Australians love spending time outside, and a beautifully manicured backyard make al fresco entertaining even more enticing. However, hills and slopes can make landscaping very difficult, and finding a flat area to enjoy dinner or a cup of tea can become downright impossible. Thankfully, there is a solution. A stone retaining wall could be just what your property needs. Designed to level off your backyard, they allow you to take back control of how you use your space. Better yet, the walls themselves are attractive too!
In the guide below, we’ve outlined the main features and benefits of stone walling, so you can give your property a new lease on life.
There are a number of benefits associated with stone retaining walls, all of which you can take advantage of for your property.
Retaining walls made from stone are an incredibly attractive option for any home. Thanks to the huge range of stones available, including bluestone, granite and slate, it’s easy to find a colour that suits your taste and architectural style.
With the help of gabion baskets – a wire cage which forms the shape of the wall – it’s easy to build retaining walls. In fact, depending on their size, they can be built in as little as an afternoon.
Natural stone, as an organic material, is obviously well suited to a range of weather conditions, from the harshest Australian sun to cold and dreary winters. The steel cage used to house the stone is also incredibly durable – meaning your retaining walls will stand the test of time.
The great thing about gabion retaining walls made from stone is that they offer an excellent drainage system. Water simply flows through the stones, reducing the likelihood of erosions and other issues.
Wondering how you can use retaining walls on your property? Consider these ideas before you begin.
Obviously, one of the best uses of gabion baskets is to flatten out sloped properties, turning them into several terraces, rather than a difficult to manage hill.
If your property is only slightly sloped, the stone baskets can be an excellent way to separate the garden from the lawn. Raised garden beds or vegetable patches can be a great way to exercise your green thumb – without losing the functionality of your yard.
If you love the look of stone walls, consider using them as your fence instead. Small baskets in your front yard can be a great way to show pedestrians where your property begins, and offer an excellent complement to your façade.
Add a durable cushion or timber top to your stone baskets, and your retaining walls can double as practical and attractive seating as well!
As you can see, stone retaining walls aren’t just incredibly functional, they can be a beautiful addition to your back yard as well. With a variety of applications, they solve a wide range of problems that come with owning a sloping block. If you want to know more, or you’re ready to take the next step, please don’t hesitate to contact our talented team – we have plenty of ideas and designs for you to consider.