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Retaining Wall Must-Know Tips

10 Things You Must Know About Retaining Walls

It may take some heavy lifting, but a retaining wall is a project any DIYer can do.

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Install a Short Stone Wall

How to Build a Short Stone Retaining Wall

Keep a sloping yard in place with this wall that also makes a great architectural element.

Style With Purpose


Build a Patio and Retaining Wall

Build a Patio and Retaining Wall

This puzzle-like arrangement of flagstones is complemented by a stone retaining walls.

Retaining Wall How-To

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Top 77 Retaining Walls Projects

  1. 1. Big Expensive Retaining Walls (00:20:00)

    Kelli and James are excited as the first walls go up on their dream house.

  2. 2. Retaining Walls 101 (02:51)

    Ahmed shows how to build an easy and affordable wooden retaining wall.

  3. 3. The Bodybuilder's Challenge (20:01)

    A new retaining wall, shutters and plants transform this ugly yard.

  4. 4. Retaining Wall Height (01:29)

    Your wall will hold back a lot of dirt, so height is a consideration.

  5. 5. How To Build a Patio and Retaining Wall

    This courtyard-style patio is surrounded by retaining walls and long planters. A puzzle-like arrangement of flat stones between the pat...

    Time:
    Several Weekends
    Cost:
    $500 - $1,000
    Difficulty:
    Moderate
  6. 6. Dry Foundations (00:47)

    If the retaining wall ties into the house's foundation, caulking is a must.

  7. 7. How To Build a Retaining Wall with a Terrace

    Integrate stone steps and a stone retaining wall into a challenging backyard slope to make the space more usable.

    Time:
    Several Weekends
    Cost:
    $5,000 - $10,000
    Difficulty:
    Moderate to Hard
  8. 8. Retaining Wall Base (02:28)

    The most important part of a retaining wall is the base.

  9. 9. Backyard Makeover (03:24)

    The Andersons hope to gain home equity with a $34,000 backyard makeover.

  10. 10. Finishing Caps (00:58)

    A retaining wall may look complete, but it's not done till the cap is on.

  11. 11. How To Construct a Retaining Wall

    Learn how to add structure to an outdoor space with a retaining wall.

    Time:
    Several Weekends
    Cost:
    $2,500 - $5,000
    Difficulty:
    Moderate to Hard
  12. 12. Multilevel Backyard Retreat (00:03:41)

    Retaining walls help turn a bare hill into a beautiful multilevel refuge.

  13. 13. Level Retaining Wall (01:46)

    Getting the base course level is essential; there's no room for error.

  14. 14. Outdoor Den, Part 1 (05:46)

    Dean and Derek use a majestic tree as the focal point for an outdoor den.

  15. 15. Building a Timber Retaining Wall

    A retaining wall made with timber posts can add style and extra seating to your yard .

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