retaining wall

  1. S

    Retaining wall and beds - K-Rend tips

    Hi, Landscapers have built a new retaining wall, steps and raised beds. Retaining wall is lined with DPM and weep holes at bottom. It’s going to have K Rend. I’ve got a few questions before they get started with this stage to ensure it lasts as long as possible. I will ask them too but I know...
  2. C

    Workbench frame supported by block on flat on interior garage/retaining wall. DPM or Breathable?

    I have recently purchased a new property and I am looking at converting the detached garage into a workshop. The garage sits at the bottom of a reasonably steep slope leading up to the house and the rear garage wall doubles up as a retaining wall for the garden behind it. In order to reinforce...
  3. E

    Water proofing concrete blocks

    Hi everyone. I'm building a concrete block retaining wall using 140mm x 215mm x 440mm blocks (see model below). The plan is to render the blocks however the return highlighted on the left hand side of the image runs by the boundary fence. I haven't drawn the fence in the model which is why you...
  4. JustAnotherJane

    Adding a section to join retaining walls

    We're joining up the 2 halves of our front sloping garden that has a path down the middle. There is a retaining wall for each section that we now want to link up. (the breeze blocks are fronted by stone which we're hoping to match up). It comes to about 70cm high and we're hoping to use the...
  5. D

    Retaining wall in garden

    Hi, I'm after some comments on my plan. I have had a retaining wall built in the garden, it is double skinned. Length is about 15m x 4m return with a depth of about 1m. It is there to level off a sloping garden. The spoil from the foundations has been levelled off and I've had a builder (he...
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    Is it normal for water to leak through retaining wall and into render?

    Hi all, I've had walls built in my garden and they've mostly now been rendered with K-rend. I've noticed that I can see water coming through the render - especially seems to be tracing the pattern of the mortar (see photos) Is this just part of the normal drying out process or is there...
  7. L

    how can we Support neighbouring patio and sun lounge as our footings are deeper

    Hello Everyone, I was hoping someone could advise. We have a semi detached property and my neighbour has a patio and sun lounge. We are building an extension but due the trees in her garden (which are less than 3 meters) structural engineers have asked to go for step footings (1.2, 1.7 & 2.1...
  8. HHHamster

    Summer House Floor Level Below Ground Level?

    Hi All, I'm planning to build a summer house at the end of my garden up to the boundary, with rough dimensions of 7.5m x 3.5m, flat warm roof. Plan to use the space all year round as an office though will also house gym equipment and therefore am looking to maximise the head height for over...
  9. Ashley1812

    Building up off retaining wall

    Good evening all, I’m after some advice if possible, we have built a retaining wall at the back of the garden. The neighbours garden behind us has a higher garden than ours which starts roughly in line with the top of the wall. My question is could we use this wall to build up off for a twin...
  10. E

    Drainage....can I do this?

    Hi everyone, Keen newbie here taking on a garden project. I'm building a small retaining wall and a patio. Thinking about drainage I'm going to run slotted flexible pipe by the wall and now thinking about where to put the water. There is a storm drain inspection chamber with lots of spare...
  11. G

    Earth bank not stable - backs onto council tennis court.

    Across the back end of my sons flat garden there is a 5ft earth bank drop leading onto a mud path and tennis courts. The earth bank has become soft at the top and will not hold a boundary fence, so we had a strong fence 4" posts 3ft deep built about 18" inside the boundary. The council have...
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    Repair or replace retaining wall

    Having not long moved our to do list is pretty long and we’re trying to prioritise. A section of the retaining wall behind our house has quite a big crack. The garden does bank up quite a bit behind it so there is a lot of pressure. As you can see from the photos there is drainage but unlike...
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    DPM for 1ft engineering brick retaining wall?

    Hi guys, I’m building a single skin, 4 courses solid engineering brick retaining wall to retain a small garden lawn. I’ve left weep holes every 2nd brick at ground level and will backfill with 10mm pea gravel, but wanted thoughts on whether a polythene membrane should be put along the side of...
  14. R

    Check my spec: 5' post and plank retaining wall

    Hi folks, I've done a bit of homework and have designed a retaining wall for our home, and thought I'd post the design here for constructive critique. Any feedback most welcome. The house is set back up on a slope, with a mostly flat 15m long front garden which then slopes down to a space full...
  15. B

    Retaining wall

    Hi guys, I have a retaining wall in my back garden that separates two sections of the patio. The brick on the retaining wall is badly stained with fungal growth - see picture attached. What would be the best way to remove this? I also think the wall is fairly ugly and would welcome any...
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    Recommended Backfill for retaining wall

    Hi, My garden has a steep slope in parts, including an area where the previous owner has dug out soil to fit a large greenhouse, moving the soil elsewhere. This left a 2m high steep slope that I want to terrace with 1m high walls to secure the level above and gain some use of the area. The...
  17. M

    Laying decking on an old raised patio

    We have a very tired and uneven raised patio of approx 40m2 in our garden that goes from the kitchen down to a retaining wall with steps. Initially we planned to install a new patio including the rebuilding of the retaining wall as it has sunk a inch or two on one side. Not including the...
  18. T

    Garden drainage upgrade

    I have recently build a large retaining wall in my back garden. The is drainage behind the wall that leads out through a perforated pipe in the bottom corner of my wall. I am laying a patio at the lower side of the wall and currently sorting out the drainage. My two options are to bury 2 or 3m...
  19. T

    Rear Extension Query

    We are considering adding a timber frame extension at the back of our house, which would fill what is currently an "alley" between the back wall and a raised patio (image below is midway through some landscaping we had done last year): I have scoured these forums and others to see if what I...
  20. Welshii90

    Retaining wall extension

    Me and my partner have moved into our first home during the pandemic. Our garden is built on a slope with the house being at the lowest. Outside the back door is a concrete area that has a cinder block retaining wall with step to the side leading up to the rest of the garden. I am looking at...
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