Fire pits, outdoor kitchens, seat walls, stairs, columns, tables, even plantable walls that become a part of the landscape are possible for homeowners willing to invest a little creativity and sweat equity in their yard. With the right system, the only limit is your imagination.
Why cook indoors when you can create your own outdoor kitchen? Imagine yourself entertaining guests around a built-in grill in your back yard. Using a retaining wall system like VERSA-LOK, you can create a freestanding kitchen island wrapped around a grill and refrigerator and topped with a granite slab.
Stairs become part of the retaining wall in this beautiful series of tiered walls and gardens.
Retaining wall units are stacked in tiers to make the stair's base pedestal. Stair treads are made from wall cap units, pavers or precast treads. The stairs can be fully inset into a wall or exposed on one or both sides. Some homeowners prefer the look of greenery to hardscaping but still need a high-performance retaining wall. The new VERSA-Green plantable wall system by VERSA-LOK gives them the best of both worlds. VERSA-Green is a natural option in situations where significant soil retention is required in a wall but visibility of the wall isn't wanted. Plantings in each individual wall unit grow up to conceal the courses above or hang down to cover the wall below. Eventually, the wall appears to grow right into the landscape, much like a vertical garden. The result is a functional wall that becomes a living part of your landscape. Working with segmental retaining wall systems doesn't require a lot of expensive tools. Those that may be needed-concrete saw or block splitter, for example-can be rented if you don't want to buy them. And Patio Town offers a complete schedule of retaining wall and paver installation seminars-all free! Investing in landscaping is a sure way to add value to your home. That, coupled with an increasing trend toward entertaining at home, make segmental retaining wall systems like VERSA-LOK an appealing solution for the do-it-yourselfer with a bit of imagination. Stop in at Patio Town and see the full line of VERSA-LOK retaining walls and Willow Creek pavers.