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Planning and Executing Construction and Contracting Projects: Tips for Consumers

Welcome to my blog. My name is Deborah. About 15 years ago, I bought an old home. We worked with several contractors to rehabilitate it, but ultimately, the foundation simply wasn't stable enough, and we had to tear it down. After that, we worked with a construction crew to build a home from the ground up. The experience was exciting and challenging, and I learned a lot through that process. I want to share construction and contracting facts and information with others so I decided to start this blog. I hope that you like the results, and I thank you for reading. Enjoy!

Planning and Executing Construction and Contracting Projects: Tips for Consumers

Benefits of a Concrete Sleeper Retaining Wall in a Garden

by Samantha Russell

A retaining wall can create level areas on sloping terrain, upon which you can construct a patio or establish garden beds. If your property is flat, a feature wall that curves around a terrace will provide handy seating for when guests arrive. While you'll notice plenty of available wall materials, one stand-out option is concrete sleepers, the benefits of which follow.

Design Options

Concrete sleepers come in various colours and textures, allowing you to integrate them with the scenery. Concrete is malleable, and it can be poured into moulds that mimic timber sleepers, natural stone and other substances. The cement can also be filled with pigment and treated with colour stains outside to imitate organic tones and patterns. Thus, you won't be restricted in your design choices. For a rustic aesthetic, place faux timber sleepers. If you love sandstone, install concrete sleepers that mimic its golden tones.

Strong and Resilient

Concrete forms sturdy and resilient walls. The sleepers can be steel-reinforced, increasing their robustness. Concrete won't warp, rot or be devoured by termites, which can happen with timber. Thus, once you install the concrete sleepers around your yard, they'll remain for ages, and you won't need to replace the wall anytime soon. Plus, you won't need to waste weekend hours on upkeep tasks, as concrete doesn't require regular sealing, sanding or painting. Before setting up the wall, you may need guidance from a structural engineer about the wall height and structure, particularly if it's restraining soil. Your local council can give precise information about building regulations.


Concrete sleepers are versatile, as you can get creative in your garden and employ them in different ways. As well as building a wall, you could border the garden beds with sleepers or create a meandering pathway through the garden. Because concrete offers numerous designs, you can unify the house and landscape by echoing the colours on the external walls or roofing.

Thus, concrete sleepers present a range of benefits for a home garden. They offer countless colours and textures to create beautiful hardscape elements, such as walls, paths and garden edging, that blend into a whole. Additionally, concrete sleepers form robust structures built to last, so once you construct them, they'll essentially look after themselves for many years. The sleepers won't decay and twist and require replacing, so your garden investment will enhance your property and make it more practical over the long term.