Decorative and Retaining Walls

Decorative and Retaining Walls

What comes to mind when you think of a retaining wall? Stacked block or timber that holds back dirt from a vertical slope, so it doesn’t collapse into your yard? Well, times are changing, and so are retaining walls, whether they serve a functional or aesthetic purpose.

What are retaining walls?

Traditionally used to hold back a slope, retaining walls have become an elegant and popular mainstay of home landscaping, especially in the mountainous neighborhoods of San Diego. However, with the design variety, Savon Pavers offers, you may want one just for decoration!

Why would I want a retaining wall?

Decorative and retaining walls can improve the utility of rough or varied terrain, visually stimulate sections of large, uninteresting yard, and provide unique and diverse gardening opportunities.

Savon Pavers has additionally used decorative and retaining walls to highlight a landscape feature (like a fire pit), delineate a raised garden bed, create a natural-looking seating area, or complement the existing design of a house.

This kind of paving work takes the landscape and elevates it visually while blending thematically into the larger style of the home. Whatever natural materials your home features, Savon Pavers can find a paver to accentuate it.

One of the biggest reasons homeowners work with us on retaining walls is to increase the usable space in their yards, especially when the backyard is filled mainly with a sloped hill. We can cut into the hill to give you and your family more room to enjoy your outdoor living space.

See our crews in action. Watch this video of them transforming a backyard and building a retaining wall.

What materials are used for paver retaining walls?

While some decorative and retaining walls have been built with wood, pavers are generally recommended as more durable and longer-lasting, particularly if the wall is functional and intended to last for generations.

The materials used for paver retaining walls come in several designs, colors, shapes, and materials, which is why they have become a more popular option than wood.

Whatever your reason for wanting a decorative or retaining wall, Savon Pavers can build the wall that will look as if it should have always been part of the house.

Can I build a retaining wall with pavers by myself?

Because the primary function of a retaining wall is to hold back thousands of pounds of soil from a slope, we recommend you let a professional team like ours at Savon Pavers design, plan and construct the retaining wall.

Other factors need to be considered. How high is the wall? Is it taller than 4 feet? Will you park vehicles where the top of the wall is? Will the wall be built into a slope that has been cut away? Municipalities do not have all the same rules, and you might be required to have someone licensed to assist you if you plan on doing it yourself.

Make sure to check with your municipality if you will do it yourself. If you are looking for a professional team to design, plan and construct it, please contact us to get a free consultation and design.

What other paver projects pair well with decorative and retaining walls?

Because retaining walls increase the usable space in your yard, our design consultants will work with you to transform your outdoor living areas.

It’s true, many retaining walls are designed to hold back soil, but decorative walls serve a variety of functions. For example, we built a curved decorative wall about 2.5 feet high around a custom fire pit. On top of the decorative wall, we had stone that allowed the structure to serve a dual purpose: A retaining wall and bench-style seating around the fire pit.

When you open up the space outside your home, there truly are endless possibilities. Planter boxes make a nice addition. We can create a garden area, and we can add steps to the wall to give you access to a greater area.
Pavers make a great outdoor floor covering so you can dine with your family in an outdoor dining area. Or, maybe you will want to eat under a covered patio with a custom outdoor BBQ.

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