Northern Virginia’s premier landscape builder Grigg Design is excited to return the Capital Remodel + Garden Show at the Dulles Expo Center Friday Feb 22nd 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday 23rd from 10 am to 9 pm, and Sunday Feb 24th from 10 am to 6 pm. You can easily find them in the same booth as last year #1147.
For the booth this year, they have created a beautiful backyard patio space to showcase hardscape and landscape capabilities. This beautifully designed 10- by 20-foot booth features a stacked stone wall, raised flagstone patio, concrete paver patio, veneered stone pillar, planting, and a custom stone fountain — all, or some of which, could be yours. It is the perfect oasis for all seasons.
Capital Remodel + Garden Show attendees will find innovative products, new ideas, and practical advice from hardscape and landscaping experts, home improvement and remodeling professionals; entertainment and electronics options galore; and so much more!
Here are a few tips for attendees:
Meet designers Steve Grigg, and Sam Eashum at the Capital Remodel + Garden Show. They look forward to discussing your landscape design ideas and how they can make your vision a reality!
About Grigg Design, Inc.
Established in 1986, Grigg Design has been providing award winning designs and installations for over 33 years to clients in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William County and the surrounding areas. Grigg Design is a full-service landscape design build firm; from conception to completion, their primary focus is providing clients with a finished, fully functional landscape, from design all the way through implementation. Hire the expert team at Grigg Design to install a single feature such as a garden installation, patio, walkway, retaining wall, etc.; or to manage a project with many facets. Grigg ‘designs on the human scale’, all while employing the best horticultural engineering practices. For more information, visit https://www.gdiva.com.
A retaining wall is an important structure. These walls are responsible for keeping soil off walkways, roads, driveways, and patios. While retaining walls are functional structures, they are highly visible. It’s important that functionality isn’t the only consideration in their design.
Creating a retaining wall is not a simple task. These walls must hold the pressure of large amounts of soil. This is especially true when dealing with hillsides and slopes. Prior to construction, the designer must take into consideration a number of factors including the height of the wall, the slope of the ground above the wall, the type of soil behind the wall, and any additional weight on the soil above the wall. This additional weight might be from plants, garden structures, or even vehicles and buildings.
Height of the Retaining Wall
Height plays a significant role in the design of retaining walls. The higher the wall, the more force pushing against it. If not properly constructed, this force could break through, causing damage and possible injury to people and pets.
Slope is another factor to consider. It’s important to remember that the wall will hold the soil directly behind it as well as the upslope of soil above it. This can add a significant amount of pressure against the wall. In fact, the weight from soil can get up to thousands of pounds.
Drainage is another important factor to consider. The retaining wall must allow water to escape in a safe and reasonable fashion. This prevents flooding, but also reduces the amount of weight pushing against the wall. Without proper drainage, water buildup can create excessive force, reducing the retaining wall’s lifespan and increasing the chance of damage.
In order to allow for proper drainage, the wall’s construction should include drainage tile, washed gravel backfill, and weep holes. These must be strategically placed to maximize their efficiency.
Design and Construction of Retaining Walls Takes Time and Resources
The design and construction of a retaining wall is a major undertaking. These walls require a lot of time, labor, and money. They also require an understanding of the land and the types of materials used. Hiring a professional can provide peace of mind.
Experienced Design and Build Company
An experienced design and build company can help you with the design and construction of attractive, functional retaining walls. The right builder understands how to construct retaining walls to properly complement and enhance your landscape. They know what needs to be done to ensure the longevity and safety of the wall.
Grigg Design has over thirty years of experience designing and constructing quality retaining walls and landscapes. We work directly with each of our clients to evaluate their space and develop a plan that meets their unique needs and requirements. We are pleased to provide our design and build services to both businesses and residential customers throughout Northern Virginia. Please contact us for more information about our services.
Retaining walls help keep soil and plant life from escaping from their designated areas. Although these walls are often thought of as purely functional, they can also be used to add your own unique style to your landscape.
Retaining walls can be made from different materials to add texture and color to your outdoor living space. When adding retaining walls, it’s important to ensure that all elements are considered. Retaining walls should be able to handle the weight of soil and plant life, and should allow for proper drainage. Poorly constructed retaining walls will not last long and can pose a safety hazard. The best way to ensure that retaining walls meet your needs is by hiring a qualified landscape designer.
Grigg Design is your premier choice for landscape design in Northern Virginia. We understand the steps needed to create a space that is both functional and stylish. Our team works directly with you to create a plan that meets your individual needs and budget.
Retaining walls can be as creative or original as you like. The following are some of our favorite ideas:
Poured Concrete Retaining Walls
Concrete is the strongest and most durable choice of material. Retaining walls made from concrete can be painted, carved, stained, or veneered. Using concrete allows you to create a clean, modern appearance to your outdoor living space.
Stacked Stone Blocks
Retaining walls made from stacked stone blocks give your landscape a rustic appearance. You can create a unique look by combining different colored blocks.
Brick Retaining Walls
Bricks provide a sturdy, durable choice for retaining walls. Retaining walls made from brick provide adequate drainage and add a touch of charm to outdoor living spaces.
Grigg Design provides landscape design and build services for residents in and around Northern Virginia. Our services include landscape design, landscape plantings, patios and walkways, and retaining walls. Our experienced team has over twenty-nine years of experience and is well prepared to help you create an outdoor space you’ll enjoy for years to come.
Please contact us for more information about our services.
Most people focus on the inside of their home, forgetting the space that’s used most during the summer. Your patio is the perfect spot for entertaining and soaking in those extra hours of daylight. With the right design, your patio can be transformed into a fully functional living space.
Bring the Inside Out
One of the biggest trends right now focuses on making your patio an extension of your indoor living space. This can be accomplished with matching furniture, colors, and textures. If possible, consider using the same tile on your patio as used inside your home. This helps complete the look.
Update Your Patio Furniture
Replace your old wicker furniture with new, modern versions. Consider spending a little extra on your patio furniture this year. The pieces will look better, and likely last longer than less expensive models. You’ll want to make sure that the pieces you purchase are waterproof. This helps protect them from damage caused by inclement weather.
Decorate With Planters
Strategically placed planters add a splash of color and charm to your patio. For the most dramatic result, choose large planters in matching colors.
There’s nothing as relaxing or soothing as the sound of running water. Adding a fountain or water feature to your patio not only looks good; it also brings a touch of tranquility to your outdoor living space. This might be just what you need to relax after a long day.
Outdoor lighting increases the safety of your home and allows you to spend more time outdoors. It also provides a dramatic display for your outdoor living space. Outdoor lighting is available in a wide range of colors and styles.
Landscape and Hardscape Design
Grigg Design can help you get your outdoor living space ready for entertaining. We provide a variety of design and build services for homes throughout Northern Virginia. Our services include concrete patios and walkways, outdoor flowers, retaining walls, water features, and softscapes. Our team is well prepared to help you create the perfect space for your needs.
Please contact us for more information about our services.