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If you are considering a retaining wall for your Downers Grove, IL, yard, but are hesitant because you don’t want to disrupt the aesthetic harmony of your landscape, you don’t have to settle for an ordinary wall. There are characteristics you can add to make a wall stand out. Here are three stunning features to incorporate into your retaining wall in Downers Grove, IL:
Banding and custom accents
A retaining wall does not have to be composed of just one type of rock or wall unit. Choosing a much darker or lighter wall unit for contrasting banding can add visual interest. Banding with a contrasting texture to the rest of the wall can produce a unique appearance, as well.
If your home is more contemporary, the light/dark contrast of banding can be a perfect complement to your modern landscape. You can also choose a different size of stone for the banding to highlight the contrast. Accents don’t have to only consist of wall blocks. Think about adding imprints of your children or grandchildren’s hands to the wall to create a personal memory. If you love to travel, consider adding a band of tiles from your favorite country to reflect your love of that place and the great memories that you made there. Even mismatched tiles from your travels interspersed and mounted onto the wall can make your wall interesting.
Wide Top Surface
A wide ledge for your retaining wall can add more functionality. Look at choosing coping for the top of the wall that not only adds usefulness, but visual interest as well. A thinner or a lighter coping can add a new dimension to your retaining wall. And with a wide ledge, you have a spot for some eye-catching flower pots and trailing vines, or a secure place to set up drinks for your guests. If the retaining wall is low, it can even be used for additional seating for a party or family gathering.
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Lighting, both low level and spotlight, can elevate the appearance of a retaining wall. A lighted wall at night is a focal point for your landscape, and a spotlight can illuminate an unusual tree or other yard feature.
Consider a fire or water feature for your Downers Grove, IL, retaining wall. Both can be built directly into the wall. A fire feature can add, not only warmth on a chilly evening, but drama to your yard, too. A soothing water feature adds the element of sound to your landscape, and with lighting, can also up the visual interest. Heading out to your yard after a busy day to the warmth of a fire, or the calming sounds of water, can be something to look forward to.
A retaining wall is built primarily for function, to add usable space to a sloped yard or to correct erosion problems, but that does not mean it can’t also be pleasing to look at. Montano’s Landscaping Inc. can discuss your vision and customize a design specifically for your needs. With an eye for detail and quality craftsmanship, Montano’s is your go-to landscape expert.