Facade for Recycled Concrete Wall
We're about to tear up our back patio, and were thinking we could kill 2 birds with one stone (no animals were harmed in the posting of this message) and use the recycled concrete to build a retaining wall in our sloping front yard.
The thing is, we don't love the look.
So my question, which I'm having a hard time finding answers to, is...can we use the concrete to provide the strength we need to keep the dirt in place, but add poured concrete to it to make it look clean.
I'm thinking we build the wall, the put framing in front and behind the chunks, and pour concrete within the framework, so that the recycled bits are the guts of it, but it has a smooth face.
Another possible idea is to put sheets of corrugated metal in front of the wall with 4x4s spaced every 4' to hold them in place, and fill the empty space between the chunks and the sheet metal facade with sand & small gravel.
Am I crazy?