Anyone who owns or is building a home in Northern Virginia, Maryland, or the District of Columbia knows that the characteristically rolling topography in this region can provide a beautiful setting for their home. While the rolling topography can be beautiful, it poses challenges to homeowners who want level areas for children to play and for hosting events at their home. For some properties, attaining this level area requires that a retaining wall be part of the landscape design.
Botanical Decorators sees this challenge as an opportunity to introduce beauty into the landscape. The designers at Botanical Decorators create artful landscape plans-many include a retaining wall. Botanical Decorators strives to install retaining walls that fit into the landscape by using materials that compliment the house on the property and that are indigenous to the area. In addition, Botanical Decorators strives to configure retaining walls to work as artistic lines in the landscape to help define outdoor rooms and create level gathering areas.
There are many methods for designing and constructing retaining walls. It is important that the landscape plan account for any local zoning and building codes. Also, depending upon the jurisdiction a building permit may be required if the wall is over a specified height.
Below is a picture of recently installed boulder retaining walls for a project under construction in the Great Falls | Mclean area of Northern Virginia. Boulders were used to enhance the natural setting of the wooded lot while creating a sense that the newly constructed home has always been there. A series of walls throughout the property help step the topography down in stages, rather than one large and intimidating retaining wall. In addition, the large size of the boulders compliments the grand scale of the home on the property. The end effect is a landscape that feels unique and special.