Your landscaping sets the stage for the beauty of the exterior of your home. Whether you are accentuating and beautifying the front of your home or creating a tranquil space in your backyard, there are few ways better than strategically adding gardens and landscaping. One thing to consider when planning your landscaping is the use of stone retaining walls.
Proper retaining wall design and construction can help make usable space out of a steep slope, provide a place for landscape plantings and even create a level area for a driveway. With proper retaining wall design, you can build a long-lasting and functional structure that will add value to your home or business. Important considerations in retaining wall design and construction are height and length, suitable base, properly compacted backfill and efficient drainage.
This post is the third in a series covering the construction of an elegant but practical front entry. In this post, we look at retaining wall construction and how, once again, the quality and durability is in the preparation and foundation.
There are several ways to build a retaining walls just as there are several materials which can be used. Retaining walls are one of the most integral parts of landscaping, both residentially and commercially. Many homes and buildings are built no hilly or uneven ground (especially in New England). When a building is on a slope it is extremely important to ensure the solidity of the rock and soil around the base of the building. In addition soil can shift overtime throughout the landscape which makes retaining walls an important structure to maintain the natural beauty and shape of the land.
The retaining wall has grown in popularity over the years as a way to transform the landscape of homes. There are retaining walls of all sizes made of all materials. Often they are used to stabilize earth while providing a beautiful addition to your landscaping. Today we’re going to go over some
Everyone wants a better front or backyard. Many hire landscapers to do this job, since they can provide the planning, skilled manpower, and materials needed for these large projects. But some people would rather work on their own yards, with time and self-education on their side. One of the biggest hurdles for these kinds of hands-on home improvers is figuring out what materials they need to properly landscape their home, and what quantity and quality they will need. Below are six of the most common materials needed for landscaping projects.
Retaining walls hold up soil that would otherwise slide away, helping the landscape maintain its shape and making the space in front of it usable for walking, sitting or gardening. It’s usually necessary for areas near soil fault lines or water runoff causing hillside erosion. A retaining wall protects foundations by preventing the loss of supporting soil or pressure from accumulation of sliding soil. Adding a retaining wall improves the look and property value of your home.
Whenever you start the process of building a retaining wall, one of the big decisions that you face is how to choose the type of retaining wall material that is right for your project. Because of the variety of different materials available, you will need to consider several factors before you make your final decision.
Although retaining walls are a seemingly simple enhancement to any landscaping project, nearly 80% of all residential retaining walls fail at one point or another because of poor drainage. Even though it is often passed over, drainage is the most important aspect of any retaining wall’s structure.