Most people plant flowers in this area, but these homeowners did something SO gorgeous instead!

Last year I fancied up my front porch by building a DIY Corner Bench with a Built-in Table (you can find that project here: http://www.pinspirationmommy.com/diy-corner-bench-with-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! So, I decided to take on a weekend project to fancy it up a bit!

 

 

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Here is a brief description of how I built the concrete block border. For full details, please visit my blog at the link at the bottom of this post.
I purchased the concrete blocks from Home Depot. First, I laid out one row of blocks to figure out the layout of the bricks.

 

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I then began laying the blocks, digging and leveling as I went.

 

how to build a retaining wall border, concrete masonry, how to

 

Once I had the first row of block set and leveled, I began on the second row, offsetting the blocks from the row before.

 

how to build a retaining wall border, concrete masonry, how to

 

Then I placed rows three and four.

 

how to build a retaining wall border, concrete masonry, how to

 

Next, I laid the weed barrier.

 

how to build a retaining wall border, concrete masonry, how to

 

And then added the rock.

 

how to build a retaining wall border, concrete masonry, how to

 

The rock was pretty muddy, so once the border area was filled in, I washed everything down with the hose to sparkle it up!

 

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And here is the finished project! Just need to decide on some plants to add to the area behind the border and it will be complete!
As a reminder, here is what the house looked like before this project:

 

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And here is what it looks like now:
  • how to build a retaining wall border, concrete masonry, how to

Material I used for this project:

  • Concrete blocks   (Home Depot)

To see more: http://www.pinspirationmommy.com/build-retaining-wall-border/

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