AJB Landscaping & Fence

Wood & Metal Fences • Decks & Patios • Pavers & Retaining Walls • Olympia & Tacoma

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Tiered Retaining Wall on Lake Lawrence Near Yelm

This massive, 4-tier retaining wall includes an integrated stairway, landscaping and a paver patio above the top tier.This massive, 4-tier retaining wall includes an integrated stairway, landscaping and a paver patio above the top tier.

Massive Retaining Wall Replaces Dated Rock Garden with a Striking, Refined Look

We are very proud to present this multi-tiered retaining wall project we created for the Nylund family on Lake Lawrence, south of Yelm, Washington. The wall is built with Western Interlock Chateau block in a random pattern. This comprehensive project also included building new decks and stairways with composite decking material on either side of the home, new sod below retaining wall, rerouting of the irrigation waterline, creating a new drainage system, and installing a paver patio above the top tier of the retaining wall. In addition (not pictured here), we regraded their driveway and added new rock features to the front of the home.

The old rock wall (shown in the "before and after" gallery pictures below) was steadily deteriorating over time due to poor installation and inadequate drainage. The Nylands also preferred a more modern look, and wanted a clean, safe environment for their grandchildren to play in when they visit.

Before we could build the new retaining wall system, we had to remove the old rock wall, stone by stone. Then, to prep the foundation and rough in the tiers, we brought in a CAT excavator. Finishing the foundation required old-fashioned wheelbarrows and shovels. It is critical when building retaining wall that each tier is perfectly level, both side to side and front to back; otherwise, any imbalance will amplify as each course of stones is added to the wall.

Once the tiers were prepped, we then carefully excavated for the for stone stairway. This had to be meticulously planned so that it would end up level at the top of yard to match the height of the paver patio.

To secure the wall to the hillside and ensure long-term structural integrity, we installed a special mesh fabric every 16" of height that connects to the blocks and is held in place as the wall is backfilled. As we installed the blocks, we tied them together with a concrete adhesive for maximum stability. 

The Nylands chose us for this big project not because we were the cheapest: In fact, our bid was substantially higher than the lowest bid. They chose us because they wanted a top-notch final product, and based on our online reviews, word-of-mouth referrals and years of experience building retaining walls and landscaping systems, they were confident AJB Services was the right choice. We made sure not to disappoint them.


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