Utilizing Your Backyard Space

May 04, 2016

Utilizing Your Backyard Space

retaining wall

Not enough backyard space?

Finding the space in your backyard to host friends or family can be difficult when you live on a hill.

Yards that slope towards or away from a home provide a unique challenge for decorating or landscaping as lawn furniture and outdoor equipment require level ground to rest upon. The best way to fix this solution without destroying the entire yard is to build a retaining wall.

What is a Retaining Wall?

Retaining walls provide a way for homeowners to restructure their backyard by changing the ground elevation at a certain point in the yard. The wall is designed to hold back earth and prevent dirt and material from eroding as well as providing level ground on one side of the wall.

Why Build a Retaining Wall?

Building a retaining wall in a yard can enable homeowners to level out the ground surrounding their house and then use that space for socializing with friends and family. The additional flat space that a yard gains from having a retaining wall can be used to meet a variety of recreational and landscaping needs.

Typical Construction Materials

Retaining walls are typically made out of concrete, brick, masonry, stone, reinforced soil, or a mixture of any of these materials. The wide range of materials that can be used to build a retaining wall vary in price and visual appeal, but they can always visually improve any backyard space.

The Benefits

One of the best benefits of building a retaining wall is the ability to open up additional living space to new landscaping opportunities. Adding a colorful retaining wall can spruce up a dull lawn and add focal points within the backyard space. The wall can also be used to tie the backyard and home style together by using similar colors and design aspects.

A retaining wall can also create a natural division in a yard’s layout, which can help section off the living space from the recreational area.

Building a retaining wall is an easy way to add visual interest to a backyard and create a new, functional living space.