Whether you need to build a retaining wall for functional or decorative purposes on your southern California property, there are other decisions you need to make before construction can begin. Remember, these walls will last for decades, so you need to make sure you are happy with the way they look, which means choosing the material they are made from is an important decision.

At Southwest Outdoor Services, we build retaining walls from block stone, boulders, pavers, and flat painted concrete. Learn more about these four materials and which one might be best suited for your property in Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and nearby cities in California.


1. Block stone with stonework is a popular choice.

Block stone retaining wall with blooming flowers in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.

A block stone retaining wall is a very popular choice in this area, as we can use many different types and colors of block stone to build your wall. These are often used to create long walls with curves in them, which look beautiful. Many types of blocks are also designed to be interlocking, which cuts down on labor and installation time and gives you a more economical option.

Consider having us do some custom stonework to add in some columns along the wall for design purposes.


2. Stacked or natural stone and boulders provide a natural-looking wall.

Stacked natural stone retaining wall in Encinitas, CA.

If you are wanting a more natural type of wall, look no further than stacked stone or boulders. We bring these in straight from a quarry and create the wall using our masonry skills. Boulders can make for a strong, gorgeous wall that seamlessly blends into the rest of your landscape, while a stacked stone wall adds beauty and dimension to the retaining wall area.


3. Pavers offer a variety of design options.

Paver stone retaining wall around landscape bed in Carlsbad, CA.

Opting for concrete pavers is also a great choice, as these offer a large variety of options in their design. Pavers come in all sizes, shapes, and colors so you can decide to create a wall that is truly you. Customize your pattern as well--our contractors can make anything you want to see on your property.


4. Flat painted concrete allows us to fully customize the wall.

Painted concrete retaining wall in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.

Another option is a flat, painted concrete wall. We can stain the concrete in a color that matches the outside of your property or paint it with a pattern to resemble concrete blocks or bricks, creating a fully customized wall for you. These typically give off more of a modern look and feel than the other options do, making them a great choice for homes that have modern-type construction.


Need a retaining wall built on your property? Call our experienced contractors for help.

Throughout Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and nearby cities in southern California, the experienced contractors at Southwest Outdoor Services build quality, long-lasting retaining walls for both residential and commercial properties. We make both functional walls for preventing erosion and decorative for elevated planting beds. No matter what type you need, we can help. Give our company a call at (858) 335-4650 to set up a consultation or submit our online contact form!