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INDEPENDENT PROJECT: Retaining Wall Installation & Shrub Border Design BEFORE AFTER

Retaining Wall Installation

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Overview of the construction process for a retaining wall installed in the backyard of my parents' home. A planting design was also included, but not fully completed due to financial constrains.

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INDEPENDENT PROJECT: Retaining Wall Installation

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Shrub Border Design

BEFORE AFTER

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EXCAVATION Soil was leveled out and built up within boundaries of the proposed wall site

GRAVEL BASE A 6” trench was dug beneath proposed wall and filled with a gravel base

SAND LAYER A layer of sand 3” thick was leveled and compacted on top of the gravel base

BRICK LAY The wall was built up with an altering brick arrangement and cemented together with masonry adhesive

BACKFILL A layer of 6” gravel was also filled in on the backside of the wall to prevent frost heave from jeopardizing the wall’s integrity during the winter months

Construction Process

GOALS: • Eliminate erosion into neighbor’s yard • Create aesthetically-pleasing space that separates spaces

between property line • “Overbuild” to ensure durability and longevity

Materials Cost

   

   

                           

                               

Materials Quantity Unit Cost Total Cost ½ ton load of Gravel 3 $18 $54.00  ½ ton load of Sand 1 $18 $18.00  Hand Tamper (Rental) 1 Day $7.99 $7.99  Level (Rental) 1 Day $5.99 $5.99  Masonry Caulk 5 $2.99 $14.95  Tan Landscape Block 156 $2.18 $340.08  Tan Landscape Finish Cap 45 $1.66 $74.70  3’x100’ Landscaping Fabric 1 $15.00 $15.00  

TOTAL $530.71

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DECK VIEW

NEIGHBOR’S VIEW (Optional Plantings)

‘Patriot’ hosta  

‘Autumn Joy’ sedum  

‘Angelina’  

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North Side Plantings Optional plantings and cascading groundcovers for the north side of the retaining wall include creeping phlox, salvia, and hosta varieties.  

‘Angelina’ sedum  

‘May Night’ salvia   ‘Smaragd’ arborvitae

 

Redoiser dogwood  

Feather reed grass  

   

 Common Name   Botanical Name   Quantity   Unit Cost   Total Cost  

Calamagrostis × acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'  

Feather reed grass   15 $12.95 $194.25

Cornus sericea Redoiser dogwood   3 $25.99 $77.97 Hosta ‘Patriot’ Varigated hosta   6 $9.95 $59.70 Salvia ‘May Night’ Salvia ‘May Night’   9 $7.99 $71.91 Sedum spectible ‘Autumn Joy’ ‘Autumn Joy’ sedum   6 $10.95 $65.70 Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ ‘Angelina’ sedum   30 $0.20 $6.00 Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd’   ‘Smaragd’ arbovitae   11 $29.99 $329.89 TOTALS   $805.41    

               

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Shrub Border Design