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3 Retaining Wall Designs for Merging the Softscape and Hardscape in Seaford, DE


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Retaining walls present a wonderful opportunity to bridge your hardscape features and the natural surroundings. To make a retaining wall a focal point of your landscape design, here are three retaining wall designs for merging the softscape and hardscape in Seaford, DE.



While manmade structures are often rectilinear, natural elements in your landscape are freeform. Curved retaining walls can be the ideal way to bring the two together, especially if you are using dimensionally consistent concrete wall blocks.


Weathered stone has a wonderfully appealing quality that makes for a relaxed outdoor living setting. The Brussels Dimensional System from Unilock features the look of weathered stone, which complements the shapes and colors of any surrounding rock features, and their dimensionally consistent shapes make it clear that this is a man-made material. These wall blocks can be ideal for adding a relaxed vibe to a formal home, and the warm, earthy colors can complement the colors found in the surroundings.


Brussels Dimensional blocks are popular for curved and straight retaining walls as well as outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, pillars, or grill stations if you want a unified look throughout your landscape. You can finish the look with rounded-edge Brussels Fullnose Coping (a great solution from Unilock if your landscape features any rounded elements such as boulders or river rock) or the straight-edged Universal Coping, which will pick up on the angular shapes of the home.


Complimentary Materials

Make use of the right materials to blend your hardscapes and softscapes, by choosing blocks or veneers that harmonize with both.


For a rustic and relaxed look, the award-winning Rivercrest Wall system from Unilock gives you the imperfectly perfect look of natural stacked flagstone in a warm Buff color or a cool Coastal Slate color. Rivercrest is the premier choice for a handbuilt aesthetic and looks stunning alongside any architectural style. Rivercrest Wall can be used for straight or curved retaining walls and other elements such as fire features, outdoor kitchens, water features, and pillars for a cohesive effect. Finish the look of Rivercrest vertical elements with Unilock Natural Stone or Unilock Ledgestone for surface areas. These materials can also be used for steps.


For a more modern, sleek look, Lineo Dimensional Stone from Unilock features a lovely smooth finish and a simple aesthetic that pairs well with both rustic and modern homes and hardscapes. If your patio pavers feature a more rustic texture, Lineo offers a smooth contrast. The long, linear blocks are sold in a random bundle of four different lengths, which achieves a relatively random look that helps integrate them into the landscape. As well, the natural colors blend with the landscape and harmonize with the home. Finish the retaining wall with Universal Coping, and use Lineo Dimensional Stone for any rectilinear outdoor kitchen, pillars, fire feature, or water feature.


Mixed Materials

If you don’t want to limit yourself to a rustic or modern style, then the U-Cara Multi-Face Wall System from Unilock could be the ideal choice. Choose from a variety of veneer styles and finishes for a look that’s fully customized. The chunky pitched face veneer creates a substantial wall with real presence. You can add accent banding using one of the Smooth, Series Exposed, or Umbriano Mottled finishes, each of which is available in its own unique complementary colors. You can use U-Cara for any vertical feature including an outdoor kitchen, fire pit, or water features. Finish the look with the rustic Ledgestone or the sleek Universal Coping options from Unilock.


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