Retain walls must be designed, built, and maintained in such a way as to ensure they fulfill their important functions efficiently. This involves placing them within property boundaries rather than across shared boundaries with neighbouring properties.
Timber Retaining Walls
Timber retaining walls can add structure and interest to your garden while helping stabilize slopes for easier use. They are also an affordable way to create terraced areas or turn unusable parts into gardens or entertainment spaces, using materials such as timber sleepers or macrocarpa that can either be stained or left to weather naturally over time.
Timber retaining walls are an ideal choice because of its long lifespan and easy construction process, not to mention versatility of use in many different applications. Drainage must also be considered to prevent water logging footings and undermine integrity of wall construction; additionally permeable fills such as scoria should be used as backfill for faster flow of rainwater runoff.
Timber retaining walls that exceed 1.5 meters in height usually require council approval, as well as being close to either your property boundary or public land. Furthermore, you may require earthworks contractor before construction begins and it’s wise to discuss all details with your local council beforehand to avoid exceeding their regulations.
Concrete Retaining Walls
If you’re building a small retaining wall for a garden bed, usually no permission or permit is needed if it measures under 1.5 metres tall. If it will support driveway or surcharge charges however, an engineer should always be consulted prior to proceeding with construction.
Before beginning construction, it’s vitally important to create a plan and take measurements of the area. This will enable you to establish how tall to build your retaining wall and where to place drainage systems. Furthermore, ensure your wall sits entirely within your property boundaries without touching on shared boundaries.
Once your plans have been drawn, the next step should be obtaining quotes for materials and labour. When getting these estimates, make sure to receive full details so you can accurately compare each contractor’s quote against others – it may happen that some subcontractors undercut others by skipping items or opting for cheaper materials.
Keystone Block Walls
Installing a retaining wall in your yard can transform an otherwise inaccessible space into an extremely usable one, opening up possibilities that were previously nonexistent. These walls can be used for various purposes including creating gardens and staircases as well as terraces – not forgetting stopping soil erosion on sloped areas! Retaining walls come in various materials including wood, stone, and concrete for your convenience.
Selecting the appropriate material for your retaining wall depends on a number of factors such as what’s being retained, budget and soil conditions. A stone wall costs more than timber but provides excellent aesthetic advantages in your yard.
Keystone block walls make an excellent choice for larger retaining walls, featuring a natural aesthetic and are versatile enough to serve multiple purposes like garden walls, terraces and tree rings. Installation is straightforward with flexible sections suited for any landscaping design scheme.
Note that depending on the height and location of your retaining wall, council approval may be necessary before starting construction. When gathering quotes, always request them broken down by labour costs versus materials to ensure you remain informed about any hidden costs that might exist.
Masonry Retaining Walls
Retaining walls are an integral component of garden designs and offer numerous advantages. From adding dimension and stabilizing slopes and terrain before construction projects begin to safeguarding against coastal erosion – R F Masonry can design and construct the perfect retaining wall solution to suit any need!
Masonry retaining walls utilize brick, cast stone, cob, concrete block, stone or granite as interlocking units that are bound together with mortar to form interlocking sections or complete the look you desire. They come in different finishes and colors so you can achieve exactly the look you’re going for.
Gravity walls rely on their mass to withstand pressure from behind, with drainage installed to avoid groundwater build-up, which increases wall failure rates. Tie backs or geotextile cloth may need to be included with these structures for additional support.
Soldier Pile Retaining Walls use encased timber or concrete piles that are spaced closely together, penetrating into more competent subsoils in order to retain more unstable soils above. Used either with house piles or as stand-alone systems, soldier pile retaining walls often include an integrated capping beam for added support.
Dependent upon the height and location of your proposed retaining wall, obtaining building or resource consent might be required for its construction. Consult your local district plan for information regarding what regulations may be in effect in your region.