Retaining walls play an important role in the overall structure and design of your landscape space, and our retaining wall contractors understand this. They know the necessary regulations and procedures to build one, and of course, hold the skills to construct it.
If you are looking at having a retaining wall added to your landscape design, here are their top tips.
Before you start, our retaining wall contractors advise that you check with your local council to see if planning or building approval is needed. The Brisbane City Council website confirms that you will need approval if your wall is over one metre high, located within 1.5 metres of a building or structure, and there is no ‘surcharge loading’ over the ‘zone of influence’ for the wall. If you are uncertain as to whether or not you need approval, our solution is to work with a contractor.
Our retaining wall contractors recommend choosing between stone and concrete or cement blocks. Stone is an extremely popular choice and is a beneficial material to use. Not only is a stone retaining wall very strong, but it also requires very little maintenance. A concrete or cement block wall is also very strong and is very easy to assemble. Select the best option for the style of your home and landscape, as well as one that suits your budget.
When planning your retaining wall, our retaining wall contractors encourage you to think outside the box in terms of design. How about a tiered layout for garden beds or additional outdoor seating? You could even try a vertical garden bed.
Seeing as most retaining walls are impenetrable to anything passing through them, drainage is a very crucial component to its construction. To avoid any water build up, make sure there are proper foundations, granular backfill and pipes with weep-holes.
The final piece of advice is, of course, to look for a contractor that is trustworthy, have a solid portfolio and positive testimonials. Make sure to investigate before hiring. If you’d like to know more about our retaining wall contractors at Solutions Built, feel free to get in touch.