Retaining Wall Design Ideas

Rock walls that retain, design, and intrigue

Does your home have that spot that just needs a boost. There retaining wall ideas can help you get started. Challenge yourself to use your home to start a conversation with stone, plants and pavers from Western Interlock to get the neighborhood talking.

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Vancouver, Washington


Retaining Wall Ideas

Building a retaining wall can be a fun way to prevent land erosion, add interest, or create designs in small places.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Prevent Erosion with Boulders from the Pacific NW

Prevent Erosion

Create Living Space

Create gardens with a DIY retaining wall

Unique Designs for Fun

Try Floral Designs


Define sections of your landscape with retaining walls

Define Areas of You Yard

Create Talking Points

What is a retaining wall

Soil can be maintained at varying heights on either side of a retaining wall, which is a somewhat hard wall used to support soil laterally. A retaining wall is a man-made structure used to maintain soil on a slope (usually a steep, near-vertical, or vertical slope) that the soil would otherwise slide down. In areas with steep or otherwise unfavorable slopes, or in places where the landscape must be radically reshaped and built for reasons such as hillside farming or traffic overpasses, these structures are utilized to bind soils between the two levels. Seawalls and bulkheads are types of retaining walls that keep water out while keeping soil in. 

Natural Boulders for Retaining Walls

Natural Boulders

Boulders are natures way of hold back mountains and keep water contained. Create beauty and retain moisture with boulder in many colors, sizes, and textures.

Matching pavers for garden walls

Garden Walls

Use pavers to create a garden wall that defines a living area in your yard. Pavers can be extended beyond the wall that details your whole living area.

Odoo - Sample 3 for three columns

Stone Patio

The strength of pavers dry stacked  to create a sturdy retaining wall. Your design is only limited by your creativity

Getting Started

  1. Plan your project. Before you start digging, it's important to have a plan for your retaining wall. This includes determining the height and length of the wall, as well as the type of stone you will use.
  2. Install the base layer. The base layer of your retaining wall is typically made of gravel or crushed stone. This layer will help to drain water away from the wall and prevent it from frost heaving.
  3. Start building the wall. Once the base layer is in place, you can start building the wall itself. Be sure to use a level to ensure that the wall is straight.
  4. Backfill the wall. Once the wall is built, you can backfill the area around it with soil. Be sure to tamp the soil down firmly to prevent it from settling.

Building a retaining wall can be a challenging project, but it is also a rewarding one. By following these tips, you can be sure to build a wall that will last for years to come.

Look for a boulder that can be found locally in the pacific northwest such as basalt boulders, or try a beautiful quartzite with streaks of glitter, all available at your local American Stone.