Problems with this job included a sunken backyard, poor drainage, and an old retaining wall that had to go.
A concrete footing — like what you’d use for a basement wall — was poured to support the new retaining wall.
Portland-cement plaster and a coat of tar makes the wall water-resistant and prepares it for stone veneer.
PVC pipe and crushed stone drain the wall. The ground below the deck was graded toward the wall, and then covered with crushed stone.
With the ledgers installed, framing was typical. The blocking will support seam boards in the decking.