Garden Wall Designs And Ideas
Garden and Retaining Walls Don't just Look Nice, They Do Have a Purpose..
Garden walls can create a lovely focal point in any garden, but have you ever considered what else garden walls actually do and why they can be so expensive to build?
The most common reason some garden walls or retaining walls start to move, crack or even collaspe is because people don't consider how a garden / retaining wall should be built in the first place or the pressures and forces they need to withstand. Whether a wall is part of a landscaping project or part of a structure that has been built to retain part of a garden or even a house, if it isn't designed and built correctly then it won't be long before the 'cracks begin to show".
If you are considering building a garden wall make sure that the wall is structurally designed to do exaclty what is it supposed to do, otherwise it will cost you more in the long run to have it repaired. Some basic engineering calculations are generally all that is needed, but for some larger walls more indepth designs are required.
With our winter months getting wetter and colder year on year and the water in the ground freezing, garden walls need to be designed to retain more ground water and frost 'heave' than ever before.
Building regulations have become more a lot more strict over the years to ensure that the construction of any structure is adhered too other wise you will be liable should any thing go seriously wrong. Most people even over look the fact that your house insurance may well be void if you build something that does not comply the most up to date engieering and building regulations.
Like most things in life, let's be honest ... we all say ... 'it will never happen to us'... until it does, and then it's to late. It really isn't worth taking a risk or cutting corners when safety and costs are concerned !
Over the years we have built a variety of garden walls and features. We have also built some substantial retaining walls that not only have to cope with the ground pressures and forces that are imposed on to them but also under ground streams and drainage systems that are needed to prevent an additional build up of water behind a wall that in time would cause it to burst just like a water Dam.
There is nothing worse than paying to have a lovely garden wall feature built only to find in a few months time that it has subsided or having water bellow through it because of inadequate drainage behind.
Do the right thing and get the job done properly first and foremost. Take this simple but lovely looking front garden wall that we recently built in Cardiff for a customer. It looks nice and elegant but some extra thought was needed in it's design. Generally, whenever you build a structure alongside a pubilc foot path or highway the structure must comply with a certain engineering design to prevent is falling onto a member of the public. If it doesn't then you could be forced to take it down.
Some structures even have to be built to withstand the impact of a car at a certain speed. So you see there can be more to building a garden retaining wall than you think. If you would like more information or advice then Derwood homes and developements can help..
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