Maximize Space in Your Custom Built Home

Building a custom home is a great experience. But sticking within your budget can be difficult. When figuring out how much your new home is going to cost, you usually have to think in terms of square footage. But there are ways to increase your square footage and still save. For example, building up by adding a second story on the house is less expensive than building out, because that’s less area that will need a foundation and roof coverage. I started this blog to help you find ways to get the space that you need in your custom home, without having to spend more than you can afford. Building my custom home was the best money I ever spent, and I’m happy to help you learn how to get the custom home you want.

A Guide To Repairing An Outdated Retaining Wall In Your Landscape


That outdated retaining wall you have in your landscape may have once served an important purpose, but with every passing year you see the wall lean just a bit further over toward the ground. You may start to question how in the world the wall is still standing if it is under that much pressure and is so unstable. Chances are, eventually, that old retaining wall will come down; it is just a matter of how long it can maintain a delicate balancing act. The best thing to do with a leaning retaining wall is to go ahead and repair it before the weight of one section compromises the integrity of the entire structure.

Remove Falling Blocks

This step in the process can prove to be the most challenging, as old retaining walls were often mortared together. This means that pulling one block can immediately cause problems with surrounding blocks, creating a domino effect that can be disastrous. Therefore, it is best to remove blocks from behind, at the backside of the wall, when possible, working from the top to the bottom. However, freeing the blocks from the rest of the wall before trying to remove them is detrimental. This can be time consuming, but will help ensure you do not create more work for yourself or get hurt in the process.

Creating a New Layout

The reason the wall starts to lean in the first place is because the ground is starting to expand and push against the backside of the structure. Therefore, it may be necessary to redesign this specific area of the retaining wall. If the dirt can be easily maneuvered back in place to recreate the same form, go ahead and tackle this. However, if there has been a substantial change, bringing the wall out in a slight curve may be the best option.

Installing New Retaining Wall Blocks

Modern retaining wall blocks boast an interlocking design that makes installation simple. Carve out a line for your base run of blocks just below the frost level of the ground to match the remaining wall. It may not be possible to find blocks that look exactly like what you already have in place, but with an array of styles, shapes, and color choices, you can get pretty close. Work your way up the wall, readjusting blocks to coincide with the rest of the structure until complete.

With a little hard work, repairing your existing retaining wall can be fairly easy to accomplish if you follow this guide to help you along the way. However, there are some walls that are beyond hope, such as those that are starting to crumble an deteriorate all the way around, and should be left to a professional, such as Quality Lawn & Landscape.


26 December 2014