RETAINING WALLS ADD
VALUE TO YOUR HOME
One of the best ways of improving or boosting the value of your home is by building a professionally designed retaining wall. There are several reasons why retention walls are an important part of any hard-scape equation. These structures can be used for:
- Erosion Control – To prevent land erosion and control water run-off.
- Aesthetic Purposes – Part of a landscape architectural design.
- Reclaim unusable portions of your property.
- Re-Design existing property – Remove hills, build up low areas.
- Terrace hillsides – create gardens by terracing an unusable hillside.
- Create property divide.
Whatever the reason for its construction… whether it’s for landscaping design, soil erosion or any of the other reasons listed above, retaining walls significantly add great value to real estate and property. Furthermore, they will greatly enhance the appearance and ambiance of your home. When designing the landscape design for your home, maybe the most important detail is to have a qualified professional design a retaining wall that effectively suits your needs.
In the past discarded railroad ties were used to back up hillsides that were at the risk of eroding. These ties were used in virtually every part of the USA. Especially here in the Metro Atlanta area we have assisted hundreds of homeowners in the Cumming, Suwanee, Alpharetta, Sugar Hill and in and around Lake Lanier areas to replace these failing cross tie walls with more modern types of landscaping wall materials. For the most part the cross tie walls are not used anymore for two main reasons. Firstly, the environmental concerns were growing significantly because of the chemicals used in treating the cross ties. Secondly, the need to have a durable wall required some engineering and better – longer lasting materials so the walls would remain structurally sound for years or even decades to come.
See these before and after photos where we removed the old cross tie wall, then
designed and constructed and new retention wall using the popular Modular Blocks
Drainage conditions, size and aesthetics are probably the main factors when deciding what type of wall and design you want or need. Sometimes you might want to remove a huge chunk of the earth to make the yard wider. In such cases, homeowners are advised to use a properly engineered wall that can effectively support the load placed behind it. This is where our association with respected and experienced engineers comes into play. Also understand that this type of wall will require proper permitting from local code enforcement officials. At McCullough Landscaping we have worked hand in hand with most of the officials in our area and have a great working relationship with them. Trust us when we say that this is a crucial aspect of making sure your project comes together in a timely and professional manor.
These type wall structures where you are literally changing the face of your landscaping require using the proper materials and techniques to assure that you are getting a wall that will withstand the hands of time. The proper soil and compaction methods for each course or layer of block and the use of geo grid for reinforcement are essential.
However iff your wall is more for aesthetics than structural purposes, then many times we will still use the modular block material for the construction. Simply because they are absolutely stunning and awe-inspiring when completed.
In these cases the engineering may not be as important. A lot of times we are able to solve soil erosion challenges by designing and constructing a wall properly.
McCullough Landscaping has built hundreds of these hardscape walls. Whether you’re looking to have a new wall designed and installed, or if you already have a failing wood timber or cross tie wall, and you simply need to have it removed and replaced with a more durable and more beautiful wall… we feel that we are the company for you!
Call today to schedule your No Cost Initial Evaluation. We will help you to design and install that custom landscape wall that will transform your yard into a breathtaking and pristine botanical garden. There’s just no reason why you can’t take that unusable hill and turn it into a beautifully terraced vegetable garden or landscaped masterpiece.
With the proper landscape design, proper lighting, maybe stone pavers or brick paver walkway and carefully selected plants and trees… we can help you turn your back yard into the property of your dreams. Instead of ignoring that terrible looking – unusable hill, you will be proud to entertain family and friends in your newly created paradise.
The possibilities are virtually endless. Clent McCullough is an erosion control and landscape design specialist. He can help you realize your most complex vision you have for your property. Or he can help you build a simple stone patio. No job is too small or too big for McCullough Landscaping. Whether is be a 10′ long accent wall or a 500,000 square foot Redi-Rock commercial retention wall for a shopping center.
For homeowners who don’t know exactly what to do or even what they want, the best advice for them is to seek consultation with the professionals here at McCullough Landsacping. We will assist you in the planning and budgeting for your project. The first consult is Free of charge. So call today and let’s get started on you plan to truly increase your property value and create the dreamland you haven’t even imagined yet.