Retaining walls are generally built with the main intention of preventing instances of soil displacement through erosion and are therefore quite common down a slope. Once they are up, standing and stable, these walls can also be used artistically to beautify the garden and give it some unique look and feel. As a matter of fact, a well planned retaining wall can turn an otherwise unusable piece of land or backyard into a beautiful, relaxing and inviting spot. There are several retaining wall building options currently available in the market. Such a wall can be made from a variety of materials, it all depends on the type of soil, available materials, how much you are willing to spend, how fast you want the wall to be up and the site where you erecting the wall. A retaining wall can be built from materials such as natural stone, wood, pre-cast concrete stones, bricks and even mock stone bricks amongst a host of other possible options.
The overall cost of the retaining wall is dependent on factors such as the size of the wall and the materials used to erect the wall. These factors will dictate the amount of materials one will use and the tools and equipments required. Generally, irrespective of the material you use, you would be required to at least assemble tools and equipments such as a shovel and digging tools, a rake, a tape measure, a garden hose, wooden stakes and a string, a level, a wheelbarrow, some gravel, interlocking landscape stones (or any other material you may decide to use), mortar, a mallet, a landscaping fabric, soil tamper, concrete mix and a pair of gloves and safety glasses.
Just like any other development that you want to erect at home, it is imperative that you check the laws governing such structures in the county where you reside. Even though you can get such details online, it is always advisable to make a physical appearance in such places and get to receive this kind of information first hand. You can also engage the building inspector and have him or her elaborate on certain factors which may not be clear to you. If a building permit is required, make sure you have it and all the paperwork in order before you start erecting the wall. It is always cheaper to follow the law and abide by the rules and regulations even though they may at times sound and look trivial.
Once you have the paperwork and permit ready, if at all they are required; you can then go ahead and start looking for a building contractor who can build for you the wall at an affordable price without compromising on quality. Even though it is possible to build a retaining wall yourself, it is ill advised if you don’t have any prior knowledge in the construction industry. This is because an accident such as a collapsed wall can have catastrophic ramifications if the collapse happens when people are nearby. Having a professional do it is therefore more appropriate and prudent.
To help you narrow down the available building contractors, you can seek the advice of someone who recently had such a wall erected or had a home built by a contractor. Getting a word of mouth referral from someone who has had some firsthand professional experience with a building contractor is bound to go a long way in calming your nerves and having the retaining wall built as per your specifications. Make a point of visiting the sites where a contractor is currently engaged or was previously engaged and get to gauge the workmanship before fully committing to have them on board. If you are satisfied with what you see, go ahead and discuss in detail where you want the wall constructed, the measurements, and the material you prefer to use and let him or her give you a quote of how much it will cost. Be very clear on who is buying the raw materials and whether they have been factored in the quotation provided. You should then agree with the building contractor on the timelines, agree on when to have the wall completed , how much you are going to pay and when the payment(s) will be executed and also the mode of payment. Make sure all these details are contained in the contract you sign before any work commences. Don’t ignore any of these details because you feel that the work is minor.