Retaining Walls

Retaining wall with staggered edge in Raleigh

Retaining Walls

Clients have trusted the staff at Azalea Pools and Outdoor Living with residential retaining & seat wall installation for over 20 years.

Certified by the Concrete Masonry and Hardscapes Association (CMHA)our company possesses the expertise and knowledge necessary to design and construct custom retaining walls for almost any terrain or slope, complementing your custom pool installation. Additionally, we specialize in creating unique features such as seat walls and columns to enhance your outdoor space.

Retaining Wall, Seat Wall, and Column – Design & Construction

Retaining walls are generally built with segmented concrete blocks or masoned with stone veneers.  When selecting a wall material, consider which style will best suit your needs:

  • Segmented Concrete Block: Popular in the Raleigh area, segmented concrete blocks work well on uneven terrain.  They have long-lasting durability and consistently stand the test of time. Even though the segmented wall block comes in various materials and colors, they are relatively easy to install. A utility block is a basic wall block that works well for support walls. If you are looking for something a bit more upscale, we recommend Heritage block and Carraig block. These wall blocks have the face block resemble a veneered wall.  Additionally, Belgard, Cambridge, and Techo-Bloc carry popular retaining wall products. Azalea Pools and Outdoor Living is proud to be a preferred installer for the top major brands in the Raleigh-Durham area.
  • Stone Veneer: Veneer comes in both natural stone and manufactured.  Stone veneer adheres to your wall and columns.

What Does a Retaining Wall Do?

Retaining walls prevent soil erosion and damage to crops and gardens. They hold soil back, allowing accumulated rainwater to funnel away from flower beds, hardscapes, etc. By maximizing functional outdoor space, retaining walls work great for homes on a slope to increase usable turf. Landscaping is also employed to beautify yards and garden areas.

Custom Seat Walls

Seat walls are mini retaining walls whose function is to provide a type of bench seating for your outdoor living space.  While helping to maximize space, seat walls utilize the same function as a retaining wall.

Custom Columns

Columns are vertical standing stone structures often placed at the ends of retaining walls. Columns are built for aesthetic purposes or to support structures such as a pergol

Custom retaining walls we've built


With over 20 years of experience and CMHA certification, we specialize in designing and building custom retaining walls tailored to any terrain or slope.

We offer segmented concrete blocks for durability and versatility, as well as stone veneers for a natural aesthetic. Our range includes options from top brands like Belgard, Cambridge, and Techo-Bloc.

Retaining walls prevent soil erosion, protect gardens, and maximize usable outdoor space by holding soil back and redirecting rainwater. They’re ideal for homes on slopes and can enhance the aesthetics of your yard.

Seat walls serve as bench seating for outdoor spaces while also functioning as mini retaining walls. They help maximize space utilization and add to the overall aesthetic of your outdoor living area.

Yes, columns are vertical stone structures often placed at the ends of retaining walls for aesthetic appeal or structural support, such as for pergolas or other features.

Megan Aiken
Megan Aiken
We had a wonderful experience with Azalea Pools - we love our pool and backyard patio! Will designed an amazing pool with a waterfall feature and attached firepit area. Will and Heather were so easy to work with and they helped us through all the different steps to make sure the pool fit in just the right spot in our yard. Their attention to detail and quality were a perfect fit for this project. I would definitely recommend Azalea if you want to transform your backyard!
Sarah Rainwater
Sarah Rainwater
Will, Heather and their team did a beautiful job with our backyard oasis, from working with us in the design stage, to choosing materials and then the actual build process. They communicated well throughout, were honest and reliable, and we absolutely love the final product! We highly recommend!
Tim Williams
Tim Williams
We love our pool and entertainment area that Azalea Pools designed and constructed for us. We provided the basic elements we wanted (pool, built in grill with stone counters, firepit, etc) to Will. Heather took those and designed an amazing outdoor living space. Will handled all permits and communications with county personnel. As part of the construction we had to move our septic system. Will secured a septic expert and ensured that was handled as well. The Azalea Pools construction crew was professional, hard working and highly skilled. As a team, Azalea Pools did an amazing job of designing and creating a luxury outdoor space for our family and friends to enjoy.
Blake Shiver
Blake Shiver
I thought it would be valuable to post my experience 2 years after our pool was completed. When you make a major investment in a pool, you want it to hold up and pass the test of time. So far, our pool has been awesome and still feels and functions like a brand new pool. The attention to detail in design, even the components that you can't see that are buried under ground, are what set Azalea pools apart from the competition. Will and Heather helped us design our pool from scratch, bringing years of experience to the table to help us make decisions we would ultimately be proud of. They also helped connect us to a construction contractor to build an addition onto our house that also is part of our pool setup. Every single person that worked on this project had amazing work ethic, showed up every day and paid careful attention to every detail, not sacrificing a single minor thing. Honestly, it took a little longer than I expected (I was expecting 4-6 months and it took about 8), but this is the price of perfection. I should also mention that they did all of this during the early stages of the Covid pandemic, amidst a labor shortage and supply chain disaster. I honestly don't know how they pulled it off, but I do know they did an outstanding job. This is an honest company, run by honest professionals that take a great deal of pride in their work. If you are lucky enough to have Azalea design and build your pool, I am very confident you will be amazed the same way we have been. This was a once in a lifetime investment for us and we are very glad we chose Azalea.
Christine Goheen
Christine Goheen
Will and his crew designed and built this fabulous patio for us this past fall. We're so lucky to be able to enjoy this while we're staying home. I highly recommend them and will definitely be using them for the next project.

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