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.
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.
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.
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.
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Here is a list of commonly asked questions in regards to hiring a bricklayer to build a garden wall.
Q How much will this cost?
Simply hiring a tradesperson will run anywhere from £200-£250 per day for the cost of labour. In addition to this, you will pay approximately £600 for the bricklaying of the wall, at a height of 4 metres or lower.
Higher walls, or those which require additional design work/elements, will also increase the overall cost of the project being completed.
Q Can I install the bricks myself?
In short, the answer is yes. However, it isn’t an easy undertaking. Digging foundations, mixing the right amount of cement, leveling the foundation, properly spacing the bricks, and determining whether barriers or other additions have to be made in constructing the wall, are elements most homeowners don’t know how to deal with. For such reasons, hiring professionals is the superior alternative.
Q How long will it take to complete?
A wall of 4 metres or shorter, can typically be completed in 3 to 4 days (single skin).
Q Is a wall or fence a better option?
This depends on the homeowner. If you want to soundproof the space, as well as privacy, a wall is a better option. If you simply want the cheapest and fastest option, you might opt for a fence to be installed around the perimeter of your garden area instead.
Q Do I need permission to install a wall/fence?
Typically, no. If you are the owner of the home, you can usually do what you want (as long as it is within the perimeter of the property you own). If you rent the property, or there are local regulations in place, you should familiarise yourself with this, prior to undertaking these projects. However, depending on whether or not you live near a main road, and how high you want the wall to be, you might have to apply for planning permission.
Most tradespeople will usually know the answer to this question, so simply asking them is often going to provide you with the information you need.
Q Is a wall secure?
Yes. A brick wall will not only offer privacy but optimal security. It is also a great sound-barrier if you have noisy neighbours. You don’t have to deal with listening to kids playing, or your next door neighbour fighting with the kids, when you are trying to get to sleep at night.