Carved Vertical Concrete Retaining Wall


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!
The Chirping Frog

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  • Roger
    on Apr 1, 2018

    What mix of cement, sand, and water did you use?


    Thanks.

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