Last year I fancied up my front porch by building a DIY Corner Bench with a Built-in Table and a Firewood Rack. This year I decided the rest of the front of my house needs to be spiced up a bit as well. The paint on my house is dark brown with light brown trim and the grass (okay, yes, they are weeds 🙂 ) grows right up to the front of the house. Don’t judge, there are too many oak trees around here to grow grass and plus, California has been in a years’ long drought! So green weeds are what we get anytime it rains! So here’s a picture of how the front of my house looked:
I wanted to add something to give a little lighter look to the front and give it some texture, so I decided to add a retaining wall border to the front and fill it with rock.
I purchased the concrete blocks from Home Depot. Total cost was around $400 to purchase enough blocks to run the length of that section of the front of the house. I had to lay four rows of blocks due to how uneven the ground was from one side of the house to the other.
First, I laid out one row of blocks to figure out the layout of the bricks.
Use a level to ensure that each block is level with the previous block you placed. For my house, I had to start with the left side and work my way to the right side of the house, digging deeper into the ground with each new block as the ground became continually higher as I moved to the right side.
Once the first row of blocks has been leveled and placed into position, begin laying he second row of blocks, beginning on the same side you originally started. Each additional row should be offset from the blocks below.
I laid four rows of blocks, which is the highest I would go without using an adhesive or other method of stabilizing the wall. Since the first row of blocks is almost completely buried for much of the wall due to the uneven ground, most of the wall is only two or three blocks above ground.
Next, I placed weed blocker along the inside of the retaining wall border.
Next, I purchased some rock (called black and white) at the local landscaping supply company and filled the area behind the retaining wall border.
The rock was pretty dirty, but once I hosed everything down with some water, it really brightened up the rock (and the front of the house)!
And here are the pics of the finished project:
I was able to complete the project in one weekend, although it was a bit exhausting digging out all of that dirt! But I am very happy with the end results and am looking forward to adding some plants into the area to spice it up even more! What type of plants would you add to this area?
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