Retaining walls create usable flat ground and quick access to steep elevation changes in your yard.
With the cost of real estate in southern New Hampshire today, it makes sense to use every square inch of it. At Trimmers Landscaping, we approach retaining wall construction in the same way we approach landscape design: Function first…then aesthetics and budget.
Function. A retaining wall has to obey the laws of physics! Putting aesthetics and budget before function can be very expensive in the long run!
Aesthetics. There are many color and style choices for both concrete retaining wall block and natural stone. Terracing is a good way to scale down a high wall and make it less intimidating.
Budget. The decision to build with retaining wall block or stone is often based on budget. Because it really isn’t practical to “build half a wall,” cost-cutting often happens in material selection choices rather than scope of project.
As a company with a strong design/build focus, we have more retaining wall options than many landscape contractors. All of these options can be used for retaining walls, sitting walls, or freestanding walls to gain more usable space in the landscape:
Natural Stone – we can build dry stack fieldstone walls, granite block, or stone veneers mortared over a structural vertical surface. Natural stone like granite, limestone, and Bluestone make excellent capping choices.
Concrete SRW – also known as “Segmented Retaining Wall” block, this is a favorite choice for both commercial and residential retaining wall applications. Style, colors, and ease of installation make it an affordable and aesthetic option.
Concrete Veneers – at Trimmers, we are unique in that we often cover existing structural walls with natural stone, cultured stone (a masonry product designed to look like real stone) or our own proprietary mix of colored architectural concrete.
A retaining wall is only as good as what’s behind it. Our trained installers use strategies such as footing drains and geo-synthetic fabric to improve drainage and soil integrity behind the wall. As a general rule of thumb, retaining walls over 4 feet high need to be engineered. We can provide an engineered stamp when required for both residential and commercial applications.
Want to know how to make better use of your valuable real estate? Call Trimmers today for a free, no-obligation consultation!