retaining wall design and construction deep creek lake

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We build all types of retaining walls for your landscape. Below you will see some different wall types and some photographic examples from past projects. We can build with natural stone, segmental retaining wall (SRW) block products or even traditional CMU block and mortar walls with a stone or cultured stone veneer. If you need a wall, we do it all.

Natural Stone Dry Retaining Walls.

For thousands of years man has been building with Natural Stone. It is the most time tested method in existence for building a wall. The trick is to take your time and do it properly.  I started working on these dry-stack walls when I was about 15 years old with my father. The first one I helped build still stands at the Moulton Residence on the right past the Sandy Beach sign on Stockslager Road. There is no comparison (visually) between one of my natural stone walls and a competing concrete block wall. These walls run $60-100 per face square foot (height x length) depending on the ease of access. The terrain, how close I can get a dump truck and the wall size (quantity) will determine the final cost. Another important thing to consider is wall height. I don’t build them any higher than 60 inches tall (5 feet). As it turns out, most residential walls in Garrett County don’t exceed this height. Go Natural! You will be glad that you did.

See A Natural Stone Wall Under Construction

Segmental Block Retaining Walls

Segmental Retaining Wall (SRW) block erupted on the scene in the early 1990’s at Deep Creek Lake and in Garrett County, Maryland.   Most of my competing bidders will call the stuff “versa-lok” as an umbrella term.  However, there are many different brands and types of SRW block.  In Garrett County the versa-lok product is by far the most popular due to its local availability at O.C. Cluss Lumber in Oakland.

Given my tendancy to be different and have my projects “stand out”, I frequently recommend other brands if the project is large enough to warrant the trucking.  For example,  I love the Pavestone Anchor Highland Wall.   The Pavestone block product is manufactured in Hagerstown, MD.   These blocks are slightly more rough looking which I like.  Another characteristic of the Pavestone block is the molded concrete lip on the back of the block.  This saves a little bit of mula because you don’t need to use plastic pins (like versa-lok).

There are also popular SRW products from Belgard, Techo-Bloc, Unilock and Rosetta.  $30-$45 per face square foot will get you in the right mindset (ballpark) when planning a SRW wall.  Keep in mind that specialty 3-piece products like Versa-Lok Mosaic and Rosetta will cost more for the product.

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