Gabion Cladding

6 Materials
2 Weeks

We did some Gabion walls in our garden and thought it would look nice if we could have our house clad in Gabion. We started with the garage entrance and front wall of the house.
We bought some reject wire mesh (used to hold electrical cable) and using a bolt cutter, we cut it to size. The mesh normally comes in 3 meter lengths and can be shaped once cut. I found a bolt cutter and fence pliers worked best
We then used a drill and wall anchors to anchor the mesh to the wall. We tried hold down clamps and washers on the mesh but found that just cutting the mesh and shaping it around the wall anchor was the easiest.
Once the mesh was secure, we filled the cavity between the wall and the mesh with crusher rock / ballast.
Getting the rock to the wall was hard labour and best if you have someone to help. I was grateful for my fiancé who put some gloves on(definitely recommended) and helped me to get the cavities filled
Once all the cavities were filled, we had to rinse off the wall. We are still working on an idea to get the top of the wall trimmed off.
The boundary walls in front of our house was a bit low so we made gabion baskets with the mesh and raised the wall another metre.
Another project was the balustrade on our verandah / porch. I was very dull and lacked character so we built gabion boxes around the uprights and filled them with crusher rock and placed a stepping stone on the top to finish it off.
The next few images are of the gabion facade at the front entrance of our house. We used an off-cut channel as a lintel and bolted the mesh onto it
A view of the mesh bolted onto the channel.
Another angle before we started filling it with rock
After filling the baskets, and putting some pebbles around the entrance it started to really take shape. We still have more cladding to do and we will post more on those as we finish.
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  • Sharleen
    on Oct 23, 2019

    I'm in South Africa. Where did you find the rocks

  • Sandi F.B.
    on Oct 29, 2019

    So the wire cages are clearly visible ALL the time? No mortar used ? I’d be worried about humidity causing them to rust in a few years. Very very ambitious project

    • Robin
      on Oct 30, 2019

      That's the point....looking when shiny copper turns greenish after awhile

  • Bob Savage
    on Oct 29, 2019

    Where do you buy the gabion mesh? Where would I find the mesh you used?


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  • Heather Ruiz
    on Oct 30, 2019

    Very nice!!! Your hard work definitely shows beautifully. Looks like youve spent a small fortune in stone are they cheaper in Africa than in the US? Amazing.

  • Rae Koontz
    on Oct 31, 2019

    LOVE IT Udid a AWESOME job U guys should be very proud of it

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