Working on the Landscaping Board today...
I know it seems like a job for the end but I need to at least lay out the plan and mock it up because the hillside will determine where "stone"goes on the outside of the basement.
Additionally the new front stairs are an integral part of the landscaped hill and therefore careful height planning is needed to incorporate the stairs later. I've decided on three flights with two turns, thanks to the greenleafers who weighed in last post and suggested three.
As you can see it's a fairly rough mock-up but you get the idea.
I've built the second flight of stairs into the "hillside" because I felt this was more realistic for a hillside set of stairs rather than having them cantilever off the retaining wall. A bonus is I won't have to have railings on this flight & it also allows me to butt the third flight up against the wall creating the need for only one short stair railing at this level.
The other bonus is it allows me to extend the hillside at the front of the board to allow more front yard even though I will likely shape this front portion of the foam into a gentle slope with a smaller retaining wall to soften the look.
Looking at this picture now.... I might also move the second flight of stairs backwards a bit, to line up the lip of the top step with the back of the top flights last step... I think it looks a bit strange at the moment and it will also give me a bit of space between the driveway and the front path for greenery.