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hudster

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:30 pm Reply with quote

I've got a retaining garden wall, as far as I know it's about 100 years old.

I need to raise its height to screen the garden from the road. I could build a fence behind it but I'd rather build up the brick wall if at all possible.

It's about 3ft and I'd want the it just over 6ft.

It's all vertical, and other than some bits which need repointing, it seems in good condition.







Some questions I had:

1) It's only a single brick in depth. If I find matching bricks and a good brickie, could it be extended upwards, or will the weight be too much for the original foundations?

2) I've seen the building guide about using 2 or 3 brick depth for this height. Rather than thickening the wall, could we build columns in the inner side to strengthen it?

3) What sort of budget should I allow for this?

Thanks
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catlad

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:39 pm Reply with quote

That wall looks knackered to me, at the height that you want, it will have to be double skin so that means you will have to start again, or build a fence.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:34 am Reply with quote

Aye, don't forget the 'ol Planning Permission either! icon_cry.gif

http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/commonprojects/fenceswallsgates/
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handyman77

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 6:51 am Reply with quote

That ain't much of a retaining wall. Forget adding to it and the fence will look tish! Better off planting a hedge! And then you can ignore freddie twins aswell! Everyones a winner!
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^woody^

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:58 pm Reply with quote

Apart from the other problems stated above, you will never ever get any bricks to match and any new brickwork on the top will make the whole thing look crap
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ABCwarrior

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:58 pm Reply with quote

Counting the inner/outer courses it's only "retaining" 3-4 courses...more like generous backfill than a retaining wall.
Good advice from the others- plus it already has piers/columns added to it so trying to "retro-strengthen" it would look awful from inside the garden...
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hudster

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:55 pm Reply with quote

handyman77 wrote:
Better off planting a hedge! !


I've got one (pic2), it's just taking sodding ages to grow!!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:53 am Reply with quote

Sorry never noticed! It doesn't look in good nick. icon_confused.gif
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