When Should A Retaining Wall Be Considered?
Create Useable Land For Your Design
In some cases, a retaining wall is required to level the area if you have a sloping yard. Creating level terraces using walls has been done for centuries. Making a useable landscape design is far easier when working with a flat surface. Even a minor slope can limit your design options – but a minor slope would only require a small retaining wall. Many customers are unaware of grading issues when it comes to landscape design. One of the biggest advantages of meeting with our designer in-home is that we can identify potential grading problems and show you how to spot them.
Retaining walls can be designed so the home-owner can install a flower bed that holds back soil and mulch. Retaining walls offer a great solution to separate adjoining areas like entrances and driveways. Retaining walls are a great design choice that defines boundaries, add style and provide amazing extra seating that your guests will love when visiting your newly renovated yard.
Combat Erosion & Manage Water
Eroding soil can destroy a landscape design. By decreasing the slope of the property, using a physical structure and by installing proper drainage erosion can be prevented. A&Z Interlock can provide valuable experience when it comes to advising and constructing home-owners when retaining walls are necessary.
Does A Retaining Wall Require A Permit In Ottawa?
A&Z Interlock customers can rest assured knowing that we take care of any necessary permits and applications before starting a project. Any retaining wall above 1.2 metres (3.9 feet) require a permit be obtained. Our work is inspected by a civil engineer who certifies the safety of the wall. In landscape designs that have terraces, a permit is not required as long as the distance between each level is twice as long as the height.
How Do You Build A Retaining Wall?
Excavate & Prepare The Base Layer
Our construction crew outlines the area where your retaining wall is going to be built. Depending on the size of your wall, we excavate a depth of anywhere from 6 to 12 inches. We fill the excavated area with crushed stone and compact it to the desired compression. This gives us an even foundation to build on top of.
Construct The Wall
Now that we have a solid foundation we can start building. We place each stone individually and are continually checking if the wall is level. A small problem with uneven layers only gets worse as the wall grows. We choose stones that fit in an aesthetic way kind of like how one would match tiles when laying an indoor floor.
Install The Coping
Coping is the decorative finishing layer of bricks that goes on the top of your retaining wall. to save money and to increase structure, interior bricks are designed differently since they won’t ever be seen. The caps of the retaining wall add style and match the rest of your landscape design.
Depending on the size, an inspection of the wall is scheduled to ensure it is structurally sound and safe. Once completed we can install other elements like decorative borders, adjacent interlock patio, sod, or gardens.
Retaining Walls We Built In Ottawa
Most client designs focus is on knee walls for gardens and raised terraces to work with grading issues. We do have some very interesting and impressive walls build from armour stone.
Free In-Home Landscape Design Consultation
Set an appointment with one of our landscape designers and tell them your vision for your landscape project. Or let them share their years of experience and help you make the best decisions for your space, style, and budget.
Great landscape designs change over time. Meeting you is an opportunity for our team to better understand your needs and expectations.
We really look forward to meeting you and hearing you and hearing what you had in mind in your outdoor living space.
A great design should suit your style and personality. By meeting our designer can better understand the goals of your yard. Are you trying to keep a low maintenance are or create harmony between indoor & outdoor space?
Landscaping estimates are calculated using square footage of the yard. It is very important the measurements are precise and accurate to deliver better designs and value to our customers.
Not sure if your yard is big enough for a radial interlock patio? Got questions on how to extend your budget to include a luxury feature. Our years of experience and product knowledge helps our clients get the outdoor living space they are dreaming of.
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A&Z Interlock provides professional landscape construction and design services to residential homeowners in the Ottawa Ontario area. Watch your home transformed as we turn your yard into the patio you always dreamed of. Since 2005 Ottawa landscaping clients have been delighted with our service, warranty, and after-sales care.
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