We might have already gotten some snow this season, but on those warmer days, we’re still squeezing in some hardscaping and masonry projects.
This project in particular was a wood retaining wall and a great upgrade before winter comes. She had a leaning retaining wall along her driveway made out of 6x6 timbers as well as an incorrect installation by a different hardscape contractor in the back. She needed us to correct both issues.
The first issue was the retaining wall along the driveway. We were able to tear it down in the matter of 10 minutes since it was rotten and ready to fall. We replaced it with a paver retaining wall and added a set of steps along the garage side to allow access around the house. We added drainage and matched the new wall system to the color and style to the blocks in the outdoor living space in the back. The pavers and walkway were a beautiful upgrade to the property!
In the back yard, the customer had hired a different contractor to install the outdoor living space. We found ourselves gluing down different blocks that hadn’t been previously done as well as ripping up large sections of wall that were not built to the manufacturer’s specifications. In this case the step to the patio was built at grade. We had to pull up about 15 ft of the wall that makes the step, to bury new block to create a footing that can counteract the effects of the frost heaving. In the end we reassembled the project and eliminated the tripping hazard. Her back patio is ready to be enjoyed come springtime!