Decorative retaining walls and staircases have the ability to transform a simple space into a tiered terrace. Retaining walls may work to manage runoff and soil but can also provide privacy, ease of movement, and section off specific areas.
Large hills can be divided into layers to create architectural interest and add majesty to an otherwise simple slope. Though retaining walls take away from grassy real estate, they can make yards appear larger and more functional. Tiered wall designs are also great for keeping kids play areas for separated from areas used for entertaining.
Decorative walls are a perfect way to add extra seating for backyard barbeques and conversations around the fire. With a few simple outdoor pillows and cushions, walls become beautiful benches. Depending on their height, retaining walls can also be used as tables or buffets.
If you need a little privacy, retaining walls can help separate you from the rest of the crowd. Make your wall into a planter to create even more height and a natural division of space. Curved walls create intimacy and a feeling of closeness.
Mosey On Up
Make summits less steep with a staircase that sprawls across your space rather than cuts right through it. Design landings along the way to offer a place to rest and relax.
Keep It Natural
Use naturally shaped stones arranged somewhat randomly will give your design a more organic feel. Choosing stones native to your area will help the ecosystem and make the design seem more serendipitous.
When you have two major gathering places (e.x a hot tub and firepit) that are visually competing for attention, retaining walls can help separate them and provide intimacy to each space. If your yard is fairly flat, you can use fill dirt to create height differences.
If you don’t want to sacrifice grassy areas with large flower beds or just need some privacy from the neighbors, forgo the fence and use wood or stone to create elevated planter walls. Plant low maintenance flora if the planters are too high or hard to move around in.