Retaining Walls &
Retaining Wall Construction
Retaining walls are a great way to even out sloped yards and add more dimension to your landscape. A well built wall should give you decades of service, which is why it is important to make sure your wall is built with precision.
Wild Bloom crafts artistic and structurally sound retaining walls for any and all outdoor environments. From stone to block walls, our masons emphasize aesthetics and lasting durability.
Types of Retaining Walls
- Dry Stacked Stone
- Allan Block
- Concrete Masonry Units
- Boulder Walls
- Lumber Walls
- Gabion Walls
- Poured Concrete
- Mortared Stone Walls
- Timber Walls
- Stone Veneer Walls
Masonry can be a crucial part of a well designed and built landscape. It can form the basis for stunning accents or integral outdoor features.
Proper masonry construction ensures strong foundations for your outdoor landscape features. It takes years of training and practice for a mason to perfect their skills and be able to consistently produce high quality work.
Just as critial as the construction end of masonry is design. From the stone veneer on your outdoor kitchen to the reinforced footing on your bock wall, everything needs to be pre-planned in order to get the best results.
Our dedicated team of masons and stone workers are ready to craft your new outdoor wall or masonry project. Diligence and an eye for detail ensure structural stability and stunning looks.
Questions to consider about your retaining wall or masonry project
There are quite a few different types of retaining walls to choose from. Dry stacked block, natural stone, mortared block, or poured in place concrete are just a few of the options. We will be happy to offer guidance and help make this choice with you.
There are 3 main considerations when deciding on what type of wall to choose – price, aesthetics, and structural stability.
A mortared block wall with stone veneer may be the best choice for aesthetics and structure, yet it might also be a more expensive option. Upon comparison, a lumber retaining wall could be the most inexpensive option, but it might not be structurally secure enough for your slope.
A retaining wall is typically a fairly prominent feature in your outdoor space. That’s why it is important to consider what style of wall you want.
You can start by determining whether you are going for an informal style or a formal style. An informal style will have more curvy and meandering lines, while a formal style will feature straight, clean lines.
Another consideration that will affect the style of the wall is whether to use natural or manufactured materials. For example, a stacked stone wall will have a much different look and feel than a poured in place concrete wall.
There are several other points to consider for the style of your wall and we will gladly help you choose the best option for your home.
Seating walls are popular patio features. They provide permanent, built in seating for your patio or entertaining area and can be a striking addition to your outdoor space.
Seating walls are often built on the perimeter of the patio and include space for several people to sit. They are often built using stacked blocks or mortared blocks with a stone veneer.
Seating walls are certainly worth considering if you are building a space for large get-togethers with friends and family.
Natural stone veneer is a very popular choice. It comes in many different styles and can fit with a variety of landscape styles.
Cultured, or manufactured stone veneer is very much like natural stone, but it is often less expensive. The drawback is that it doesn’t quite have the same authentic look and feel of natural stone. That said, there are some really nice manufactured stone veneers that do a great job of mimicking natural stone.
Another option to consider is using wood for veneer. A hardwood such as ipe or even redwood can make for a beautiful veneer. As a bonus, wood veneers can be stained to match the tones and colors of the house and landscape.
Absolutely not! Although the questions above are posed to help you think of different ideas, we in no way expect you to have any of the details figured out.
Wild Bloom will collaborate with you to make the choices regarding style and materials, and we will do all the leg work to plan the specifications for the wall.
Wall height, batter, setbacks, footing size, drainage, and more will be determined as we design the wall and create any needed construction documents.
Retaining walls must be built with precision to stand the test of time and even tiny mistakes can cause major issues down the road. We will take the load off your back and handle all the details.