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  1. Short retaining wall questions

    Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I am intending to build a short retaining wall, only 12" high, the height of one large cinder block. It will be close to the foundation with 12" of space between the back of the cinder block and the foundation wall. My questions are this: 1) Do I need to account for drainage with a pipe...
  2. backfill + concrete versus wood-frame for exterior stairway and landing

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, I am considering replacing an exterior stairway and landing at the front of my house (please see picture attached). The stairway is along the foundation of the house. Some contractors have suggested to backfill the landing and stairway with base rock, and then pour a concrete slab and...
  3. Raised Paver Patio

    Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hoping someone knowledgeable about paver patios can help with this one. I am building a 20 x 30 raised paver patio. The area I am putting in has a significant slope towards a pond. Rather than excavating the entire area to bring it level, I have decided to install a retaining wall, and back...
  4. How much gravel do I need to backfill the void behind my retaining wall?

    Building & Construction
    Here's the scenario: My backyard is mostly a hill that slopes down from my driveway. I want it to be level, so I'm planning to build a retaining wall at the bottom of the slope, and then backfill the void with gravel. My question is: how much gravel will I need for backfill, and...