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Old 07-11-2008, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Lynbrook
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Hi,

So I looked at a house that I like but the backyard slopes down to the house. Not only am I thinking this could be a problem with rain, but it makes the yard less usable. I am wondering if anyone knows about how much the cost would be for putting in a retaining wall and leveling the yard. I don't know the exact slope but its not tremendous. I'm just looking for a rough estimate to figure into our overall budget.
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Old 07-11-2008, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Kings Park & Jamesport
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Hi,

So I looked at a house that I like but the backyard slopes down to the house. Not only am I thinking this could be a problem with rain, but it makes the yard less usable. I am wondering if anyone knows about how much the cost would be for putting in a retaining wall and leveling the yard. I don't know the exact slope but its not tremendous. I'm just looking for a rough estimate to figure into our overall budget.
How high would the wall be?
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Old 07-11-2008, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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The slope, the size of the yard, the over all area which needs to be graded, the choice of material with which to build the wall(s) all figure into this. Do plants or trees need to be removed? Lots of variables.
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Old 07-11-2008, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Lynbrook
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I'll take a look again this weekend and try to get more details. My first impression was that maybe a three foot wall would do it. There are a bunch of shrubs at the very back edge of the property but I was thinking maybe I would put the wall in front of those and leave that part as is for privacy. If that's feasible.
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Old 07-11-2008, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Kings Park & Jamesport
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FYI, if the wall needs to be greater than 4 feet, it become a real hassle to get done, towns hate retaining walls heigher than that. See if you can send some pics and how wide the property is.
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Old 07-11-2008, 07:41 PM
 
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If you can get an old survey of the property that would help too as it should show the elevations at various points.
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Old 07-12-2008, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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My property has a big drop off and it does not show up on our surveys. Maybe it depends on the surveyor?
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Old 07-13-2008, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Lynbrook
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I looked at the house again today. I wasn't sure how to measure the slope exactly but I looked at the house next door which seemed to be set a little lower than the one we were viewing. The house next door had a small retaining wall near the house to create a little patio area. It seemed about 3 feet tall. My DH doesn't even think we would need a retaining wall but I'd like to have the yard be a little more level. At least to have a flat dining area. I did take photos but I have to upload them later.
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Dix Hills
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Karen give me the measurements & ill give you a general idea. Lots of things come into play but i can give you an idea...14 year mason contractor. PM me for further details. Good Luck.
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Old 07-14-2008, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Kings Park & Jamesport
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I looked at the house again today. I wasn't sure how to measure the slope exactly but I looked at the house next door which seemed to be set a little lower than the one we were viewing. The house next door had a small retaining wall near the house to create a little patio area. It seemed about 3 feet tall. My DH doesn't even think we would need a retaining wall but I'd like to have the yard be a little more level. At least to have a flat dining area. I did take photos but I have to upload them later.
How long is the wall? 3 feet would be perfect for engineered blocks.
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