Native Stone Retainingwalls

This job was a lot of fun, and looked amazing when it was completed. It took a little longer than expected and more stone than we originally estimated. Part of that could have been that the homeowners liked it so much they added a longer wall to the project.

 

Eight tons of native stone and two pallets of concrete. One hundred and fifty blocks and one hundred and fifty bags of mortar later. The end result was low retaining wall about two hundred and forty feet long that wrapped almost all the way around the house.

The back of the house sits up against a small hill, and all of the water run off from the roof runs into a built up gravel bed that used to be held in place by landscape timbers. Over the years the timbers began to rot and break down. So the new native stone retaining wall should last longer and help with erosion control around the house. Unfortunately we didn’t get any pictures of the back.

 

 

 

 

One of the hardest parts was finding enough native stone to match the existing rock-work. After we found rock to closely match the stone that had been on the property for years the wall got longer. So it was back to the rock yard to try to find more rock with just the right coloration. The new inventory wasn’t as spot on with the existing stone, but we got it pretty close.

 

 

 

 

 

In the end the customer was vary happy and is glad to have the last big project for the property done.

Lake Front View

This is a gorgeous spot located on a little lake in Bella Vista, AR. The very steep grade of the backyard going down to the lake presented many challenges. The sidewalk leading down to the lake is so steep that you have to almost lean backward in order to walk down it. The homeowners were almost unable to use this entire area safely.

We can’t wait for the newly terraced areas to fill in with grass, and maybe sedum or other ground cover to add more color. On a happy note the homeowners now have a very nice sitting area and are able to safely bring their paddle boat to and from the lake.

graveled-slope  The entire backyard are was originaly all covered in gravel with only two retaining walls. You can see the first retaining wall up by the house.

 

 

 

Keystone Retaining wall systems The gravel below the original wall has all been cleared away. The first native stone walkway is in the process of being laid out.

 

 

 

1105161007Our first Native Stone retaining wall is starting to come together.

 

 

 

 

Native Stone Retaining Wall and Pathways  Both Native Stone walls in place with steps and a pathway.

 

 

 

 

Retaining Wall with block by KeystoneThe bottom retaining wall was raised. These blocks are a Keystone product. They are very durable and easy to assemble. We would recommend them for any similar projects, they will do their job for a very long time.

 

This is the Native Stone sitting area built into one of the walls. The perfect place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee, or just look at the lake.

 

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