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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.
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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
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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.
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Once the mesh was secure, we filled the cavity between the wall and the mesh with crusher rock / ballast.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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A view of the mesh bolted onto the channel.
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Another angle before we started filling it with rock
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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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  • Spacey
    on Sep 23, 2018

    I suggest dark railroad ties for the tops?

  • Sandra Bock
    on Sep 29, 2018

    If you wanted the stone effect why not use cement to hold the stones in place?

    • Chris
      on Mar 11, 2019

      This gives it a more natural look and saves money not having to use cement. I believe that was kinda the point.plus u don’t have to dig firings so deep.

  • Carol Flores
    on Dec 26, 2018

    How do you get the rocks to stay up there without the mesh?? Some kind of glue that you forgot to mention?

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  • Denece Courtney
    on Oct 26, 2018

    My 1st granddaughters nursery had the tree. It was awesome My dil mom painted it. The sun was painted around the Piaget fixture. She had hills and grass. The cutest thing was she painted the tree with my son and dil’s initials in the tree.

  • Debby Wing
    on Oct 30, 2018

    This does look pretty inspiring, the variations could be endless. Creativeness has only our minds to limit it!

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