Often retaining walls are situated on the boundary line of a property. This means that they are also in alignment with the boundary fence. This can create some interesting challenges to ensure that the you get the best possible solution. If you are considering a project in the Gold Coast, South Brisbane region I hope you find the following article of assistance.
Types of construction
The first step is the selection of wall and fence type. One of the most common solutions is a sleeper retaining wall, either timber or concrete sleeper with a timber or colour bond fence. Any combination of wall and fence will allow for both to be built inline with the boundary, saving space and providing the best structural solution. There are other options of retaining walls and fencing however they may not suit all situations or be practical at all when considering the construction of a retaining wall/fence combination in alignment with a boundary. Other options may take up too much room, not allow for the fence to be fitted properly or not be able to be constructed in a manner that is structurally sound.
Once the selection of construction method of the wall and fence has been selected there are further considerations in relation to approvals, certification and council requirements. Such considerations would include things like; is the retaining wall/fence combination going to exceed the minimum height that is required for a relaxation; will the retaining wall/fence combination cross a sewer or stormwater line; will the height of the retaining wall exceed one metre. If the wall exceeds one metre in height it will require an engineers design. The design will need to comply with the relevant Australian Standards. All of these potential issues can and should be addressed by you contractor.
Choosing a contractor
Choosing your contractor may be the most difficult part of your project. The outcome of your project will depend on their experience and capabilities. Your contractor should:- be licensed correctly with QBCC, any retaining wall over 1 metre in height will require that the contractor hold a Builder Restricted to Structural Landscape license. -Should be able to provide references from recent clients. -Be able to demonstrate that they have the knowledge about various methods of construction to ensure you endupwiththebestpossible outcome. -Be able to engage an engineer/certifier on your behalf and deal with all relevant approvals. – Be able to produce all relevant insurances, especially in relation to subcontractors and working adjacent to roads. You/your insurance may be held responsible if you engage a contractor who does not have the relevant insurance and there is an accident. -Maybe the most important thing to consider is to make sure that you feel comfortable with your choice of contractor. -Care about your landscape project more than you do.
Many of the larger companies provide a one size fits all solution to your landscaping project. Their main point of difference is that they can build your retaining wall/fence “cheaply”. They only use/sell one method of construction and will contract out your work to anyone they can get to do it for the “right price”. The salesman you dealt with initially takes no further part in you project. This usually means that you end up with an inferior final product that could have been avoided if you had the correct contractor to begin with. Sometimes the little bit extra it costs to deal with someone who cares about your project and will ensure you get the best possible outcome will be the best money you spend on the whole job.
The owner of Bluestone Landscaping has been building retaining walls/fences and landscaping on the Gold coast for the past twenty five years. We at Bluestone Landscaping would love to have the opportunity to provide a quotation for your project. Let us take the hassle out of your retaining wall/fence project. We can provide you with the best solutions, deal with all the engineering and approval requirements and we are fully licensed and insured.
Thank you if you have managed to read this far, I hope that you have found some value in this article. We would love to hear from you if you require and further assistance/quotation for your retaining wall/fence project.