6 Things Every Home Owner Should Know about a Retaining Wall

A retaining wall can be a good investment. Here are a few great suggestions to help you make that happen:

  • Match it with your home. While these walls are typically used to hold back soil, says the DIY Network, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t look stylish. So look into blending it in with the rest of your outdoor living space or home.
  • Go with a multi-purpose one. You can integrate the wall into other structures or as a part of your outdoor space, as a handy ledge for your grill or gallery for your potted plants. Find a way to multi-use that space so you can get the most out of it.
  • Be creative. You can dress up those straight walls. Opt for curved corners. Explore what else you can do. Your retaining walls don’t have to look boring if you don’t want them to.
  • Get help. Walls that are about less than four feet are easy enough to plan for and do on your own. However, if you’ve got something bigger in mind, you’ll need to hire an engineer to help you out. You wouldn’t want to violate any local codes, after all. Also, a professional can help you maximize and plan out the space right down to the last inch so you don’t end up wasting any space.
  • Pick the right material. If you already have a material in mind—like manufactured blocks and stone—talk to your contractor about it. That way, you’ll know if your picks are feasible or not, and whether they’re the best match for your weather.
  • Check for drainage. You’ll need to include this in your plan. If your contractor handles that part, then don’t forget to ask about the drainage.

With these tips, you have all the more reasons to have these walls built in your home.

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