It’s widely known that landscaping can add value, beauty and functional living space to a home — but that’s not all. According to the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), homeowners also value personal expression and creativity when it comes to their landscape.
Here’s some information to help you choose a retaining wall system that suits not just your landscape needs, but your style — from vintage to contemporary to traditional.
For a more natural-looking landscape, ask your landscape contractor or home improvement store associate for a concrete retaining wall system with rough-hewn (also referred to as split or distressed-split) or tumbled blocks. These systems offer a time-worn look and feature rounded edges or exposed aggregates.
Style idea: Combine rough-hewn or tumbled walls with candles and a fire feature to create a cozy outdoor retreat.
The Fresco™ wall system is a versatile, tumbled product that handy homeowners and contractors alike can transform into fire pits, planter walls, benches and more. (Click here for more DIY Fresco wall system project ideas.)
The Highland Stone® wall system can be used to build outdoor projects of all types, such as grill surrounds or seat walls. It’s popular with residential contractors because of its versatility and availability in multiple heights.
Distinctive Look of Stone
There’s a variety of retaining wall systems with face styles inspired by the look and color of natural stone.
Style idea: Stone-inspired walls and flowers in soft hues add elegance to any home’s landscape.
For do-it-yourself landscapers, the Natural Impressions® Flagstone retaining wall system resembles courses of flagstone. The ChiselWall® retaining wall system looks like hand-chiseled stone.
For professionally-installed retaining walls, the Brisa® Random wall system has the look of split limestone in varying heights and sizes.
More traditional concrete retaining wall systems are manufactured with a straight or beveled face.
The Windsor Stone® retaining wall system features a beveled face. It has long been a best-selling block because it looks great in any landscape, is easy to install and is widely available through home improvement retailers and landscape dealers across the Midwest.
Style idea: Set a traditional wall system apart from the rest by adding finishing touches such as caps, curves — or both.
For more ideas on which wall system will best enhance your home landscape, view our full selection of Anchor™ retaining wall products. And don’t forget to tell us which style is your favorite in the comments section below!