A Retaining Sleeper Wall Brings Kerb Appeal to a Front Garden in Henley-on-Thames

Our task was to convert a large overgrown bank into a sharply defined raised bed area. The result is a smart and contemporary approach to this modern style property.

ALDA in Action

Our Client’s Brief:

  • The large overgrown bank was not doing justice to the approach of the property. The brief was to construct a new curved oak sleeper retaining wall to bring structure and kerb appeal to the front driveway and complement the house.
  • The new retaining wall was to run opposite the front of the house continuing around the tree.
  • The wall was to finish at the new electric gates which will be installed at a later date.

What We Did:

Remove Unwanted Vegetation and Excavate Soil

We started by clearing the area of unwanted overgrown vegetation and excavating the soil to start creating the raised bank.

Build Retaining Wall

  • We built the new retaining wall by concreting the oak sleepers into the ground so they stood upright side by side.
  • This made a change for us as we are so used to laying sleepers horizontally for the raised planting beds we regularly build for our garden projects.
  • The vertical sleepers are very effective, and complement the style of the house.

Line and Fill Bed and Install Electrics

  • Next we lined the new raised border with a  thick polythene membrane and topped it up level with soil ready for the planting.
  • We also ran an electric cable underground from the new gates to the power supply in the garage and installed a green chain link fence either side of the gates along the garden’s boundaries to enclose the space.

The Outcome:

  • The approach to the property has been transformed. The large overgrown bank is now a smartly defined raised bed area, creating a contemporary approach which perfectly complements the modern style of the property.
  • The curved outline of the wall gives definition to this large front area and the oak sleepers echo the timber porchway and windows along the exterior of the house.
  • The existing tree which was previously hidden by the overgrown vegetation can be appreciated now as a feature within the bank. This will be added to with new planting, which will be set off beautifully by the oak sleeper retaining wall.

Take a look at this before and after slider to see the transformation that has taken place.

Like what you see?

From planning a new border to a complete garden remodel, we pride ourselves on transforming ideas into beautiful reality, with minimum disruption. If you’re based in or around the Reading and Newbury area, we’d love to meet and discuss your project in detail – book your free no-obligation garden consultation today. We do get pretty booked up, particularly during the Spring, so plan ahead if possible!