Expanding Your Back Yard with Retaining Walls
When you look at your property on a map, it will appear to be flat and free of obstructions. In actuality, the property will look quite different, and at times, the slope may keep you from using the area to the fullest measure possible. There are options available through the use of retaining walls which can help you to expand your outdoor living environment when the slope is an issue. They also offer a number of other benefits, which we will discuss in this article.
For expanding the property, a retaining wall or a series of walls can help to build up the surface in order to level it. In most cases, it will be necessary to move the earth around on your property to redistribute it. It may also be necessary to bring in extra fill or top soil, depending on the height of the wall. When built properly, retaining walls are able to hold a tremendous amount of weight (Source: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,219681,00.html). Including them on your property not only helps to expand the usable area, it also offers these other benefits.
Beautify Your Property – There are many options available for building retaining walls, including decorative options made from a variety of materials. It is a good idea to discuss the options that are available with your contractor (Source). There are likely to be choices which will work well on your property.
Adds Value – Like any improvement to your property, retaining walls can make a difference is its value. They provide an affordable way for you to increase the value and add to the versatility of the property as well. With the added curb appeal, it is more likely that it will sell.
Low maintenance – Most of the improvements that would be included on our property would require a degree of maintenance. Retaining walls are low maintenance and when they are built properly, they are very durable.
You have many options available when it comes to improving your outdoor living environment. Don’t overlook the benefits that are available to you and your family by extending that environment through the use of retaining walls.