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Adding a retaining wall to your landscape may be a necessity to stabilize the land or it might just be a choice to add more usable space, or it may be a combination of the two. Whatever the reason, proper planning and construction are crucial for the wall’s durability and safety, which is why you should turn to the experts at Landscape East & West. Our design experts have decades of experience creating custom retaining walls that will add to the natural beauty of your property.

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Since 1980, Landscape East & West has provided the Portland, Oregon metro area with full-service landscape design and build, residential maintenance, and commercial/HOA landscape management. We are passionate about the work we do and offer our customers the best service and quality workmanship while prioritizing your experience and assuring complete satisfaction.

Our skilled workmanship really shows with our retaining wall expertise. If you need a retaining wall, you’ve found the right landscape contractor for your project. If your yard needs a retaining wall, contact us. We’re happy to meet with you, take a look at your yard, and come up with a plan that meets your desires and your budget. Contact us to get started.

Retaining Wall Basics

Whether your yard is sloped and eroding or you dream of gardening beds, retaining walls are an attractive and functional solution. Our professional team has designed and installed retaining walls to level yards, add built-in seating, stop erosion, and help homeowners create the garden of their dreams.

We understand that an effective retaining wall design takes into account drainage, necessary strength, as well as the overall harmony of the landscape. A retaining wall is not just about the structure, but also what lies behind the wall. Proper drainage is essential to prevent water buildup which can lead to instability. Finding the right height for a wall is another critical element that our retaining wall experts examine to make sure the wall securely and safely holds back the soil. You can rely on us to provide you a streamlined project through our expert design, structural analysis, and obtaining any necessary permits.

There is no one-size-fits-all for retaining walls, and we work with you to design a wall that is customized to your yard and your needs.

Adding a retaining wall to your landscape can offer the following benefits:

  • Prevent erosion by supporting your landscape and managing run-off
  • Keep soil in place and create level areas in sloping yards
  • Create terraces to provide additional support for natural slopes
  • Maximize development space
  • Add interest and beauty
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Landscape East & West: The Right Company for the Job, the Right Company for You

A retaining wall is not a landscape item to leave to chance. That’s why Landscape East & West should be your contractor of choice. We’ve been serving the Portland area for four decades making us uniquely qualified to deliver award-winning, worry-free, and full-service solutions for all your landscaping needs. We really shine in designing and installing more complex landscaping solutions that tie in engineering, soil analysis, design, and more. In other words, we are retaining wall experts.

When you choose Landscape East & West as your landscape provider and retaining wall expert, you get a team of talented professionals dedicated to providing the best in customer service and satisfaction from early design to finished installation. You’ll love your retaining wall, whether it solves an erosion or drainage problem, enhances the beauty of your outdoor living area, or gives you the terraced garden of your dreams. We can boast this because we work closely with our customers, staying in constant contact throughout the landscape process, ensuring every need and desire is addressed and met. We strive to exceed your expectations with a retaining wall that is durable, functional, and, most importantly, beautiful.
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Choosing the Best Retaining Wall

There are a variety of retaining wall designs and materials. Our landscape designers and retaining wall builders will work with you to choose what aligns with your yard’s needs as well as your personal tastes. The choice of design and material for a retaining wall should consider factors such as the wall’s height, soil type, local climate conditions, budget, and desired aesthetics. Proper engineering and construction techniques are crucial for the longevity and effectiveness of any retaining wall, regardless of the material chosen, which is why our craftsmen only use the highest quality materials to ensure your retaining wall not only looks beautiful but holds up for many years to come.

From concrete to natural stone, here are some common materials used for retaining walls and their benefits:

Steel Walls: When exposed to weather, Corten steel develops a self-protecting rust that resists corrosion, requires no painting or weather-proofing, and retains its strength. Combined with its more modern look and warm hue, steel is a popular choice.

Brick: Well-constructed brick walls offer a classic and timeless appearance that can last for many years with minimal maintenance.

Interlocking Blocks: Interlocking blocks are engineered for stability and strength and designed for easy and efficient installation that offers a uniform appearance. The blocks come in a variety of styles, colors, and textures to meet any taste.

Stone: Whether natural or manufactured, stone provides a rustic appearance that can be stacked in various patterns to create unique designs. Stone is highly durable and needs minimal maintenance.

Wood: A popular choice for residential projects, wood offers a warm and natural appearance that is generally more affordable and easier to construct than stone or block.

Concrete Blocks or Poured Concrete: Strong and durable, concrete can be molded into various shapes and sizes for creative installations and designs that last for decades with just occasional cleaning and sealing.

The material chosen, in part, dictates the design but retaining walls are versatile design structures that can be designed with architectural details like curves, steps, or insets to enhance their visual appeal. In fact, retaining walls don’t always have to serve a functional purpose. Freestanding decorative walls can be built to add character or be incorporated into the design of a water feature.

If function is as important as aesthetics, stepped walls can be used on steeper slopes to create a series of terraces or steps, while stabilizing the soil. A cantilevered wall appears as if it’s floating above the ground to provide a more modern look to a contemporary landscape design. Shorter walls can be used as privacy screens or barriers between different landscaping features. Very short walls can provide built-in seating or be used as raised planters. A retaining wall is anything but a stark, bland, slab. We’re happy to work with you and get the creativity flowing.

"I recently completed a retaining wall project with Landscape East & West. I am absolutely thrilled with the results. From my initial call to project completion, I was impressed with this company's thoroughness, attention to detail and follow-up. The work crew arrived on time every day and left the work area clean and neat every night. And... the wall looks GREAT!"

— Brian Sullivan

At Landscape East & West, we believe that every retaining wall tells a story – one of functionality, beauty, and resilience. Each wall we craft is a reflection of our commitment to harmonizing form with function, meticulously designed to seamlessly integrate into your outdoor environment. Our legacy of four decades in the Portland area speaks for itself, and our expertise in retaining walls is a testament to our dedication to quality and client satisfaction. If you’re seeking a union of artistry and engineering, look no further. Let us sculpt the next chapter of your landscape’s story, ensuring it stands tall and proud for generations to come. Contact Landscape East & West today – where your vision meets our expertise.