What a mess I had! When I bought my lake house, it was a year with so little rain, it was being called a drought. The lake was down so low, I got a steal of a deal on it. I was really pleased. I knew the lake would rise again. And boy, did it ever! Two years later, the rains came. It rained and it rained and…it rained. The lake came up to my property and flooded the ground. It came dangerously close to my home too. That was not that much of a surprise though. When was shocking was that when the lake receded after the initial flooding, it took my yard with it, or at least a good chunk of it. I wasn’t willing to give up any more of my precious earth. I had to stand my ground! So, I made the decision to have a concrete retaining wall built between the water’s edge and my property. I looked into retaining walls and the different varieties, block walls, cinder, stamped, etc. At first it was overwhelming. But, when I really sifted the information out, it was crystal clear which way I should go. I settled on a cement block wall because it would hold up the best and it’s waterproof. I found a local concrete company and scheduled an estimate through their website at www.albanyconcretecontractors.com for concrete retaining wall construction. The quote was cheaper than expected and I was elated with the price. I had the company begin the following day. A year has passed and I have not lost any more ground. The retaining wall actually looks very nice and doesn’t interfere with any of my fishing or swing activities either. Several neighbors have followed suit and had cement retaining walls built on their properties too. Cement isn’t the ideal choice of retaining wall for everyone. Some places look and function best with wood or even steel. But if you live on the lake and are wanting to create a strong, durable barrier between your property and the water, cement is definitely the way to go.