When you’re planning to design your backyard oasis, a retaining wall is a feature to consider. From a functionality perspective, retaining walls are useful for creating or reinforcing level spaces for building or planting. Aesthetically, they can be a beautiful centerpiece that separates patio and garden spaces. As you’re designing, keep these three things in mind.
What Is the Purpose?
First, decide if your wall is intended more for functionality or beauty. If the purpose is to hold back soil to create a garden, or you need to protect against erosion, you’ll need wall blocks. Some are intended for higher walls (piled wall) while others require supporting features (cantilever wall). If beauty is your goal, you likely have a vision of how it will fit into your current space or what it will be made out of.
What Is Your Plan?
Once you know what type of wall you need, you need a plan. Most localities require building permits, and in order to obtain one, you’ll need to present plans that include dimensions, materials, and drainage solutions. Some authorities even require that you have your plans certified by a consultant. With so much at stake, trusting a professional to build your retaining wall is likely the easiest solution.
What Type of Material?
Concrete is a commonly used material for walls because it doesn’t rot. Especially in areas such as gardens where there will regularly be a lot of water, it’s important to use a durable material that will last. Another option is to use stone or brick, in which case, look for a mason who can create an eye-catching piece.
A retaining wall can maximize your yard space, prevent erosion, and look beautiful all at the same time. Due to local regulations, it is best to trust a professional to do this work so that you ensure a quality structure that will enhance your home for years to come.