Plantable Backyard Terraces
Outdoor Living to Last a Lifetime
Once upon a time, backyard improvements meant concrete slabs, treated landscape timbers, maybe a wooden deck and a few plants to finish the job. Today, backyard improvements have limitless possibilities with the introduction of stackable retaining wall systems, like Allan Block. These outdoor living spaces can include anything from curved walls and columns to tiered gardens and raised patios. Homeowners are discovering new ways to turn their unused backyards into beautiful, functional and long lasting outdoor living areas.
"We used the same AB Collection blocks to build the walls and the patio surround to create a seamless transition onto the patio itself. The homeowners just love the look and feel the patterns create".- Contractor
With their sloping backyard, they needed a solution to get more usable space for entertaining
This family has a beautiful and functional new outdoor living space they can enjoy for years to come
This is exactly what the homeowners in Lakeville, Minnesota discovered when it came time to update their backyard patio. With their sloping backyard, they needed a solution that would manage the slope, give them more usable space for entertaining, and would enhance the beauty of their home without a lot of maintenance. Working with their contractor, the homeowners designed a usable raised patio with a lower terraced wall for planting flowers, a large functional staircase and a parapet to surround the top of the patio area.
Using the AB Collection in an AB Ashlar Blend pattern the contractor was able to give the project a random patterned look with a natural stone wall feel. By using the AB Collection products instead of a wood decking material, the contractor was able address the homeowners concerns about the sloping yard and maintenance issues while giving them a large patio with a built-in plantable wall.
Gone is the way of the concrete slab patio, wood decking and treated timber landscape walls, making room for the unlimited possibilities available using Allan Block retaining wall products. Now this family has a beautiful and functional new outdoor living space they can enjoy for years to come.
Excerpt from Landscape Newsletter Issue #20