Masonry Retaining Walls

Dramatic differences in terrain elevation can be an issue on some properties when it comes to Arizona landscaping. This homeowner had a small raised patio when we arrived to discuss the possibilities of expanding the family’s outdoor living space. The extensive drop in ground levels called for some serious engineering and masonry walls to function as a retainer for the base beneath the new patio design’s footprint. Rather than leaving them with a tall, blank expanse of adobe look masonry, this Arizona landscape design was created with a terraced effect to the retaining walls.

The strong walls are built with CNU block and faced with concrete stucco with an adobe texture finish. The drought tolerant plants in the lower tier planting bed are small in the photo, but will soon mature and soften the presence of all this white adobe. Steps up to the raised patio are illuminated at night with low voltage down lighting at important point on the descent. The steps themselves were designed using colorful Mexican tiles on the risers in alternating bands and capped with baked Mexican clay bullnose tiles. This results in an easily spotted access to the upstairs level while adding some welcome accent to the white adobe expanse.

Black wrought iron railings create the patio design’s safety enclosure in perfect keeping with the architectural style. The patio itself is paved with Mexican tiles that match the red bullnose on the steps for a beautiful accent and contrast to this home’s white adobe exterior walls.

In addition to being accomplished at all facets of Phoenix, Arizona landscaping design and installation – Desert Crest is also skilled in all types of Phoenix masonry. Stone work or adobe and concrete application are an important part of creating high quality, beautiful landscaping and outdoor living spaces. Working with Desert Crest puts every phase of your project in the capable hands of a single, licensed Arizona contractor.

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