How would you handle this corner? (hardscaping)

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Dave88LX, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. Dave88LX

    Dave88LX LawnSite Member
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    I'm not sure if I should do the retaining wall stone (this stuff: http://q-creteonline.com/1_20Retaining_20Wall_jpg.jpg, perhaps something a little fancier) level, and step down as I get down the slope, or try and do it approx parallel to the slope of the driveway and the walkway. Also to take into account ~1 foot back from the driveway is going to be a 4' picket fence, up against the house, going across the walkway, and headed towards the street. There is going to be a gate in the walkway, so that needs to be taken into consideration too. I think it will look bad if I just leave it driveway and concrete edging as-is. Plus all the dirt washes out of there into the driveway.

    Ideas? Thanks so much.



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  2. Dave88LX

    Dave88LX LawnSite Member
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    Another option is to dig the dirt down below grade and fill it with some type of stone. Probably the simplest and cheapest.
     
  3. Dave88LX

    Dave88LX LawnSite Member
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    I thought I had it figured out, but I'm even worse off now. :(


    Maybe a little overloaded.
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    Here's where I am screwed and don't know what to do. My original plan was to 'step' the ground and build the wall this way, since the ground has such a slope. It's probably weird using retaining wall stones in this application, maybe that's where I went wrong. They were cheap, so I used them. So, go to lay the next course, and of course it is offset 1 inch to the rear. It would look silly if I continued this way. Another option is to just build the entire wall up from the lowest point, but then I would have 3-4 courses buried, and it would create a large 'V' between the sidewalk and the wall that would just fill up with dirt etc. Last option is to run them parallel with the walkway and driveway, as opposed to running them level and stepped like I am now. Ideas?

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    The bottom closest block is 4" lower.
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  4. Gilmore.Landscaping

    Gilmore.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
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    First... Why at night??

    And yes you should have started with the bottom. That stones os going to create those stupid spaces against the sidewalk where weeds/dirst are going to collect. Should have spen;t the money on using a square block. Also I would build right to the corner point. Just square off the corner and fill in the triangle part with river rock or something.
     
  5. Dave88LX

    Dave88LX LawnSite Member
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    Why at night...regular job, only time I seem to be able to get anything done around here. :(

    I was afraid you were going to say that with the square block (no lip). These were $1.80/ea. I was really hoping to keep the cost down since I'm not going to be in this house forever.

    In hindsight I should have started at the the bottom, and measured down from a level string to where I want the top course to land in relation to the step...yes?
     
  6. Dave88LX

    Dave88LX LawnSite Member
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    Couple other pictures; I'm sure you already understand though.

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  7. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
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    ' not going to overlap the joints?

    There are so many ways to layout a way to retain that corner, so many different materials that you choose to do it with, and so many options to not retain it. What are you gaining by doing what you are doing?

    Are you solving a problem? are you trying to make it look better?

    Is it working?
     
  8. Dave88LX

    Dave88LX LawnSite Member
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    Am going to overlap the joints; was just trying to set the height there.

    My goal is to do something aesthetically pleasing with the corner. I don't necessarily have much to retain behind it.

    No it's not working yet.
     
  9. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Not to sound like a dick or anything but right now your best bet is to take you block and spoil, put in the backyard for right now and do some more research.

    I'm not a hardscaper, by trade but I'm a big enough fan of it LOL. But coming from a design point don't go all the way to the corner. Either put in a right angle corner and one obtuse angle or make a sweeping curve with it. Fill the tringle between the sidewalk and the bed with either a spardust or a river rock.
     
  10. Dave88LX

    Dave88LX LawnSite Member
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    This was the plan here! I'm going to have to knock the lip off or get new stone. I think I'm going to start by trying to knock the lip off.
     

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