If you are looking for a way to enhance the landscaping of your Hamilton home and set yourself apart from the neighbours, you just might consider putting up a wall – a retaining wall, that is.
Most people think of retaining walls as being purely functional. They can help create useable areas where there is sloped terrain, prevent soil erosion, and help reduce the risk of flooding. And while these are all excellent reasons to have retaining walls, they can also create style and beauty in your landscape. And for added function, be sure to incorporate a few steps into the design.
Retaining walls can often end up as a backdrop for your terrace or garden, and they can even help to boost the value of your Hamilton home. Here are just a few ideas as to how you can incorporate retaining walls and steps into your landscape design.
Retaining wall with flower beds
Do you love to have a pop of colour in your front yard? Consider building a retaining wall that has built-in flower beds. The contrast between the concrete wall and jewel-toned flowers can give your property that extra wow factor you’ve been looking for.
Rocky or natural stone retaining walls
If your aesthetic is more of a rustic one, you don’t have to go with conventional concrete retaining walls. Instead, you could use boulders and rocks or natural stone to create a retaining wall that looks more natural.
Add stone steps to the design
To ensure you can access all levels of your property easily, be sure to incorporate stone steps into the design where it makes sense to do so.
Use timber for a cost-effective design
Need to build a retaining wall on a budget? Wood can also make a great choice for a retaining wall. Just keep in mind, though, that timber retaining walls will have a shorter lifespan than ones made from stone, so they will need to be repaired or replaced more often. Also, if using chemically treated wood, be careful about how close you plant to them, as the chemicals could be harmful to flowers and plants.
Include a fireplace
Do you love spending time outside with friends and family sitting around a fire? Consider building an outdoor fireplace to match your retaining wall and give yourself the cozy little outdoor space you’ve always wanted.
Add wall seating
Adding bench seating to your retaining wall is a creative wall to make the most out of your space. This is especially great for smaller yards where you may not have a lot of room for outdoor furniture.
Light it up
To add some evening ambiance to your space, consider incorporating lighting into your retaining wall. Not only does this add a wow factor, but it also increases the safety and security of your property.
Contact Evergreen Landscapes today
If you are considering adding retaining walls and steps to your outdoor design, the possibilities are endless. Let our team help you create an ideal design for your Hamilton home. Contact us today!