Diy timber retaining wall ideas


Here’s one of the more exciting brick wall design ideas that we came across – it’s simple, yet complicated. Having the stones overlap to show “pockets” of shadows is a grand way to add a new concept to an ancient wall. This would glance grand if you own a larger wall space to cover since the more shadow pockets, the better with this specific design. This concept would really make your home stand out in any neighborhood.


If you’re looking for any diy retaining wall ideas, here’s a nifty video explaining just how to do it!

Filled with plenty of advice and examples, this short video will set you up with every the correct materials needed for the project and offer a few insights and options in order to achieve your ideal retainer wall design. This video breaks below the whole process and makes it seem simple enough. Take the advice given in the video and use it to create your own exciting design!


This design is super tidy when it comes to cool retaining walls.

The design calls for interlocking blocks to finish the wall. Exterior of the normal brick or planter box concept, these blocks are cylindrical shaped and add so much depth to the whole concept. You can really select any type of shape you love, but these cylindrical blocks are incredibly unique for that artsy garden concept you may be wanting to achieve.


When it comes to retaining wall landscaping, this concept is unique in that it calls for regular garden planter boxes.

Again with the “shadow” effect, this wall creates those grand pockets of shadows that just makes the whole wall glance incredible. Since any home improvement store should carry these types of planter boxes, you can discover a design, color and shape that would suit your needs perfectly and match any type of décor you have.


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Stop here if you’re looking for any short retaining wall ideas!

This is a grand short retainer wall stacked concept that offers so much depth to the outdoor space. The walls are so short, that you wouldn’t even need a whole lot of material to get the occupation done. You could even make this an simple garden layout and plant diverse types of flowers or plants in each tier of the garden. The wall design would make the design glance polished and clean.


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Here’s a gorgeous design using concrete blocks. Massive concrete blocks, that is. If you’re browsing through any cinder block retaining wall ideas, this one may be the design to stop at. The blocks are neutral grey, but huge and textured to add exciting character and depth to any garden space.

The rock steps cut into the massive blocks looks almost love a fairy tale scene in the woods. This is a grand thought for a summer getaway home or lodge in the mountains.


Concrete retaining wall designs don’t own to be one color. In this unique design, neutral gray and brown stones entwine for an eye-catching layout. Pairing neutral toned bricks love these together can add exciting depth and texture to any outdoor area, especially if they happen to match a tiled garden floor, as pictured.

It’s an simple way to “decorate” a wall without making it too apparent that it is there. It naturally meshes with the landscape and décor.


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One of the most unique rock retaining wall ideas – this design utilizes jagged textured slabs of rock to create a wall picturesque enough to be in a garden magazine! The slabs of rock or concrete make the viewer believe that the wall is actually comprised of a bunch of roughly cut rocks instead of clean slabs of textured rock. Not only is it pleasing to the eye, but it’s so simple to install since the slabs own done every the work for you!



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Construction How-To, LandscapingJanuary 2, Sonia

I love building retaining walls.

It’s enjoyment to be out in warm weather cutting large timbers and doing a project that sees quick, upward progress. However, the standard stack of horizontal 6-by-6′s wasn’t a design that worked for me, so when it came time to design a wall for my own yard, I went looking for something with a little more texture and style but with the same mass and power as a standard style wall. I found it, and every it took was standing those 6-by-6′s on their head.

This post-and-plank system is based on the way seawalls (or bulkheads) work.

You set posts into the ground, vertically, then plank behind them. This creates a wall with texture and shadow lines with nice hollows between the posts for plantings or grass. And, because there’s so much post buried in the ground, a wall love this is solid state and resists moving, even if the soil on the hill you’re holding back is mobile.

Save yourself some headaches and own the material delivered. Lumber yards with forklifts, can assist you stage the material correct where you desire it.

Prep Work

Preparation is key to getting a project off on the correct foot.

For this one, there were two critical steps to a excellent kick-off; obtaining a building permit and sourcing materials and equipment. Because my build time is limited (weekends), it’s significant to me to source every materials and equipment in one put.

Diy timber retaining wall ideas

This saves phone calls and leg work. For me, this was my local Home Depot. I could purchase every the landscaping supplies including lumber and fasteners, and even rent the excavation equipment, every under one roof.

Permit. The easiest way to know if you need a permit (and what’s required if you do) is to call your building inspector’s office and own them stroll you through the process.

Mine was extremely helpful and simple to work with. Although building inspectors are busy and shouldn’t be used as a design source, mine offered me some excellent advice.

Materials. The lumber for this wall will be ACQ pressure-treated 6-by-6 and 2-by-8′s with double hot-dipped galvanized fasteners. There’s no beating pressure-treated lumber in ground-contact situations. The reason for double hot-dipped galvanized fasteners, as opposed to electro-galvanized or coated, is that the new formula for pressure treating lumber has one serious drawback: It corrodes unprotected steel.

The final tip on materials is this: Get it delivered, even if the yard charges for delivery.

Lots of DIY-ers love to go to the lumber yard and max out their trucks. With a load as heavy and endless as this one, that’s a waste of your time and your truck’s shocks.

Equipment. My Home Depot store is also a full-dress rental middle, and I was capable to rent an AC Prowler, a mini skid-steer. The beauty of this package is that it comes with a pail and several augers, so I can use it to drill post holes (auger attachment) and move ground (bucket attachment) both for construction prep and final backfill.

Hack away a couple of feet of hill with a mattock to loosen it so the loader can cart it away.

I took out about 2 feet of hill for this project, but wish I had taken away another 6 inches.

Excavation and Layout

So I can own access to the back of the posts later to install the plank, I notch out the hill with the Prowler’s bucket.

Next, because I’m building against a sidewalk, I sweep up and layout my post locations, which is 3-feet on middle. I mark them in chalk on the sidewalk. If I were doing this elsewhere (like on grass) I’d set up a string between 2-foot rebar rods set 1-foot into the ground to mark where I desire the front of the posts to land.

Next, I’d set penny spikes in the middle of each hole location, and then remove the string so I could work (Don’t remove the rebar; you’ll need it later).

We dug 30 4-foot deep holes in one endless day with this machine, including every the pail work.

Drill the holes. It’s brilliant to go below at least 3 feet. This provides the posts the muscle they need to hold back that hill.

Cut the posts to length, drop them in the hole, set them to the string height, plumb in both directions, then brace with 2-by at the base.

Post Placement and Concrete

Level the Wall Top. Set your layout string up again.

It’s significant to set the post faces straight along your layout line. In my case, I lucked out with a sidewalk to follow, though I had to use a chipping hammer to carefully remove some concrete under grade to get the posts flush to the edge. To get the wall top level (as opposed to following the grade of the earth) set up a second layout string at the exact height you desire your wall to finish out. Securely braced 2-by-4′s or rebar will work well to hold the string.

A line-level will assist you get a level string-line. You can also use a laser level. Hold your 2-by-4 string holders at least 4 feet from the wall location on each finish so you own room to work.

Theres always that one hole you own to dig by hand. In our case, there was a pile of subterranean concrete impeding a post. A pound chipping hammer does the trick.

We held the posts in position with temporary 2-by bracing to make certain they stayed level and plumb.

Setting Posts Using Temporary Bridging. With your level string-line in put, you can now measure below to the edge of the hole.

Let’s tell its 4-feet from the level string line to the hole. Add 3-feet for the hole depth and you know you need a 7-foot tall post. Cut the post to length. Plan for the finish you cut to go in the ground, leaving the factory cut finish up.

Tool Tip: When cutting a 6-by-6, the thought here is to measure once, cut 5-times. Tell you need to cut a 7-foot length of 6 x 6; measure and use a layout square to mark every four faces of the stock.

Cut the line, then roll the piece and cut the next line until you’ve cut every the way around. Since a /4-inch circ saw won’t cut every the way through, finish the cut with a handsaw or recip saw. To make really quick work of it, use an /4-inch circ saw. This cut is likely to be ugly, which is why you desire it in ground.

Once the posts were plumb and braced, we set each post in 80 pounds of concrete.

Next, measure below from the top of the post 4 feet on each side and draw a line across using a layout square. On the above-grade side of the line on each side, nail or screw a 2-by-4 scrap to bridge the hole. The scrap should be twice as endless as the hole is wide. Drop the post in the hole and use diagonal braces to hold it plumb in every directions.

Measure for each post below the line. You may own to shim one side of the bridging to get the post plumb. This can be tricky so take it slowly. Once every the posts are in, nail 2-by-4 bracing across the top. Tip: Screws or pneumatically driven nails often work best in these applications because there’s no pounding on the material you’re trying to hold stationary (as will happen when using a hammer and nails). And, screws are easiest to remove.

The best way to get the concrete to flow around the post bottoms is to stir it in a wheelbarrow and pour it in. make certain to hose below every posts, sidewalks, grass, etc.

after finishing to dilute spillage.

Concrete. Next, stir an pound bag of concrete in a wheelbarrow for each post hole and pour it in. Hold your garden hose handy to wash away any concrete that gets on the posts. Double-check every posts for plumb and straight in every directions. Adjust as necessary while the concrete is still wet.

Start the decking at the top and work your way below. This ensures that every but the final boards, wich finish in the ground, will be even.

Drive a nail or screw 1/3 of the way in as a cleat to assist hold up endless boards. make certain decking material is dry before installing.


Ideally, you can wait for the concrete to cure, but since this system is set up with temporary bracing, you don’t own to and you can start planking, which will actually hold everything in put even better once it’s installed. Be certain the bracing is extremely stable though, so the posts stay put. Leaving your strings in put assist you gauge if the posts are moving or stationary.

Start at the top and work below. If your wall is longer than the lumber you order, you’ll own to splice the planks.

Always splice them on a post and stagger your joints as far away from each other as your materials will allow.

To make life simple, I set a screw as a cleat to hold each plank where I desire it, then use a cordless impact driver to set four 3-inch deck screws per joint. I also use weather-proof construction adhesive to get a really solid bond and resist cupping.

For the sides, I ran a kicker between posts rather than excavating the entire hill.

The kicker, wihich rests underground on the exterior side of the decking acts as a nailing surface for the return walls.

Tool Tip: Cordless impact drivers are half the size and twice the power of standard cordless drills and are quickly taking over how screws and bolts are driven on site. They make quick work of deck screws, lags and carriage bolts. And, with a hex shank system instead of a chuck, bit changes are almost effortless.

Install the remaining planks, butting each one as tightly as possible to the one before it.

To prevent soil seeping out from under the wall, install at least part of the final plank under grade. If this disturbs footings or bracing, wait until the concrete has cured before installing this piece.

Corner Detail. If your wall makes a correct angle return love mine does, install a 2-by-4 cleat to the back of the front planking. This cleat will give the planking from the return something to fasten to, and hold you from having to use another 6-by-6 post.

Drainage. Ground water is a serious stress on retaining walls and the best way to deal with it is to let it out. Every 4 feet or so, drill a /2-inch hole in the middle of the lowest full-plank.

Sheet the decking with geotextile fabric.

A hammer tacker is perfect to put it on quick and securely.

Fabric. To prevent mud and silt from seeping through the planks, install geotextile fabric on the back of the wall.

Tool Tip: To install the geotextile fabric, staple guns work but they’re slow.

Diy timber retaining wall ideas

Hammer tackers—because a hammer strike drives the staple in a divide second—let you fly through the job.


Once the concrete in the footing holes has fully cured, strip the bracing and install the final plank. Next, fill in each post hole. Every foot or so, use the head of a sledge hammer to tamp the ground below. The more compact it is, the harder the posts will hold.

Now, lay a sheet of geotextile fabric on the ground and cover with a course of 2-inch crushed rock or rubble, then shroud that with one more layer of fabric.

This leaves a porous layer at the base of the wall to dissipate water from heavy rains and snow melt.

If you’re fortunate, you still own your Prowler and can use the pail to move ground and backfill the hole the wall has created. Overfill the hole 4 inches or so, because the soil will settle eventually.

Route the edges of your top plate for a nice finished glance. For light edging tasks, I leave the routers in the store and use a trim router on site.

Capping off and Final Details

Cap. The final wall piece is the 2-by cap, which I install flush to the back of the planking and let overhang the front /2 inches.

Rather than miter the corners—a miter will open no matter what—I use a butt joint. I then use a round-over bit on my router to ease the edges.

The final wall piece is the 2-by cap installed flush to the back of the planking and overhanging the front by /2 inches.

Final Details. Because the front of the post-and-plank wall has contour, there are nice pockets between each post. This makes a perfect spot for plantings and is a way to dress the wall year circular. Kale and cabbage for drop and winter, annuals in summer or bulbs for spring color.

Shrubs work, and a bark mulch bed works, too. The top of the wall provides a similar space. You can edge it with plantings and a bark mulch bed, or you can increase the size of your lawn and plant grass correct up to it.

To add another color to the palette, tinted wood sealer (like you’d put on your deck) is another way to give the wall life and maintain the lumber that will get baked by the sun or soaked in the snow.

Editor’s Note: Mark Clement is a previous home improvement contractor and author of The Carpenter’s Notebook, the tale of a home-improvement carpenter who learns life     improvement lessons on his jobsite.

His website is He lives and writes in Ambler, PA.



This wall snakes alongside a grand walking trail in the middle of nature. The pale stones outline the trail, which is even grand at night. Since the rock is pale, the moonlight would reflect off the rock and create a grand path for night walkers or people who prefer not to stroll in the heat of the day. This is a gorgeous path thought that would be suitable for any outdoor space that is longer or a wall that needs sprucing up.


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When browsing through retaining wall with steps ideas, you’ll come across everything from elegant design to rustic beauty.

This photo, for example, could be considered elegant due to the cut, texture and color of the rock. I could only imagine how gorgeous the patio the stairs lead up to would be. You can create a retaining wall to line stairs, love this, and completely make the space your own. The colored flowers along each side are added bonuses to this grand layout.


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This is a grand retaining type wall thought that holds within in congruent shapes.

The vintage feel of the subdued colors of the rock make this an exciting trail to stroll along. You could easily create your own custom mosaic designs by using cut rock set in larger pieces. This is a grand way to give your outdoor area plenty of personality without bogging it below by repetition. This rock seems to be a bit on the thicker side, but you can easily use any width of rock for the project.


This wall thought is an artist’s dream!

With so much texture, shape and lines, the wall is practically an art piece on its own. To make it even more exciting, incorporate varying colors of rock to create a mosaic masterpiece that would naturally be eye-catching. The grout between the stones could also be changed – either lighter or darker colors could be used to make this grand concept your extremely own masterpiece.


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This thick barrier wall is the top of a retainer wall made completely of dark rock. The variation of tone and color make this wall so exciting to glance at and it comes completely customizable since you can virtually discover every colors of rock out there these days.

The way the top of this wall snakes across the garden scene makes the yard seem more put together and clean. Add some flowering plants and trees to the sides of the wall, and you own a custom, beautiful garden.


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There are numerous designs when searching for retaining wall ideas for a hill, but one of the most elegant images includes a wrought iron fence standing tall above a grand rock wall. Everything about this layout is grand – from the home set in the back to the luscious ferns spilling out over the wall. Using a retaining wall as a planter, of sorts, is always a grand thought because it’s a grand way to polish up nature.


Here’s a grand concept when searching for retaining wall ideas for a slope.

The natural rocks may seem love they were just there by chance, but the rocks actually serve as a beautiful grand wall. The larger stones compared to the smaller rocks at the bottom make the whole scene glance rugged and natural. This is a perfect décor concept for a minimalist or someone who doesn’t love too numerous frills outside.


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These crescent-shaped retaining wall ideas almost act as a carousel, circling along the wall and creating a concept that is gorgeous and unique.

It almost looks as if these walls could act as planters on their own. You could most certainly use this textured concept purely for an area that has numerous plants, or even a rock garden. The possibilities are endless with this thought, and by adding more color into the scene you could construct an outdoor area completely your own.


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This is a beautiful retainer wall that tells a tale, it seems.

Diy timber retaining wall ideas

There is a sun, woods and trees every in one grand wall that holds a picture. You could easily start a project love this, or even add to an existing wall, by cementing or gluing colored bits of rock and rock to create your own rustic masterpiece. I would imagine this would be a grand project for a family that has kids and tries to stay true to traditions.


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This is a grand layout that features both large and smaller stones to create a retainer wall that is absolutely gorgeous!

Not only gorgeous, but this concept is so unique in design. I love the thought of starting a wall with large stones and filling in the gaps with smaller stones. To make this thought more enjoyment, use varying colors of stones to create a gorgeous outdoor art masterpiece. Again, this would also be a enjoyment project for families with kids.


This grand thought calls for a main retainer wall, but the planter is also a retaining design of sorts. The varying stones that cut away from each other add depth and texture to the scene.

The planter box acts as its own retaining wall made of rock and is completely diverse from the retainer wall in the back. Placing a smaller retainer wall planter box in front of the main wall is a grand thought with so numerous possibilities.


Here is a grand example for lake retaining wall ideas. This property set by a lake is circled by a rock wall. The color of the rock and the home are almost identical – but with diverse tone. This add exciting depth, texture and landscape, especially when set correct next to the beautiful lake behind it. This is a grand way to use nature to your advantage and decorate a side wall with natural stone.


This exciting wall features thinly cut, stacked colorful rock.

It’s a grand thought for a shorter wall concept or even a smaller wall that you’re trying to build around a planter. The stacked rock adds so much texture and color the scene, it’s amazing there aren’t more ideas that include this type of rock.

Diy timber retaining wall ideas

I could see this thought in an artistic garden compete with the relaxing sounds of a water feature babbling in the background.


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This layout seems to be more on the traditional side. The home seems ancient fashioned, but definitely not outdated. The gorgeous wood cuts across the sky and you can’t assist but notice that grand rock retaining wall across the edges.

There is something with the incorporation of rock and wood that makes a home glance classy and really put together. This would be a grand thought for a home in the woods or a summer getaway in the trees.


This large rock retaining wall circles the exterior of this incredibly beautiful home. The whole scene is gorgeous and the colors meld effortlessly against the gray sky. The green of the grass, grey of the rock and brilliant purple of the tree next to the estate every add to the grand kaleidoscope of color this scene encompasses.

This is proof that a retaining concept can be so much more than just a wall exterior a property.


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Here’s a grand thought for a tiered retaining wall made of rock bricks. The rounded bricks almost glance ancient – as if they were the same bricks used to cobble a highway way back when. When using rock bricks such as these for retaining wall designs, it’s simple to spruce up the front yard or back garden.

Add your favorite shrubs or flowering plants for a gorgeous garden area come spring.

Retaining Wall Costs By Materials

When it comes to building your retaining wall and choosing your preferred building materials, you own multiple options. The taller the wall, the more money you’ll own to invest in its foundation. Generally a wall above 4’ will require engineering. Costs under are for wall material alone. On average you can multiply the material cost by 5 to get the installed price.

Retaining Wall Material Average Price
Cinder Block $4–$6/face ft.
Concrete Block $12–$22/face ft.
Modular Concrete Blocks $6–$9/sq.


Poured Concrete $4–$6/sq. ft.
Top Cap Concrete $–$ pallet or $54 to $69/face ft.
Wood Timber $5–$14/LF panel
Stone Veneer $3–$5/face ft.
Boulder / Rock $–$/ton
Gabion $20–$ per wire cage
Brick $18–22/sq.

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Corten Steel / Metal $98–$/LF
Rammed Earth $12–$20/cubic yard

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An exciting concept to these wall ideas, this photo has grass, timber and rock every in one! Make your own artistic masterpiece by combining every these elements to create a retainer wall that will encompass nature. The wooden retaining wall is short and made of timber, which cleanly separates the grass and rocks.

This would be perfect for a little outdoor garden area or backyard courtyard where guests can sit and enjoy the scenery.


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Skimming through backyard retaining wall ideas, these photos also use wood as the main material for retaining fences. These ideas would be grand for a backyard garden or courtyard area – especially if the scene was set in the woods. Of course, this is not a requirement, but how grand would it be to be snuggled around a fire with loved ones in the middle of nowhere in a gorgeously landscaped outdoor area?


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This article is full of garden retaining wall ideas that mostly feature using timber or wood.

Since wood is more natural, it will more than likely match any type of décor in the backyard area or garden. One of the photos featured in the article depicts wide panels for a fence that is not only unique, but incredibly beautiful. Take some of these ideas into consideration before planning out your wooden retaining fence.


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There are plenty of retaining wall fence ideas out there, but this handy article gives you every the materials and steps you’d need to execute it!

You can easily make this your own design by adhering to these simple, basic tips. If keeping the natural wood glance isn’t what you’re going for, you could easily paint the plywood to match your décor. Plywood is also relatively cheap to purchase and you can discover it in any lumber yard or home improvement store.


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Here is a picture of a retainer wall with sleepers. The clean wall cuts across the lawn in clear cuts. The wood against the green of the freshly cut grass is not only gorgeous, but it’s delightful to glance at. Add a retaining wall with sleepers to your backyard space, or front yard area, for a clean, polished glance that every your guests would love.

This is a grand design concepts for every types of outdoor areas, no matter the size.


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This article features several rock and timber retaining wall pictures that you could easily add to your outdoor areaor courtyard garden. The third photo in features a tiered wall of stained timber that not only adds intrigue to the space, but just looks amazing, too.

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The two tiers with beautifully selected plants create an exciting wall that will no doubt be admired by anyone who sets their eyes on it. This would glance grand in the backyard, possibly around a garden space for a view to be enjoyed while relaxing in your own private space.


While searching through wooden retainer wall ideas, this one specific design stood out. Not only is it your classic rock retainer wall, but this design has a wooden fence to act as an added barrier.

Not that the fence would do a rock or landslide much justice, but the design is what’s truly unique about this setup. Something about mixing the concrete or rock wall with wood gives this an exciting feel and adds a lot without taking away from the wall.


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This image and article depict a wide wooden wall used as a retaining fence. The sunken in garden area is beautiful, as the large panel wooden wall cuts the outline of everything in the background.

It’s a gorgeous layout that is so diverse from typical retainer walls.

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The larger spans of it really adds a degree of height and art. Pair this with a few exciting statues or lawn furniture, and your next party awaits!

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Retaining Wall Cost

An average brick retaining wall that is 30 feet endless and 4 feet high, without any built-in steps or additional reinforcements, is typically around $4,. The average homeowner will pay $35 per square foot and spend between $2, and $6, to build a retaining wall.

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National Average Cost $4,
Minimum Cost $1,
Maximum Cost $10,
Average Range $2, to $6,

This pricing guide covers:

  • Additional Cost Factors
  • Improve the productive and visual appearance of land.
  • DIY Options
  • Replacing An Existing Wall
  • Manage water runoff – diverts water away from the home.
  • How To Build A Retaining Wall
  • Retaining Wall Cost
  • Advantages & Disadvantages
  • Retaining Wall Builders Near Me
  • Protect your foundation – by preventing soil from sliding.

    If there are known fault lines in the area, this is one option to mitigate this risk.

  • Calculating Repair Costs
  • Labor Cost Estimates
  • Types Of Retaining Walls
  • Finding A Retaining Wall Builder
  • Retaining Wall Cost Estimators
  • Create more usable land — creates more usable yard space by converting steep slopes into living spaces.

A retaining wall holds back soil in order to prevent any changes to its structure.

Without the wall, the soil could erode or slide. A retaining wall can also:

  1. Improve the productive and visual appearance of land.
  2. Manage water runoff – diverts water away from the home.
  3. Protect your foundation – by preventing soil from sliding. If there are known fault lines in the area, this is one option to mitigate this risk.
  4. Create more usable land — creates more usable yard space by converting steep slopes into living spaces.

The average homeowner will pay $35/sq.

ft. to build a retaining wall.

A retaining wall holds back soil in order to prevent any changes to its structure. Without the wall, the soil could erode or slide. A retaining wall can also:

  1. Improve the productive and visual appearance of land.
  2. Manage water runoff – diverts water away from the home.
  3. Protect your foundation – by preventing soil from sliding. If there are known fault lines in the area, this is one option to mitigate this risk.
  4. Create more usable land — creates more usable yard space by converting steep slopes into living spaces.

The average homeowner will pay $35/sq.

ft. to build a retaining wall.


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