Brick Retaining Wall Design Brick Retaining Wall Design

What You'll Need
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A brick retaining wall is used to hold back soil which is a higher level than a garden or a house. It's very important to design this wall so that it is as strong as possible. The retaining wall will need to be designed not only to retain the soil but also let out the water so that it doesn't become to heavy and risk damaging the wall.

When designing a brick retaining wall there are a number of important steps to bear in mind. As long as the retaining wall is designed properly then it will be capable of doing the job and holding back all of the soil.

Step 1 - Measuring Up

First you need to measure the size of the retaining wall that you require; measure both the height and the width of the wall. The taller the wall, the stronger it will have to be to retain the earth behind it. If the wall is very tall then extra columns of bricks may be required to add extra support and stability to the entire structure.

Step 2 - Planning

A retaining wall is a huge undertaking and building one will require a huge investment of both time and money. You will need to use heavy machinery to remove the earth and then build a strong retaining wall to hold the soil in place and to stop it moving. This will help you reclaim extra space in your garden which would otherwise be lost.

Step 3 - Drainage

Drainage is a very important issue when building a retaining wall. You will want to retain the soil behind the wall but there is no point trying to retain water. Water can be very heavy which is why you must build in drainage holes to the wall. Soil collects a lot of water because it is absorbed when it rains.

The drainage holes will allow the water to pass through and come out of the wall without adding to the weight.

Step 4 - Checking

It's essential that you check that your plans and your wall will be strong enough to do the job you want. You should take your plans to an architect who will be able to check that the wall will in fact retain the soil. This is important because if the wall ever gives way it will be very costly to correct.

Step 5 - Construction

Once you have your plans approved you will then need to start the construction. It's unlikely that you will be able to do everything yourself and you will probably need to hire professional assistance. Get at least three quotes from people who are capable of completing the job.

Compare not only the price of the quotes but also take a look at the services offered. For example if one contractor is offering to clean up the site after finishing the job then this will be a major advantage over many of the other contractors.

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