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Garden walls are a more substantial alternative to fencing – often chosen to provide a bit more perimeter privacy, support outdoor structures or to complete your grand garden designs. Find an experienced bricklayer, and they’ll be able to build you a garden wall that fits the style of your home and slots seamlessly into your garden.

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Bristol House Extensions is a family owned business. Our workforce is fully qualified and experienced at working in domestic and commercial properties and carries out work for our customer, customer satisfaction is our main priority.

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Reviewed by Joanne on 19/10/2020

Extremely friendly, informative and helpful. Reliable and prompt service. Did what they said when they said. Did a very good job and for the price they quoted. Excellent communication, which is hard to get these days! Would definitely recommend them to others, and will use them again in future.

We are a well established building company based in Lincoln covering most of the U.K. We specialise in providing a very high standard of workmanship with a finish you can call home. We are a well established building company, with a growing number of repeatable clients. We are fully insured, experienced and qualified with all the work we undertake to ensure of finish product is at its best standard.

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Reviewed by Gini on 28/7/2020

Chris and the team built a 4.4m by 6m extension to our property, a summerhouse, moved a large spa housing, laid patio areas, installed fencing, trellising and arch, and prepared our garden for turfing during the pandemic. Despite the challenges of social distancing, ability to hire equipment and obtain materials, Chris kept us informed at all stages of the build. Workmanship and build quality is fantastic! We have had them back to install additional fencing and would not hesitate in recommending Chris !

Keystone Builders Sw is your local bricklayer offering high quality work and also a specialist in stonework. At Keystone Builders Sw - We pride ourselves on our commitment to provide a professional and speedy service at all times, whilst maintaining the highest quality of work. We have a proven track record of innovative designs, effective problem solving and attention to detail and our goal is to meet and exceed the expectations of every customer. We take on all types of jobs from small domestic work to larger projects, all carried out to the highest standards, and at very competitive prices.

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Reviewed by ALISON on 17/4/2020

Polite, very communicative, helpful and willing to answer any questions that we had. He even gave us some advice on some damp in our conservatory and helped to move the neighbour's woodstore into place. Dan did the work during the Coronavirus lock down period as we were concerned that the wall was falling down. He was very careful about distancing and avoiding any contamination when he used that outside tap etc. We were happy with everything and definitely would recommend him.

Hi I’m Craig, I have 10 years experience in stonmasonry and have a NVQ level 3 in fixer and banker masonry. Also recently qualified site supervisor. I have experience in stonework, brickwork, tiling (natural stone and ceramic) and pointing.

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Reviewed by Shazad on 29/9/2020

It took a while for them to start the works, finished a lot sooner than expected and scoffolding came down not long after. Once the job had been completed, it looks great and very pleased with the outcome. They still have holes to fill in where scaffolding was attached to, they did say they will return to fill holes but yet to see them return, it has been around four weeks since scaffolding came down. Apart from that, overall happy with workmanship

L.S.J Brickwork Contractors are masonry specialists who undertake all aspects of bricklaying and stonework. I am a sole trader and have a small friendly team who offer a polite professional service. We are qualified, competent, time served tradesman who all have up to date C.S.C.S health and safety cards. Unthought predominantly we are brickwork company we also offer some building services including ,super structures,foundations, footings, block and beam sub floors, structural alterations and R.S.J installations. For our masonry services we offer, brickwork , all types of stonework, blockwork, re pointing including with lime mortar, extensions, new builds, garden walls, garages, bin stalls, conservatory and orangery bases, summer houses, chimneys rebuilt and re pointed, retaining walls general brickwork repairs , specialist cleaning and restoration works. If you are a developer, builder or homeowner who requires advice or a no obligation quotation for any of the services offered L.S.J Brickwork can help. We cover all areas in Worcestershire,Warwickshire,Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire.

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Reviewed by Pamela on 26/9/2020

Very high standard in every respect.

Working with our customers to create their ideas into reality!

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Reviewed by Susan on 3/7/2020

Hard working professional team. Job well done .

At Ernest D3sign5, we pride ourselves in being unique and specilaise in delivering excellence in everything we do. On and away from this site, we are well known for being honest, genuine, professional, conscientious, quality-driven, friendly, kind, considerate, prompt, panctual, polite, helpful, thoughtful, agreeable, efficient, versatile, hardworking, resourceful, knowledgeable, going an extra mile, tidy and more. To find out more about the good things satisfied customers say about us, check our ratings and reviews for projects successfully delivered in Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and outer London. We always aim to deliver the highest possible quality of output within the time and budget that suits your specific needs by utilising a unique blend of skills and experience of our dedicated, friendly and customer focused team.

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Reviewed by Kim on 29/9/2020

Great friendly service

BSW Construction are willing to help in any way needed, there is no job too small, if you need any guidance we are happy to help, free quotes and we will not leave a job till the customer is happy, phone is always on, call us today, thank you and kind regards Ben

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Reviewed by Sam on 16/9/2020

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As a Stonemason for more than 20 years I have specialised in the restoration and conservation of historic/period properties, churches and buildings. In 2010 I established my own Ltd company bringing my skills to the domestic market.

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Reviewed by Rita on 5/6/2020

Good professional assessment of problem, came up with list of options, gave a price and start date. Came on time, carried out work competently and cleared up well. Coped with family and pets! We would happily contact him if we had further jobs suitable for his skill set

Our company is a family business run by 6 people. We’ve started working in the landscaping business 6 years ago and we are focused in hard landscaping and we always aim to deliver the best service that we possibly can.

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Reviewed by Buki on 20/10/2020

George and his team were amazing. The work the did for us was of an incredibly high standard. They were polite, friendly and professional at all times, and were extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The pricing was very competitive, and the entire experience was an absolute pleasure. The garden has a new lease of life and we are very happy customers! We would definitely use their services again and have already recommended them to others.

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Garden Wall specialists - what you need to know

Garden walls add a touch of panache to your outdoor space. But they’re there to do more than just elevate your garden design.

There are many reasons why you might need to build a garden wall. Often garden walls are selected over alternatives like fencing because they provide a solid base to fix another structure on (or to). Garden walls can be used to support fencing and pergolas, suspend bulky items like planters, and shallow walls can be used to support decking too. A solid brick wall can also act as a retainer, holding soil and earth in place – particularly handy if your garden has a steep slope or bank.

But garden walls can help to solve other issues. For example, their robust brick construction makes them ideal for reducing road noise. They can also provide an elegant privacy-boosting solution.

Whatever your reason for building a garden wall, find an expert, reliable bricklayer. They’ll ensure your brick boundary is structurally sound, and built to last.

Cost of garden wall building

Most garden wall building jobs will be priced per square metre. So, the price you pay will be influenced by the size of the wall you want to have constructed. Excluding materials (the bricks or stone you choose will affect the price significantly), expect to pay:

  • For a single-skin wall, anywhere from £200–£300 per sqm
  • For a double-skin wall, anywhere from £250–£400 per sqm

How to build a garden wall

The process to build a garden wall will differ depending on what purpose your wall needs to serve – whether it’s there to act as a retaining wall, or is simply intended to be a neat perimeter.

Your bricklayer will usually follow this five-step process:

  • Drawing up plans. Your bricklaying expert should begin by sketching out the design and size of your wall, so there’s no confusion about what you want (and what you’re paying for). Make sure any shrubs, plants, other garden features, and (crucially) electrical cables and water pipes are included, so there are no shocks as the ground is dug for the next phase – foundations. A single-skin wall often won’t provide enough solidity, so most bricklayers will recommend building a wall that’s double skin (two bricks wide).
  • Laying foundations. Even shallow garden walls need a solid base to sit on. Your tradesperson will be able to advise on the depth of the foundations you need for your wall. Usually, they’ll dig a trench around 300-mm deep, pouring concrete to the required level and tamping it down to form an even, flat surface when it dries.
  • Preparation for laying. Your bricklayer will then set out a string line to ensure blocks and bricks are laid neatly. At this stage they’ll mix up mortar – typically six parts sand, one part cement and one part hydrated lime, with mortar plasticiser added to the water.
  • Laying blockwork. Then it’s time to lay the blocks or bricks. Beginning at one end, your bricklayer will spread the mortar along the string line, around 12–15 mm in depth. Once the first brick is laid in place, it’ll be gently tapped down, compressing the mortar to a 10-mm depth. The next brick should be laid with around a 10-mm gap. To give the blockwork that classic overlapping pattern, the next row (or course) begins with a half brick, so each new complete brick straddles the joint on the row below.
  • Pointing. As the mortar sets, it can be neatly pointed in using a trowel. For a smart finish, your bricklayer should aim to smooth the mortar back to a few millimetres from the brick face. And, after clearing away any mess, that’s the job done.

Types of bricks for garden walls

  • Standard clay brick walls. These are the most common types of brick walls, and are the cheapest option too. You’ll have the choice of a range of bricks – in different sizes, styles and colours. For something more authentic or rustic, you could consider reclaimed or second-hand bricks – just beware you can pay more for these bricks than new ones.
  • Natural stone walls. For a top-end finish, look no further than natural stone. Depending on how rugged you want your wall to look, you can opt from an undressed stone (which is essentially the raw stone that’s been dug from a quarry) through to a fully dressed stone – typically machine-cut into neat blocks. Natural stone walls are impressive, but you’ll pay premium prices for that premium style.
  • Dry and semi-dry stone walls. A genuine dry stone wall will be built without mortar, using stones which fit neatly together. Finding those jigsaw puzzle pieces can make dry stone walls expensive though, so another option (which might save time and material costs) is semi-dry stone walling. To the untrained eye, it appears to be a genuine dry-stone wall, but there’s mortar hidden between the joints to reinforce the structure.

The qualifications your garden wall building expert needs

Your garden wall builder won’t need to hold accreditations or formal qualifications, but an apprenticeship, diploma or some form of vocational training in bricklaying is helpful.

Beyond that, look for experience and evidence of previous garden wall building work they have completed. And ensure they’re able to provide a number of independent customer references.

Planning permission for garden wall building

Garden walls standing over one-metre tall and bordering a public road or pavement require planning permission. And the same goes for any garden wall over two metres in height. You can read more about planning permission for garden walls on the Planning Portal website.

Insurance for garden wall building assembly

Make sure your property and possessions are protected against any damage by asking your professional for proof of their public liability cover.

Questions you should ask your garden wall building expert

  • Will they be quoting by the size of the wall, or on a day-rate basis?
  • Can they supply bricks and materials?
  • Will a single-skin wall be sufficient, or will a double-skin wall be required?
  • Are they able to build natural stone walls as well as brick walls?

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