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A retaining wall is a structure that retains any material, usually earth, and prevents it from sliding or eroding away. Its main purpose is to resist the pressure of the material it is holding back. Due to its broad use, we have prepared some facts that you should know about retaining walls.

Retaining wall types

Here are some of the often used types of retaining walls.

Gravity walls are multifunctional – for example on hillside properties and they are usually made of concrete and stone. They depend on its mass to resist material pressure from behind. However, their main disadvantage is that they are easily damaged in earthquakes.

Brick retaining walls has multiple purposes – such as on hillside properties, however, they are not as strong as concrete gravity walls, and water pressure behind them can cause their failure.

Sheet pile retaining walls come in different materials such as steel, vinyl or wood planks. The process of their making is done by driving a part of them into the ground up to the required depth.

You can use anchored retaining walls when you expect high loads since they have additional strength using cables to stay anchored in the soil behind.

Retaining wall use


A retaining wall is a multipurpose construction. One of their benefits is to protect shorelines and create space for storm drains. You can see these walls as support to roads and bridges, as well as in residential properties to add definition to the landscape by making distinct flat areas in your backyard, offering an appealing look. Thus, we can see that their purpose is both functional and decorative. They are used as the support for keeping soil in place and preventing erosion. Furthermore, they’re very effective at preventing flooding.

Retaining walls material

Some of the most common materials used for retaining walls are stone, brick, timber and concrete. If your budget is not tight, we would recommend you a stone, whose strength and rustic look are worth some extra money. Brick and timber, on the other hand, are cost-effective choices. However, you should be careful in the case of brick walls, since they require a strong structural footing. Also, you should have in mind that, although timber is cheaper, it has a reduced lifespan.

What are the costs involved?

As we have already mentioned, the cost heavily depends on the type of the material. However, that’s not all. Dimensions and the labor required are also some of the important elements. You can keep costs down if you decide to build the wall on your own. However, if you’re not up for a challenge, don’t shy from contacting the experts. The construction process is quite not for everyone, particularly in case of higher walls. Aside from this, soil conditions can affect the cost as well, so it is hard to predict a quota before the work begins.

Water can weaken the wall


The accumulated water is a huge danger to retaining walls. Especially since it increases the pressure on the wall and the risk of failure becomes significantly higher. Thus you have to take the importance of proper retaining wall drainage seriously. This may include drainage sheets that protect the foundation. Another possibility is to drill the weep holes which will allow the water to escape, instead of staying accumulated behind the wall. Also, a suitable method is installing a drainage pipe behind the wall, either near the footing or higher. It’s important to use granular and not cohesive clay soil as backfill because that way, water can reach the holes or pipes, instead of just accumulating.

Retaining wall decoration ideas

There are many interesting ways in which retaining walls in residential areas can be decorated in order to contribute to the visual appeal of the landscape. For example, there is nothing more beautiful than introducing a touch of nature to it. You can plant climbers like beautiful climbing roses or a Virginia creeper whose crimson autumn leaves will make your retaining wall look magical. Another possibility is installing the night lights. Owing to them the retaining wall will look more sophisticated, at the same time being both functional and decorative. Keep in mind that you need to think about the security of your home as well. And if you love colorful decorations, you may even consider installing color-changing lights to get the impression of being in a fairy tale.

As you can see, retaining walls can completely transform your backyard. Since serious construction work is in question here, you can consider a lot of things, starting from the types of the walls, the materials, the cost, etc. However, you can also be creative and decorate it according to your own desire.

 

Home is where the heart is, and the art too. It’s where we spend most of our time. The way a house is decorated and maintained speaks volumes about a person’s personality. The four walls that encompass a home are a reflection of who you are, what interests you, what you genuinely love.
Since these very walls do so much and speak out to your inner self, there is no reason as to why they should remain dull, empty, and boring. Decorating these walls is an opportunity to express yourself and build a world for yourself around you.
Below are some ideas to help you get started on changing up those boring walls that you have been neglecting for so long, into something much more meaningful and personal:

Hang up some art

This idea may seem like it is a bit too cliché and obvious, but that is because it works. Art is everywhere we look in life, why not have it in the most intimate of places, your home, for instance. Art is a great conversation piece and demands attention. Eyes are immediately attracted to such walls, and it can spice up your taste. It can be canvas prints you’ve done yourself, or someone you know of has it. It can print off of the internet, framed up. Large scale art is particularly captivating and gives the room its atmosphere.

A trip down memory lane


We have spoken about how much your treatment of the room speaks a lot about your personality, and it makes sense to put up a wall of photos. A picture is worth a thousand words; making a photo wall seems like a perfect way to decorate a wall. Spread the images out, with photos of friends, family, pets, memorable moments, and use fairy lights to complement the images and frames, and you’ve got the perfect wall to stare at on those nostalgia-driven evenings.
Bonus Idea: You can incorporate a rather creative way to go around a lack of frames for your photos if the problem arises. With colored tape, you can frame pictures any which you way you please while experimenting with design ideas, such as geometric shapes.

Cover it up

This little hack is for those not too inclined to put in too much effort. Hanging up a rug, bed sheet, or tapestry styled fabrics can bring a certain softness to the room. A colorful bed sheet can make for a vibrant splash of color, whereas the rug with its intricate design and details can give off a homier vibe.

String those memories together


If you don’t want the permanent feeling that frames and tape leave behind on your wall, this is an alternative. It’s as easy as mounting a wall clock. All you need is; two nails, a string, a hammer, and two silhouetted birds for each side of the nail.
Prints out your photos, hammer in those nails, hang the string in place, place those birds at the end of the series as to make it seem like they are the ones holding it up. Viola! You have birds stringing along with your favorite photos that you can tape on to the string.

Fine dining

This idea is not for the faint of art, especially if you are very sensitive about your crockery falling and breaking into pieces. Hang up your most delicate china and display your beautiful collection to anyone who enters. Hanging up a couple of wall plants, to add a little color and life to the wall can raise the Feng Shui of the whole house.

Painting your walls


This one might seem like more of a task than the other ideas. However, putting in the hard work of choosing paint, color, and design of a wall and then painting it yourself gives it much more meaning. It adds a story element, and the wall starts to speak more personally to you. There is no need to get into a complicated design, just pick up a brush and paint.

Bring back retro

Music is a universal language, and retro is a style that never goes bad; here’s an idea to mash them together. Using vinyl records can give the wall a vintage flair to it, coupled with frames and ’50s to 60’s memorabilia you’ve got yourself a groovy party.

The wall speaks to you


Everyone has a quote that resonates with them and their personality. Adding your favorite quote on your wall can add a little quirk to your room that it may need. You can use cut-outs from old newspapers and magazines, or paint the quote in big cursive letters that cover the whole wall to give it a dramatic vibe.

Geometric shapes

Utilize a stencil and create a shape of your desire. Figure out what style and design interests you and brings the room together, be it diamonds or flowers. It doesn’t require much skill, time, or money. Paint in your stencils, and you have yourself a dynamic wall no one is getting bored of soon.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall


mirror on a wall may not seem the first idea that comes to your mind when you think about decorating the room. Nevertheless, adding an oversized mirror to the center of the room can brighten it up and make a small room feel more prominent in comparison. Or you can display a different sized set of shards in a pattern to give it a unique feel.

Conclusion

Whatever method you choose to adopt to give your wall the upgrade it deserves, be sure to invest proper time before making your decision because those four walls are what you’ll be coming home to at the end of each day.