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Carved Vertical Concrete Retaining Wall

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I hate looking at concrete retaining walls. When we built the house I knew something would have to be done to hide them. I took a class or two and waalah- a unique, OOAK carved wall. Much better.
  • diy concrete retaining wall carved vertical, concrete masonry, diy
We started with a blank wall and my husband wanted to add "bump-outs." That's the beginning of what you're seeing with the rebar. The hole you see at the top is for a waterfall (when we poured the wall and the upper patio we also added piping for this, and anything else you could possibly imagine).
  • diy concrete retaining wall carved vertical, concrete masonry, diy
I started in the corner and worked my way around. It took me a couple weeks to finish it. I worked alone most of the time. Mixing, throwing and carving wears me out so I don't get as far in a day by myself as I could if I had someone doing the mixing.
  • diy concrete retaining wall carved vertical, concrete masonry, diy
It also rained on me so I made a "make-shift" tent so I could continue working.
  • diy concrete retaining wall carved vertical, concrete masonry, diy
  • diy concrete retaining wall carved vertical, concrete masonry, diy
For the area directly under the stairs I had to be in the lake....yeah....I jumped out of my skin a couple times. The fish "hunt" right here around the edge and a good sized snake hangs out in some rock right near here. Stinkin' bass make a quick dart and splashed and I nearly came out of my boots!
  • diy concrete retaining wall carved vertical, concrete masonry, diy
Stained.
  • diy concrete retaining wall carved vertical, concrete masonry, diy
Stained.
  • diy concrete retaining wall carved vertical, concrete masonry, diy
Stained. Some clean-up to do but nearly done!
  • diy concrete retaining wall carved vertical, concrete masonry, diy
Except for the bridge. It's done!

To see more: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Chirping-Frog/347425722085735?ref=hl

Got a question about this project?

  • Nivasi Frankly-Speaks
    Nivasi Frankly-Speaks Kittanning, PA
    on Oct 22, 2014

    wow awesome job

  • Debs
    Debs Magnolia, KY
    on Oct 22, 2014

    Fabulous job, looks so much better now!

  • Regina
    Regina Feeding Hills, MA
    on Oct 22, 2014

    That is fantastic!

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I New York, NY
    on Oct 22, 2014

    WOW, wow, WOW!

  • Sharon
    Sharon Grand Rapids, MN
    on Oct 22, 2014

    You are so clever! Wish I had a place where I could do projects like that! I am so envious!

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