Appalachian Valley Landscape is proud to announce that our owner, Josh Decker, recently completed the rigorous training, testing, and experience requirements necessary to become a certified Segmental Retaining Wall (SRW) installer through the National Concrete Masonry Association. In order to complete this certification, Josh had to take classes that taught him the right (and wrong) ways to install a SRW retaining wall, as well as prove he could put that knowledge to work with several thousand square feet of Segmental block wall installs under his belt.
The main thing we learned? Boy are there a lot of WRONG ways to install a retaining wall. While the end result may look the same at first, improperly installed retaining walls run the risk of:
Professional Certifications in our industry aren't required, they aren't cheap, and they certainly aren't easy to obtain, but we believe in providing our clients with the highest quality products available on the market, as well as the assurance that the job has been done correctly. The first time. If unsightly retaining walls have you and your current property value singing the blues, give us a call today.
All I can say about this one is Wow! This collaborative project turned out completely stunning. This is a backyard renovation in Sweetwater, Tennessee. We started with a sad old broken terracotta tile patio that screamed 1997. After removing that, we build a larger modern elevated paver patio with a contrasting ground level patio. Tying it all together was the new stone veneering that coordinated with renovations they were doing to the exterior of the home. I call this project collaborative because, after the new patio was built, Diversified Enclosures came in and built a gorgeous screen room area on top. Other accents that set put multiple cherries on top (are you allowed to have more than one cherry on top? Because this project definitely has more than one cherry) include the little pond water feature, a custom fireplace with a circular flagstone accent inlay, and the beautiful stone bench custom cut for their curved walkway. Overally, the project blends the rustic and the glam that is oh-so-very chic right now.
It's always fun for us to complete a project that beautifies our community. Athens is my hometown, and I've been known to be a sentimental sap, especially when it comes to our community. This project was on a relatively new construction home in our area, but the use of local stone with a rustic feel, really captured the essence of the Athens, Tennessee community. We're loving the way this landscape turned out. Especially how the stone edging upgrades a boring builder spec concrete patio and integrates the whole space in nicely.
For this project, we used 20 tons of local natural creek stone and boulders, 15 locally mined solid stone steps, and several tons of a beautiful rustic brown local flagstone. Pulling together all these local materials allowed for a cohesive color scheme that blends seamlessly into the natural woods behind it. We can't wait for these new homeowners to get to enjoy their space!
Every older neighborhood has one. The eyesore. Sagging, sad, crumbling. A retaining wall. Built sometime in the 1980s, usually out of railroad ties or cinder blocks that have long since lost their battle with Mother Earth, they sit there, devaluing the property around them and reminding the neighbors, potential home buyers, and appraisers that this house is past its prime.
Updating a failed retaining wall is one surefire way to update a property and bring a fresh face to the overall landscaping. While often not a cheap endeavor, it cannot be overlooked as a vital first step in refreshing and modernizing an exterior. And while I am certainly a sucker for a gorgeous natural stone or custom veneered retaining wall to match the home, Gravity Stone Segmental Retaining Wall Block can be a modern and budget-friendly way to update your sagging retaining wall. Appalachian Valley Landscape has installed thousands of square feet of SRW retaining walls, and the transformations are amazing. Check it out!
This patio went into a spec home in a West Knoxville. Thankfully, the owners-to-be had begun adding their input into the style and finishes of the home before final closing because Tracey was all about modern, clean line design. The original design plan called for a more traditional shape and color palette. When Tracey described the look she was going for and sent over a few inspirational photos, I was loving the chance to design a really modern space that was still functional for a young family. The final layout we came to reflected mom's love of cool colors and architectural lines while still be functional for a couple of rowdy boys to roast their marshmallows and hang out with friends. Overall, it came together to be a beautiful, practical outdoor living space that will grow great with their family.
It's been a while since we blogged! The craziness of the spring season has left little time for updates. But I couldn't resist hopping back in to share this beautiful firepit area we recently completed in Roane County. The owners gave us permission to go crazy with artistic liberties and we were so excited to bring in some unique elements. When they requested "some good size rocks" we surprised them with a delivery of three and five ton boulders to be used in their seat/retaining wall. At their request, we incorporated an "infinite edge" style patio and fire pit that allow them to take full advantage of the slope and the view they have on their property. All parties couldn't be happier with how it turned out and I couldn't resist jumping back on the blog to share it with you.
With the growing popularity of prefabricated landscape products, we always love to see design trends that intermingle the beauty of natural products with the luxury of the up-and-coming landscape design trends. These solid stone natural cut stair treads perfectly embody this balanced blend. These natural stone steppers bring a home to life with the unique patterns and interest of local Tennessee stone. Because they are a custom cut product, these stones have a smooth step tread and can be cut to any size, bringing beauty and natural flow pattern to any terrain. Our clients can't get enough of these unique pieces, and it's easy to see why. Who wouldn't want the beauty, function, and property access that these staircases afford?
When these homeowners purchased this beautiful, spacious lot in Farragut, TN, they could see the potential, but they also knew it would be a lot of work! Rotting landscape timbers edged the property on all sides and detracted from the beauty of both the home and the unique plant varieties within the numerous beds. One particularly onerous set of timbers lined the driveway as a small retaining wall. We were able to go in and remove the decayed materials and give them a whole new look. Using a terraced segmental retaining wall block, we were able to give them clean, modern lines and bring this section of the landscape into the modern era. Coupling the stark, modern look of the wall block with the natural beauty of some creek stone mulch accents, and their driveway became a show-stopping boulevard. At nearly 200 feet long, this low-lying retaining wall goes a long way towards updating this space.