Retaining walls

If you live in San Francisco, then you know that retaining walls are a big part of the cityscape. They help to keep hillside homes from erosion and also serve as a barrier between properties.

There are many different materials that can be used for retaining walls, but each has its own benefits and drawbacks. Here we take a look at some of the most popular materials used for retaining walls in San Francisco. We’ll also discuss the pros and cons of each material, so that you can make an informed decision about which one is right for your home or business.

Our retaining walls projects often include some form of retaining wall, but they don’t have to be bare concrete. See our retaining wall design and install photos and dream of the possibilities!

So, You Have a Retaining Wall to Plant

Your retaining wall is functional and beautiful, but what do you do with the area behind it? This space is often left empty or neglected, but with a little creativity it can be transformed into a gorgeous garden oasis.

Landscaping for Hilly Backyards: Bernal Heights

One of the great things about San Francisco is the hills, because it allows a whole slew of people a panoramic city view. A flat street limits the view. However, it also makes hilly backyards a challenge for any landscaping project.

6 Clues That Fence Replacement Should Be Part Of Your Backyard Redesign

A beautiful fence can add additional value to a backyard. It can also be quite functional and very decorative for any outdoor living space.

Retaining Walls in San Francisco? Watch Closely When El Niño Starts Up Again

Do San Francisco retaining walls fail under bad weather any worse than anyplace else? Not necessarily, but El Nino hasn’t been friendly this year.

Retaining Walls: 3 Types to Hold Back Those California Hills

In the landscaping world, retaining walls have the major purpose of providing stability to the earth, preventing erosion and the movement of soil.

Backyard Landscaping: Private Sports Yard in the Sunset

In February 2015, we took on a backyard landscaping project in Inner Sunset, one of the four “micro neighborhoods” making up the Sunset District. Our objective was to create a private sports yard for the homeowner, complete with a nice putting green and space for other activities

Retaining Walls – Whitney Street – Glen Park

Retaining walls are a necessary but often-overlooked element of landscape design. When done well, they can enhance the curb appeal of a property and add value to the home.

Current Project 2014: West Portal Custom Front & Rear

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Our first project in 2014 brings us back to West Portal and its a large one for San Francisco Standards. Below is a shot of the rear before construction. We’ll be constructing new fences and sunken patios with contemporary concrete retaining walls that are becoming so popular these days. Also included is a gas fire pit, stainless weir waterfearure, decks, lights and much more.

Completed: West Portal Renovation Aug.2013

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Below is a before shot of an uninviting, underutilized backyard. We started with demo of the entire yard and concrete forms for a raised concrete planter which has become popular for todays contemporary styling.

Completed Project: Outer Sunset Makeover, 6/2013

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This residence in the outer sunset currently has crumbling concrete retaining walls/steps, terraces that slope and no foliage excepts for weeds. Not a very inviting environment for a young couple with a new baby. We were asked to provide a makeover, with a set strict budget and to include a deck, new steps, fix up the walls, turf and plants. We were shown some photos of elements they liked and we took it from there. Below are two photos of before.

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