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Retaining wall with fence




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.

Retaining Walls as Fences

If you live in an area where the terrain is not smooth and flat, which is the majority of the country, there are several things that you can consider in order to protect your land. Not only do you want to prevent the soil from erosion, you are likely to want to implement some type of privacy measures as well. One way that many people like you have decided to do this is by using retaining walls as fences. This allows you to accomplish both tasks in one project.

There are a lot of questions that you will need to answer before you begin. First of all, you will need to determine the area that you are wishing to block. Is it just one edge of your property, or do you wish to install the retaining wall at more than one? Perhaps you are only interested in using it for a portion of the border because there is already something else in place.

If you have not had the land surveyed in recent years, you need to do so prior to beginning your project. Using retaining walls as fences requires a great investment in time and money. Not only that, it should be a permanent structure. Making sure that you have it laid out in the exact location is belongs is important. Even a few inches over on the property line could become problematic years down the road. For instance, if your neighbor sells their home and the new one has a survey done that determines any portion of your retaining wall structure is on their property. The new owner could demand that you remove it, and you would be legally obliged.

When you are looking at using retaining walls as fences, you have a lot of options when it comes to design and style. You are not limited to ugly concrete cinder blocks. Explore the materials that fall within your price range to see what you may want to do. Since this is a structure that will be visible, you want it to be as attractive as possible.

It should work with your landscape and any buildings that are on the property. If you have gardens, trees or anything else on the land, think about how these things will influence the appearance. You want the property to be aesthetically pleasing for you and others. Also, if there are trees near the borders, you will need to think about how the roots will grow in the coming decades. You do not want for the walls and roots to clash with each other at some point. This type of situation can cause tremendous headaches.

Consider what you will do at the top of the new structure. If you have issues regarding intruders or concerns about intruders, you will need to take that into account. Of course, different measures will need to be taken depending upon whether these are animals or people. Either way, remember that security is one of the essential reasons that people build fencing around their property.

As you are selecting your supplies and gathering information, you should also consider the ground and waterways beneath it. The various components of your soil can influence which type of materials will work best when creating a retaining wall. If there are underground water paths, which is very common, you need to make sure you do not disrupt these with your construction efforts. Otherwise, you may end up with problems that you have not even considered. Of course, the water would need to be fairly close to the surface for this to happen but, there are plenty of places on the coast where this is the case.

Talk to others in your area to find out about their experiences as well. They may be able to offer you advice that can assist you in making smart choices. This could be local contractors or older members of the community who have seen a great deal of construction during their lives. The more you know going in to the project, the easier it will be for you to make smart choices that provide you with a secure fence.

How To Choose A Gold Coast Fencing Contractor

There are so many fencing contractors available today that sometimes it can be difficult to choose the right fencing contractor. However, it also has its own benefits. It means that you can get an excellent fencing contractor at the right price. The best way to begin your search for the right contractor is to interview contractors and find out about their experience and previous work along with other details.

Ask for Estimates

One of the things you need to keep in mind is that different contractors have different ways of giving estimates. There are usually two ways in which the estimates are given by the fencing contractors. Some of the contractors will drive to the site and offer an estimate only after looking at the project.

On the other hand, some other contractors will just give you an estimate on the basis of information provided by you such as length of fence and the type of work you want to get done. Both of these approaches have their own advantages and disadvantages.

The biggest advantage of an on-site estimate is that you get to meet the contractor. Also, when you meet the contractor, it gives you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the project. This is also one of the best ways to get to know the person.

Types of Contractors

You should also ask the contractor about how they are going to install the fence. There are many types of fencing contractors. For instance, there are some companies that sub contract their work, some of the companies have in-house employees and there are some companies where the owner installs the fence.

All of these three types have their own advantages and disadvantages. The subcontractors have the advantage of finding the best available installers at a lower cost as they do not need to pay payroll taxes and have an exact idea of the labor cost. However, these companies rely on outside contractors and it may not be easy to schedule them. Also, insurance will be an issue with them.

On the other hand, in-house employees usually work better as they need to do excellent work to ensure repeat work and recommendations. However, you are most likely to find the best contractor in an owner who himself installs the fence.

Precautions to Take

Check the Licensing

It is important to check the licensing of the fencing contractor. Do make it a point to ask the contractor for a copy of the license and verify the license.

Check Insurance

Insurance is very important. You need to ensure that you see their insurance papers before awarding the project. Do not just rely on the contractor saying that they have insurance. See it for yourself.

Check Portfolio

Insist on taking a look at the previous work done by the fencing contractor. Most of the professionals will be happy to show you their previous work.

These are some of the tips and precautions that you need to keep in mind before hiring a fencing contractor. You are going to spend quite a bit of money and these tips will help you find the best fencing contractor available, at the right price.

Gold Coast Fences and Retaining Walls

Building a retaining wall with a fence attached can be a tricky project.
What type of wall?
What type of fence?
Will the retaining wall require a council approval?
Will the combination of fence and retaining wall attract a relaxation?
These are all questions that need to be asked and answered before the project is started. Consider that there are many combinations of fence/retaining wall constructions. Not all are suited to every situation and all should be considered. If you are considering such a project make sure your contractor can quote more than one option i.e:-

-timber fence / concrete sleeper
-timber fence / timber sleeper
-colour bond fence / concrete sleeper
-colour bond fence / block wall
-powder coated aluminium / block wall
and so on.

Make sure the contractor you choose is licensed with the QBCC to perform the works. Make sure that the contractor is aware of the relevant legislation regarding the construction of fence/retaining wall constructions. If you do your homework you should end up with a successful project that will add value to your property for years to come.

Finding A Reputable Gold Coast Landscape Contractor

There a plenty of people out there who are present themselves as landscapers, however potential customers need to be aware not all is as it seems. So how can you tell if you are engaging the services of a reputable contractor or some “fly by nighter”, who will change their phone number once your job is finished.
1.Check their BSA trade license. Make sure the license is for the correct trade i.e structural landscaping. Make sure the name on the card matches the name of the company / individual you are dealing with. Make sure you get a signed contract for the work to be carried out.
2.Ask for trade references and check them out. View the contractors previous projects.
3.Don’t fall for the cheapest price. Call for more than one quote and compare the description of works and price quoted. ASK QUESTIONS!