There are so many other options out there to make your retaining wall a bit more personal and funky that the traditional railway sleepers.
1. Rock Retaining Walls
Natural rocks piled on top of each other an a gradient gives both an industrial and natural look. To enhance the look simply add plants in and around the rock retainers and you have a stunning retaining wall that doubles as a garden.
2. Off-form Concrete
Poured concrete of off-form concrete is simple, sleek and surprisingly sophisticated. Did you ever wonder exactly how this is made? Perhaps you thought a huge truck schlepped each piece over, then champion landscapers unloaded them one at a time? Nope! Poured concrete is all about moulds and forms. Usually, plywood forms are set up and secured in place. Then the concrete is poured between the pieces. After it sets and dries, the forms are removed, finishing touches are then added with acid stain and/or sealer, and voila – you have modern retaining walls. Something you may or may not have come across is timber-look concrete. When the mould or formwork is created, a builder or landscaper can opt for rugged timber planks instead of super-smooth panels. As the concrete dries against the rough textures of the wood planks, they leave impressions of the timber grain on the surface of the concrete, which gives an entirely different dimension to what would have otherwise been a flat plain surface.
3. Concrete Blocks
Stacked concrete blocks can create a linear, mid-century look. Once stacked, the blocks’ colour and mortar between takes it to the next level. These are also easy to work with. Many aggregate blocks come in ultra-lightweight forms and are readily available in light- and dark-grey finishes.
4. Stacked Stone
Although stacked stone can have a wildly expensive look, it can be rather affordable. For most newer stacked-stone walls, each piece is simply a thin, 2.5cm veneer that is usually stocked in a 15 x 30cm size. In order to install it as a retaining wall, a builder first constructs the structure from either pressure-treated plywood or poured concrete. The stacked-stone veneer acts simply as a facade.
If you’re a big lover of natural timber, here’s a modern approach. Five-centimetre thick timber-panels add warmth and are an industrial look. The only real drawback is upkeep: you’ll probably need to restain and reseal the timber twice a year.
Here at Hurst Homes our clients have a one on one meeting with our experienced landscaper out on site to design their perfect garden. As an experienced Wagga Wagga builder we assist you through selecting all aspects of your home to add a personal touch. Just another reason why we are considered Wagga’s Best Builder. Click here to inquire about building your dream home today!
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