Re: What can I do with my retaining wall?
I think the wall looks great the way it is!
I love the stonework and the general appearance of the yard; I hold with the other posters who note a potential problem with any fence modifications, where exactly is the boundary line between the 2 properties, who put up the fence, was the boundary line ever surveyed, and local laws pertaining to all of the above.
I urge you to talk to one of the clerks at your local city hall, or the town lawyer (often called a city soliciter) to determine which laws and local ordinances apply to your particular situation.
In some towns, how long a fence (it looks like the pressure treated beams are a part of the wall/property line/fence) has been in place, & who installed it & maintains it determines the property line between the 2 properties.
Property lot dimensions are originally laid out when the town is incorporated, and amended when property sales (partial & full) are transacted---but that could have been many decades or centuries ago, in some cases----often, much of this info is contained in the DEED that you received at the time you bought your property----read it.
Issues over wood beams and fences are almost always resolved without 3rd party involvement if the 2 property owners take the trouble to talk to each other in a friendly way so that both parties understand that their interests are not being threatened.
Last edited by von_steuben; 11-29-2011 at 10:07 PM.