if the retaining wall in your yard is your pride and joy and the envy of all your neighbors, you can skip this tip. in my case, my old railroad-tie retaining wall was so ugly, i finally had it ripped out and the whole yard re-graded to eliminate the need for it.
this old house landscape contractor roger cook dresses up a block wall with stone-veneer panels. see below for a shopping list and tools. for how to cover a concrete wall with stone veneer
use pressure-treated plywood to cover the wall. place a row of 1x6s along the bottom of the railroad-tie retaining wall so the plywood doesn't sit directly on the patio. press a sheet of pressure-treated plywood against the wall, resting on the 1x6s, and attach it to the wall with exterior-grade screws. cover it up with framing and drywall
i'm tired of looking at my neighbor's ugly wall so i decided to cover it with the pallets and a few pine beams that i have. i didn't use any finish on the pallets because i like the weathered look
retaining walls are not always the answer. on this job they weren't in the budget. we saved the porch, and created a backyard for 1/2 the cost by focusing on grading and other design ideas. heres
curb appeal is the look your house gives as you drive past it and it can make thousands or tens of thousands of dollars difference to your homes value. one way to affordably up your curb appeal is by remodeling your retaining walls with some fancy faux panels. retaining walls are an outstanding landscaping feature,
even speed up the ageing/deteriorating process and roughen up the face of the wall with a hammer and masonry point the more marks and imperfections, the better. that rustic and recycled look is very desirable these days just be sure to keep it superficial, you dont want to damage the wall structurally and have it come tumbling down.