The holidays are fast approaching, making it the perfect time to get stuck into those projects that you’ve been mentally adding to your list for a while. If there’s any project that’s worthwhile doing right now, it’s a pool upgrade. After all, you’ll be wanting to make the most out of your pool time this summer and for many summers to come. So, why not utilise some of that spare time to complete your dream pool retaining wall? Grab your shovel and some steel caps because the team at Ryno Hire is here to tell you how you can plan and build an easy retaining wall to surround your pool and add luxury to your home.
Go Pro or DIY?
While it may seem like a complex task building a retaining wall, considering the scale of the project, it’s actually not as challenging as it seems. DIY retaining walls are fairly straight forward, especially if you’ve had experience with marking up, pouring concrete, or laying concrete blocks. As far as construction projects go, building a retaining wall is a great first DIY project to take on if you’ve got a bit of construction or manual arts experience. It’s also a great project to get young people involved in to develop their knowledge and construction skills – get your teen to help out if they’ve got an interest in the industry. It can also help build up their practical skills!
With Ryno Hire around, you’re always capable of completing your landscaping and construction projects on your own. We don’t just give you top notch machinery for dry hire, but we support you with practical advice and instruction on getting the job done.
Why is Building a Retaining Wall Your Perfect Summer DIY Job?
Sure your pool area might be fine the way it is – it’s functional right? – but why not go the extra mile to really develop your exterior design? There are many advantages to upgrading your home, particularly the backyard. Afterall, it’s one of the main selling features of a home. If you’re looking at improving that resale value, then a pool upgrade is a must. Here’s some other reasons you might want to get stuck into a new retaining wall:
1) Aesthetics: No one can deny there is a certain aesthetic appeal that comes with retaining walls. Not only are they functional, but they have the ability to create space, add greenery or water features, and create visual appeal to your yard, instantly adding to your living experience with the added bonus of increasing your property’s value.
2) Manage Landscape Erosion: With gravity constantly working against your garden’s landscape, a retaining wall will prevent soils from moving, allowing your yard to remain intact for longer. This is an added bonus surrounding pools as the soil and leaves will be prevented from polluting the pool.
3) More Space: Choosing to construct a retaining wall will provide your backyard with more functional space, especially if you’ve got steeply sloped ground surrounding your pool. In this case, a retaining wall can help to create more level space that can be used for gardening and recreation.
Convinced you need a retaining wall to enclose part of your pool? Let’s get stuck into how you can go about building one.
Tips Before You Get Started
Know the Laws and Regulations
In Australia, each state has varying regulations for building retaining walls yourself. All states, however, require a structural engineer to assist with retaining walls over specific heights. In Queensland, it is a legal requirement to seek building approval if your intended retaining wall is going to be part of your pool fencing – so ensure you do talk to a certified builder or someone from your local government to confirm your plans and get a sign off on your project. Hold on to your permit for documentation purposes.
There’s also a few other regulations you need to look out for in QLD, in case your retaining wall is going to be located outside of your pool area. For example, if your retaining wall is going to be over one metre above the natural ground level or closer than 1.5 metres in proximity to another structure – like a building with another retaining wall or a boundary fence – then you will again need building approval. If your retaining wall meets none of the aforementioned criteria, you should be fine to get construction underway without a permit.