Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by Green Acres, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. Green Acres

    Green Acres LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 316

    A before and after of a new driveway and concrete stamped retaining wall we did.


  2. scagrider22

    scagrider22 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,272

    Looks ok for now, how long til it cracks? Should have used retaining wall block instead. The new shape of the drive is odd and a hazard, I hope nobody slides off the end!
  3. stuntmanlogan

    stuntmanlogan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 489

    Nice job and pics. Looks like those people are re doing the whole place as well.
  4. newjerseylandscaping

    newjerseylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,174

    Looks good, THats a clean wall. Is there some sort of barrier going on the edge?
  5. andyslawncare

    andyslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    why did you use stamped concrete? Most people only use wall blocks... Did you have the wall stamped by a registered Landscape Architect? That wall looks over 4'... how about drainage? there wall drainage?....this could haunt you if one of these answers is no. It looks nice though. How is the new driveway paved?

    It doesn't look like there is much slope in the first picture, why remove so much soil for a well drained-looking property? Why was the wall even built? Why not have just repaved the driveway? Did you sucker some suckers? I really think you got paid for work that didn't need to be done...I think the wall looks nice, but I don't understand why it was needed. Its a crappy house to stat, and probably in a crappy neighborhood, why would you spend money for this work on that lot? Foreclosure I assume....

    I hope you are insured either way that you built this wall. I have seen a lot of blow outs from walls... They are expensive to fix.
  6. 2brothersyardcare

    2brothersyardcare LawnSite Silver Member
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    im gona go ahead and say that there redoing the house
  7. Green Acres

    Green Acres LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 316

    The previous driveway was a lot steeper than it looks in the picture. You can see in the before picture on the right side how they was driving up the driveway. There is drainage pipe and gravel behind the wall that comes out on the side. The concrete drive on the back side is down a foot from the top of the wall to create a bumper for cars. The wall is 4 foot tall put by the time the homeowners back-fill along the front it will be only 3 feet. Which would mean they don't need any handrails. They are redoing the whole house. The drive is a lot smoother this way. I can take my F350 and pull it into the garage now and turn around where before I couldn't. Any other questions let me know.
  8. bobcat48

    bobcat48 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,176

    Very nice,it looks great nice job.
  9. eatonpcat

    eatonpcat LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,636

    How does it access the street?? It looks like it is running parallel to the street now!
  10. Green Acres

    Green Acres LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 316

    It's moved over to the side. Moving it took some of the steepness out. You can see where the previous owns made a gravel driveway in the pics. We just followed the way they was going up and down the drive.



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