Retaining walls can be used to carve out functional spaces in a backyard. Square foot costs of retaining walls range from around $4.30 for poured concrete to about $11 for stone. Some walls can be built DIY, but for mortared masonry or poured concrete walls, or for any wall over 4 feet tall, a professional should be hired. Retaining walls can be made of wood or longer-lasting masonry (stone, brick, concrete blocks, or poured concrete). Walls can be upgraded with stain, stucco or veneer. When a wall starts to suffer from leaning, sagging or bulging, a professional should be brought in to fix it.
- A retaining wall is an architectural and functional device that holds back soil. But it does not have to be ugly.
- An attractive retaining wall can add charm, elegance and an aesthetic sensibility to a property if it has sculptural elements and grace in its design.
- Often such walls are made from poured concrete, stone, pressure-treated pine, or molded concrete blocks.
“Nature’s uneven terrain has its charm, until you try to play croquet on a hilly lawn or enjoy a candlelit dinner on an off-kilter patio.”