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Garden walls are a more substantial alternative to fencing, they’re 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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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?

Hello! I'm a fully qualified bricklayer(city and guilds 1992) with over 30 years' experience in the trade. I am primarily a bricklaying specialist though I am more than happy to do natural stone work as well. I have worked on and completed many projects including new builds, small and large extensions, commercial and private developments, retaining walls, stone work, re-pointing, renovations, fireplaces, Indian stone flagging, renovations and structural alterations. I have sub-contracted for most of the major house builders, worked for private developers, and also many bricklaying contractors, though I am now focussing on working direct for the public offering a professional, efficient and competitive bricklaying service which includes all aspects of bricklaying from new builds,extensions and garden/retaining walls right through to a small repair job! I have a construction industry safety card and public liability insurance for peace of mind. Kind regards, Paul Broughton

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Reviewed by Ian on 9/3/2024

At One On Top Of Two, we are a team of experienced brickwork specialists who have over 44 years of combined experience within the trade and industry! We are CSCS Health & Safety Certified and fully insured! If you're in and around the Manchester area and you're looking for professional brickwork specialists with expertise within the building trade, then you are in the right place! If you have a project in mind, get in contact with us today to arrange your FREE quote! Take a look at our Social Media to see the level of craftsmanship we bring to every project! Instagram/Facebook - @oneontopoftwo

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Reviewed by Steve on 1/2/2023

Small job to repair garden wall in north Manchester. Quoted quickly and carried out as promised. Recommended.

sole trader operation with over 35 yrs continuous experience. trade indentured, city&guilds1st and time served.all aspects of brickwork with particular concentration to repointing, restoration,strengthening& surface cleaning.all lime& Portland mortar done

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Reviewed by Saiedah on 21/2/2024

I recently had a garden wall demolished and rebuilt. John and his work colleague did a fantastic job. Very professional and friendly. Gave me a wriiten quote with everything included. No hidden charges. I would use them again and fully recommend them to anyone considering building work. Thankyou John

Hello Harry Walker here, 15 years Experience in Building, Trade Qualifications for Bricklayer, Reliable, Affordable Service.

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Reviewed by Jack on 20/2/2024

Could not recommend Harry more! A* Communication was flawless, quote was perfectly reasonable & the quality of work was excellent. Will be having him back ASAP to do some more work very soon. Thank you Harry & Peter.

Welcome to ross property repair family run business with 20 years experience in property repairs & maintenance our professional, efficient and reliable handymen are just one call away to fix all your “to do” list with no hassle involved. RPR Scotland is the best solution for all your property maintenance needs, no matter how small or how big the job is. We serve both commercial and residential customers in Edinburgh, Lothian and Scottish Borders area. By choosing RPR Scotland you have guaranteed: ? job done at the highest standards on every visit ? agreed appoitments and timing followed ? no mess left behind when job is done L ? you pay just for work done . We pride ourselves on the high standards out work is finished to . First class workmanship at affordable prices . Below I have listed some of the services we offer - letting agent and land lord services -rot and mould -mastic and silicone replacement - handyman services -All aspects of joinery work - tilling -wet wall panelling - painting and decorating - small plumbing jobs - laminate flooring , carpets ,linoleum ELECTRICAL - new sockets or extra sockets - new light fittings - fit cookers - exterior garden sockets EXTERIOR - Decking -slabbing - build Huts - fencing - build small walls - gutter repairs and cleaning - slate repairs - flat roof repairs SMALL JOBS - plasterboard repairs - new toilet seats - new door handles - shelving - cleaning services on request - and all aspects of gardening - FULLY INSURED - and much more to much to list ANY JOB BiG OR SMALL WE DO IT ALL

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Reviewed by Michael on 12/4/2024

Top job cheers guys

time served bricklayer. 35yrs experience All types of brickwork undertaken

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Reviewed by Colin on 19/2/2024

Excellent job at a good price.

garydaviesbricklayer Time served when an apprenticeship was a apprenticeship.Over four decades of experience which there is no substitute for I offer a reliable and professional service and will advise you on the best way forward for your project. I’m all about quality not quantity produced in a week.Its there for a life time correct and looking good.Experience in damp solving from DPC injection to Lead and DPC chimney trays.The placing of new Cavity trays to window and door heads .. Lime mortar specialist, repointing stone and brickwork Blown face brick replacement .I do not consider your job finished till it’s something I’d accept on my own property garydaviesbricklayer

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Reviewed by Andrew on 12/4/2024

Very knowledgeable, good price and very good work. Would highly recommend.

Next Level bricklaying services with an exceptional level of quality workmanship and service.

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Reviewed by Tom on 10/4/2024

Quick and efficient

Family run business. Have been a bricklayer for 30 years and now my son has followed in my foot steps. I have always been proud of my work especially conservation. I have recently joined rated people because I have had enough of the site work and feel its time to slow down and offer my experience to private work. I have done private work in the past and always ensured works were completed on time,at a reasonable rate and took pride in my work. I am a registered company and can be found on company house. I can supply my registration number for any checks.

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Reviewed by Marsha on 5/4/2024

Friendly and efficient service. Arrived as scheduled and completed the work to a very high standard. Would definitely recommend.

My name it’s Cris. I am a person with many qualities in handyman.What a handyman means? A handyman, also known as a handyperson or handyworker, is a person skilled at a wide range of repairs, typically around the home. These tasks include trade skills, repair work, maintenance work, are both interior and exterior, and are sometimes described as "side work", "odd jobs" or "fix-up tasks". For me a handyman means the person who helps the people who are in need or not having the necessary training for that thing and at the same time the one who later gives a smile to the people's face. For this, please contact me in any need you have

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Reviewed by Christopher on 17/11/2023

Wright Build Projects speciality is in brickwork. Eg. extensions, repointing, garden walls, chimneys building/repairs and structural work. We pride ourselves on being reliable and passionate about our work while maintaining a professional standard. Wright Build Projects, where dreams become reality. We are a trusted building company dedicated to exceptional construction services. With our commitment to quality and client satisfaction, we bring your vision to life. From residential to commercial projects, renovations to new builds, we deliver outstanding results. Experience the Wright Build Projects today.

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Reviewed by Catherine on 19/2/2024

Stuart provided the best quote was available and turned up. The work he carried out was excellent. I would recommend him and use him again

Hi, I’m Luke, the founding member of Sol.Co- Structural outdoor landscaping company. I have been a self employed builder and fully qualifed bricklayer for the last 15 years. Although bricklaying, stonework and paving are my speciality, I do have a really wide skill set. Please see my gallery for examples. I have been fortunate enough to gain building experience all over the world in Australia, Portugal, parts of Asia and the UK. I enjoy working closely with customers and offer a bespoke service for all building needs. Over the last few years I have begun focusing my work towards garden building design. I enjoy working on outdoor spaces as they offer opportunities for creativity without the limitations of planning restrictions. It is also high impact work. A garden can be changed a lot in just the space of a week or two. I appreciate the importance of listening to customers carefully, adding suggestions from previous designs and my own experience as needed. I am happy to put references forward if required. Thanks for taking the time to view my profile.

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Reviewed by Gill on 4/11/2023

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Luke. He was on time, did an excellent quality job very efficiently, and added in some little extras free gratis. Very courteous at all times.

Biconstruct Ltd is a CHAS and Constructionline certified construction company specialized in bricklaying, interior refurbishment and external rendering. Our trades are fully qualified, priding ourselves with over 25 years in construction, providing a great attention to details and a german workmanship quality to our customers.

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Reviewed by Cathy on 15/12/2023

Mihai's company did a wonderful job on repairing our garden wall. They also cleaned up afterwards. I highly recommend them and will use them again for future jobs.

With years of experience in the building trade, we ensure all projects run smoothly and work is completed hassle free for the client, whether it be a big or small job. We take pride in carrying out finishing touches and leaving the site neat and tidy. All landscaping and bricklaying projects are undertaken, including: Driveways, patios, garden walls, brickwork repair, repointing, fencing, turfing, drainage, groundworks, digger & driver hire etc. We also have full public liability insurance.

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Reviewed by Mary on 9/4/2024

Quality work, really helpful, pleasure to do business with, delivered as quoted. Highly recommend.

DMK is a family run construction business, my self and my team are fully qualified trades men with many years under our belt. we specialise in all building work and carry out our work to the highest standards.

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Reviewed by Mathew on 17/4/2024

we do all roughcast stone and general brick work repairs lead work and general maintenance special removal work and also digger work trenching drainage clearance and general leveling ect 45years in the trade.

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Reviewed by Sharon on 29/2/2024

Job well done will use pat again nice guy

We are a small family run company, trading for over 25 years meaning we have lots of experience throughout all the building trade… you don’t ever need to worry that your job is too big or small! We take pride in each and every one of our job to ensure all customers are happy with the standard of service. At generation building we offer free, fast and competitively priced quotes.

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Reviewed by Sarah on 24/2/2024

My experience of a kitchen window enlargement wasn’t good. Fair enough Kieron had a lot of health issues which meant the two-week job took over two months but the finish wasn't good and I was left with quite a few problems.

We here at VT Bricklayers provide the following: Extensions Garden walls Stone Work Fencing and many External projects. We have been running for 8 years and are a of team of 10 We are very experienced and professional and carry our work to a high standard.

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Reviewed by Andrzej on 14/4/2024

I have had a disappointing service from this gentleman unfortunately he has not completed the work because we had disagreements about payment.He told he's rate is £1 per brick to lay, and in hes calculation was 370 bricks to build a bbq.We agreed to start in 2 days, he came late at 11.40am at about 4 pm when the work was nearing completion I counted the bricks and it was 220 so I said I owe £220 he got very angry and he left unfinished job I paid him £300 Next day had finish myself and clean mess he left

I am a neat and tidy bricklayer who prides himself on a quality job, looking for garden wall type jobs,can do re pointing,install damp and general making good and repair work.

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Reviewed by Simon on 6/7/2023

Ryan was great. He was quick with his work which he completed to a great standard and for a very reasonable price. I'd have no problem both using his services in the future and recommending him to anyone else.

General builder and property maintenance all aspects of work undertaken from a home extension to hanging a picture. We aim to for 100% satisfaction with every customer ,we are fully insured. No job too big or too small Look forward to hearing from you .

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Reviewed by Marian on 18/2/2024

Andrew did a great job. Sourced the right bricks to match existing wall, worked through the rain digging out the soil to build the support and his brickwork is very good. He fixed the problems with the gate and we are very pleased with the finished job.

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