Cost of Building a Garden Wall

A guide of the process of hiring a tradesman to build a garden wall, including the costs of labour and materials.

Duration:
3-5 days
Avg price:
£1000-£1500

Introduction

A garden wall is a great addition to your home’s exterior. It can add a backdrop to the landscape design work. It is a great sound barrier if you have noisy neighbours. Or, it can act as a security wall, if you don’t have fencing built around your home.

Regardless of the intended purpose of the garden wall being built, homeowners should consider the implications around installing this wall. How much will it cost? Can I build a wall (local homeowner rules/regulation)? Will I incur unexpected costs along the way?

Let’s delve into this a little further, to determine the best approach to building a garden wall outside your home.



Additional Jobs

Okay, you’ve decided that the garden wall is the ideal way to set up your landscape space. This project should take the right tradespeople anywhere from 2 to 5 days to complete, depending on the size of the area.

But, what if you are considering additional work? Another project you might consider is installing a hanging vine over the wall. This is a perfect elemental backdrop if you want to add floral arrangements to the garden area. If so, hiring a landscape tradesperson is a great option to consider.

You might also consider installing lighting to the garden area. Whether you add LED lights to the wall directly, or simply choose to incorporate flood lights throughout the garden floral beds, this will help bring new life to the space.

When adding garden arrangements, lighting, or even something as ornate as a waterfall, make sure you allocate additional time, and financial resources to these projects. If you want to do the work yourself, it will cost less, but will also take longer than a professional tradesperson will require, when hired to complete the same projects.


Alternatives to Building an Entire Garden Wall

If you already have a gate around your property, is it possible to simply build upon it? Possibly. This is a simple DIY job you can do by purchasing a chain-link fence system or other fencing materials which you could construct yourself.

In some instances, hiring a bricklayer is the only approach. For a wall that is 4 metres or shorter and 20 metres long, it should take about 2 to 3 days to complete and will run about £500 (for the bricklayers), and £600 to construct the wall.

If you choose to construct only a portion of the wall or use different materials for the project, this might help reduce the overall cost of the project, as well as shorten the duration of time required to complete the work. Bear in mind that every tradesperson charges different rates, so it is beneficial to compare several professionals prior to hiring one, to find the best rates.


Potential Problems

Every project has the potential of issues turning up at any given point in time. For example, if you are installing a brick garden wall, you might run into the issue of border/property lines with a neighboring homeowner.

Another issue which might occur is that of irrigation, water, or power lines, which are below ground. Therefore, it is important to hire a surveyor prior to undertaking the construction project, to avoid such issues from taking place.

In the event gardening work has to be completed, this might increase the rate of services. From hedging and trimming to adding garden ornaments to the area, most tradespeople will work in conjunction with one another, to complete these projects in a shorter period of time.

It is important to consider all possible issues which may arise, prior to undertaking the construction phase. This will help you budget for the project, and it will also allow you to allocate additional time to complete the work in certain cases as well.