Our home is located on a 1.75 acre lot with about .75 acres landscaped. The problem we have is that our home is located 100 ft back from the street and below grade. Our front lawn, which is the bulk of our yard has about a 10 degree slope and is about 50ftx100ft. The remainder of our lot is wooded, with a perennial stream and wetlands towards the back end. We love the privacy the woods offer us and are trying to find a way to utilize our yard better. We have a 6 year old son and 3 yr old daughter. I’m looking for suggestions in making the most of our yard space and figuring out a way to make our land match the beauty of our 12 year old home. We moved into this home 1 year ago and plan to stay until our kids are out of school and we are retired. I myself am a Marine Combat veteran with a love of the outdoors. We would like to have a yard where we want to spend the majority of our time and pass on this love of being outside to our children. The front yard leaves me scratching my head on how to make it somewhere we would like to congregate. I don’t know if I should wall in our property or somehow figure out a way to add a patio out front without it looking stupid. We also own the land above the rock retaining wall to the right of the house. Any ideas or suggestions are welcome. I have pictures but for some reason i can't seem to upload them.