Slopes can create challenges for homeowners in their landscape, stifling smooth transition between elevations. Planning for connectivity around your structure is critical to providing safe and functional access to the space. Stairs and retaining walls help to accommodate changes in grade in a landscape with uneven topography. Having well planned terracing and stairs increases the enjoyment of your yard as well as provides interesting planting opportunities. A sense of motion is created with a meandering or linear retaining wall or a functional staircase.
What makes the installation of retaining walls and stairs so important is not just the aesthetic value but their strength. Walls must endure lateral earth pressure as well as hydrostatic pressure which is best illustrated by the incredible soil and water loads they can carry. Well designed and installed structures will enable the structure to survive over a long time.