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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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We at Green Man Gardens offer the highest standards within the industry, covering all aspects of tree surgery, landscaping and garden maintenance for an honest and affordable rate. With over 10 years experience, we take pride in our professional approach. Fully qualified and insured. VAT registered.

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Reviewed by Steve on 4/10/2020

Callum and his team done an excellent job of our garden clearance, and build of a new shed base. They are all very polite, courteous and hard working. Very professional team, cant recommend them highly enough.

Busby's Landscapes are the full package from the design table to the final finish. With a wealth of experience and knowledge of design, landscaping and maintenance, our craftsmen have been in the trade for over 15 years. Professional and friendly service.

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Reviewed by Ralph on 12/2/2018

Apart from under-estimating their time to do the job, Dwayne and Andy were the perfect contractors - they treated the job carefully, honestly and intelligently - which was to lay block paving to a rough surface to a private driveway and a 10 bay carpark, along with a drainage scheme - no easy project. We, the residents are very pleased with the final result and would definitely recommend Busby Landscapes for similar work..

Surrey Stone & Stucco is a specialist Restoration company. We can guarantee that with our experience, you can be assured of quality reliable workmanship. Our expertise covers: cleaning, repairing and the maintaining of all types of building facade.

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Reviewed by allan on 2/11/2015

Grant did a great job. He replaced and repaired damaged bricks in my kitchen wall and then repointed accordingly. Would highly recommend.

We are a family run business that offer all aspects of block paving and landscaping services including driveways, paths and modular paving to natural Indian sandstone patios. Also pressure cleaning services. All types of fencing supplied and installed, turfing supplied and laid. All types is landscaping work. We can offer inspiring ideas and individual designs to suit all types of buildings from traditional to modern, domestic and commercial. City & Guilds qualified.

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Reviewed by Kevin on 2/4/2021

Fantastic job, couldn't do enough to make sure the work was exactly as required and very helpful with suggestions and ideas, Very approachable pleasant and professional, would definitely recommend.

Hi my name is William I have been in the trade for over 17 years on my own before then I worked with my dad and Grandad I am a reliable and prompt company it is a family run business we do variety of property maintenance we specialise in hard landscaping and gardening work if you would like a friendly and polite persons complete work on a high standard please contact us many thanks William

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Reviewed by Daniel on 3/12/2020

Everything failed in the end. Bad Job.

An established and friendly business offering a fully comprehensive service to customers old and new. GHS offers customers a complete suite of services to improve and maintain their properties. GHS offers a full range of services including but not limited to the following. Electrical Installations and Maintanence. CCTV and security system design and installation. Home network Installations. Sound and Audio visual equipment installations. Home automation. External security lighting. Fire and Intruder alarm installation and servicing. Here at GHS we are proud of our past, as reflected in our perfect five rating here on Rated People, but at the same time we like to innovate and would be delighted to discuss your plans with you regardless of what they entail, as we are confident that we can assist in making your projects a reality. We pride ourselves on ensuring that our customers are happy with the delivery and finish of any project that we undertake, and we are fully insured to undertake all work that we accept a commission for. Here at GHS we ensure that all of our technicians are suitably qualified and experienced in any work that we undertake, and we undertake all of our work with a eye on customer satisfaction and value for money. So whatever you have in mind call us for an informal chat, and we will arrange a visit to discuss your requirements, in detail. Call or message us today.

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Reviewed by Gavin on 22/12/2020

Gavin (owner) and his colleague Jade did a fantastic job of installing our CCTV system and moving 3 ceiling lights. Professional, chatty and very helpful. We will definitely use these guys again for any future work. Highly recommended!

Phoenix Construction continues to provide quality and efficiency on all manner of projects.

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Reviewed by shaun on 3/2/2021

Neville was contracted to build our garage in October last year which took longer than expected with many extra costs to us .We are Now left with so many snag jobs to complete which Neville agreed to do but never turned up to complete these jobs

all trimmed up tree services is a family run business offering excellence and professional service

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Reviewed by James on 11/12/2020

Used for a new wooden fence fitting, standard of work was very good and he turned up when he said he would. Very professional and would recommend to anyone who requires any fencing work doing. Thank you

Our mission is to provide our customer a level of service unequalled in cleaning and maintenance industry and to protect the health and safety to all our people.

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Reviewed by Laura on 14/1/2021

Very good. Quick, efficient and tidy work. Couldn't ask for more

We are a design and build company with over 7 years of experience within the construction industry. We cover both residential and commercial construction projects.With the aid of software and state of the art technologies, we quote accurately and complete projects within set budget and reasonable timescale. We are precise, offer quality service with client satisfaction guaranteed.

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Reviewed by Sophie P A on 28/11/2019

Cannot recommend enough. Professional, reliable and a fantastic job. Great at communication. Price was very reasonable, and the process smooth.

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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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