more usable and giving the impression the lawn is longer. What are your thoughts on the below: Flattening up to where the lawn currently ends and then Stepping the incline (see "image 2 ideas") using walls at the front and placing artificial turf on the flat surfaces Perhaps placing steps in the middle of the stepped sections so that it's easy to get up and down it all Questions I have/ my line of thinking: Budget is of course something I need to bare in mind given most of my savings have gone into purchasing the house. I've thought about soil removal and how to minimize this, hence the stepped approach instead of trying to flatten more of it Is this something I could potentially do myself by hiring a mini-digger & driver for a day or would your recommendation be to get the professionals in (if latter, any indication at all how much I'd be looking at for a job like this) I assume the walls at the front of each step would need to be retaining? I'd plan on doing this via a gravity wall or cinder/rebar. If anyone thinks this is a stupid idea then feel free to let me know. Just trying to think of good ways to make use of an otherwise wasted garden and without blowing the bank. I could probably have more of a budget in the future if I waited a year or two but would like to get it done now if possible. Another option I guess is to use sleepers instead of walls but would love to hear what others think if you was in this situation. Cheers.