funky retaining wall...see photos

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by DowntoEarthLLC, Jun 9, 2004.

  1. DowntoEarthLLC

    DowntoEarthLLC LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Messages: 121

    So how would you guys do this... Customer has taller driveway, his driveway spills dirt all over his neighbors pretty new driveway. So he wants a retaining wall.

    If this was just a wall on a hill I wouldn't hesitate about doing it. But there are concerns about the driveway dirt eventually eroding away from underneath it. Should a french drain type of trench be installed under the wall? As well as plenty of drain pipe behind the wall.

    The area is about 45 feet long. Front is about 3 feet wide. Rear area is about 2 feet.

    Don't know. Thats why I love lawnsite.

    See photos.

    oh yeah... the property line is down the middle of that strip. So by the front of the driveway there would be some room to work with, but at the rear, things get pretty tight.

    Rex Mann, you the Man at this Hardscape stuff. Where you @

  2. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    No, just build the wall on the right side of that trench. That's simple.

    Oh, I see that the property line goes down the middle. Just do the wall down the middle and provide a good solid base. You'll be fine.
  3. DowntoEarthLLC

    DowntoEarthLLC LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Messages: 121

    no worries about drainage?
  4. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    Well, what kind of wall? Dry stack? Or something with mortar or whatnot?
  5. o-so-n-so

    o-so-n-so LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 1,218

    Would look good if both owners went together and made a wall with slow curves. The owner to the left would maintain plants on the top grade, the owner down hill could maintain plants on his grade.

    Everything to straight. Curved wall would add to the look.......................Just a thought.

    If i went straight. I would go all the way back to upper pad..... or..... put the face of the retainer even with the end of the pad on the lower side and back fill to top grade.
  6. Rex Mann

    Rex Mann LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 621

    What is the difference in elevation between the two driveways?



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  7. Ice_Gargoylle

    Ice_Gargoylle LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 60

    i tell ya what, i would use railroad ties. not alot of room to work with for one. block will take some space int here, basically cutting 1/3 of that away instantly at best. everything under that concrete pad is compacted rock, aint gonna move on ya so you could get away with 3' deadmen spaced at 6-8' with some rebar for good it wont waste a bumper like block would.
  8. Acute Cut

    Acute Cut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 980

    wow. I was inclined to go with the first replies on this one, but so n so really has a good idea here. You might want to approach them on it. It shows class vs just a great job in my opinion. Man, wish i had thought of that so n so.
  9. landscapingpoolguy

    landscapingpoolguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 822

    Seems pretty standard to me. You could start the wall right up against the lower use somesort of pin system keystone with no batter....will have to get neighbors permission to do this job way you could do it and not infringe on there property line....seems pretty standard id say less then 3 ft in hieght too

  10. DowntoEarthLLC

    DowntoEarthLLC LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Messages: 121

    2' 3" in the front.

    1' 10" in the rear.

    So If I was to build this wall right up next to the neighbors lower driveway, shouldn't the neighbors be paying for this wall?

    The customer really wants to use retaining wall type of stone because his neighbor just spent like 7 grand on a nice patio/wall in the back of the house. So my guy wants to make this wall match his neighbors landscape / style.


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