Retaining walls are more of a necessity, designed to help with erosion issues, but they can also enhance your outdoor living space. This was the case for Chevy Chase, Maryland residents Lauren and Mike. They wanted a new look for their backyard that included stone features but they wanted an open, safe place for the kids to play—that was a top priority.
Their old outdoor living space consisted of a patio that was too small to really use and a backyard that was raised 10 feet above the walkout grade. Steps that needed rebuilding led through crumbled stone walls to a weed-covered upper yard that was uneven and not suitable for the kids to play.
Four Seasons’ structural retaining wall approach was decided upon by the homeowners, after they met with several contractors.
“In comparison to the other landscape and hardscape contractors, Four Seasons’ stood out as the most sound and safe plan,” said Mike.
The clients wanted a particular look for the stone, and we used a chocolate and gray color rubble stone to achieve it. We designed retaining walls with new footers, and to maximize patio space by about 40 percent, the retaining walls were pushed further into the yard.
The new steps were designed along a curve to add visual interest, and the new upper level features a level yard, graded with new sod, making it a great area for the kids to play.
“We love what they did, “said Mike. “But what really amazed Lauren and I was the amount of work they were able to get done and on time, as the month it took them to do everything was riddled with interruptions from rain storms throughout.”