It could be argued that there are very few flat yards in Calgary. Lucky us, because changes in elevations can provide lots of design potential to make very interesting gardens. Terraces provide opportunities for flow in the garden and make small spaces seem bigger. Retaining walls can give a garden strong bones and be offset by interesting plant materials for a sensational looking garden. Retaining walls are also functional in providing flat spaces for play areas, patio, lawns, planting beds. The grading is one of the first elements of designing a garden, retaining options are explored early in the design process.
Landscaping project examples using stone block retaining walls
Front Yard - Braeside 001 landscaping project
Using Rosetta Outcropping manufactured stone blocks was the answer for this large backyard space, which is less expensive than natural stone and takes less install time. The land naturally climbed from the house to the back of the lot, so it made sense to design a larger retaining wall near the back of the property to make more useable space for the family. The fire pit area was carved out using these large retaining wall blocks and then gave a large flat space for a patio and grassy play area on the same level. From a design perspective, the retaining wall faces the house, so from the house or outdoor kitchen area, the customer chose the larger size and scale of the Rosetta Outcropping stone blocks rather than a smaller stone block which could look busy. Also due to the overall length of retaining wall required, it made sense to use the larger chunky looking stone block.