Basalt Retaining Wall, Bluestone Stairs + Entry Path craftsman-landscape
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Basalt Retaining Wall, Bluestone Stairs + Entry Path Craftsman Landscape, Portland

Photo: Rocco Nardelli
Photo of a craftsman front yard retaining wall landscape in Portland. — Houzz

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angieb8585 wrote:
What type/material of stone is the retaining wall made of?
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Jeff Bridges

I love the color of the stone. I'm going to have to look at some designs I can do with basalt that would compliment my backyard. Is it normally only used for retaining walls or are there other nice applications of basalt?

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Oscar Robinson

I really like this stone retaining wall, and how it matches the steps leading up to the house. My wife and I are planning on redesigning the landscape of our front yard, and I think having a stone wall would be great. Thanks for sharing--I'll be sure to show my wife. 

Jeanette Edwards wrote:
Paint color - Love this paint color. Can you tell me the name and brand? Thank you!
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Pistils Landscape Design + Build

Hi Jeanette: We built the stone wall and stairs but can't take any credit for the beautiful house or its paint. Sorry. Best of luck with your project!

Anamaria Dobrin wrote:
What is the tree to the left? - What is the tree to the left of the house? Very beautiful!

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Annie Thornton added this to How to Design a Great Garden on a Sloped Lot
Taming the SlopeBuild a retaining wall. A retaining wall is an obvious solution and one that makes sense if you need a level terrace for entertaining or playing sports. Its impact on the land is significant, since it involves reshaping the land. Retaining walls are generally made of stone, timber, concrete blocks or poured concrete. A wall higher than 18 inches will likely need to be backfilled with gravel and a French drain to relieve pressure caused by water buildup. Be sure to check your local guidelines for wall height, as you may need to install a railing for safety.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

Renee Anderson added this to Landscape Ideas
Good example of stone retaining walls and steps.
Liz added this to front entrance remodel
plants alongside front steps. different heights

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