Building a Wood Retaining Wall

Build a Wood Retaining Wall

This past week we demoed our back deck.  As soon as the deck was down we could start building a new wood retaining wall to make room for a sunken patio. Over the years the dirt had fallen down under the deck covering the original brick patio.  It was important to build a wood retaining wall to permanently hold the dirt back from what will be our new patio.

Back Patio - the plan and deck demo - deck gone - build a wood retaining wall

Building a Wood Retaining Wall

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Last week we had a delivery of many (38)- 8 and 1o foot pressure treated 6 by 6 posts to use for our wood retaining wall.  The delivery guy was kind enough to leave the timbers close to the project which has saved us having to carry these heavy beams from our driveway.

Build a Wood Retaining Wall - timbers

We started laying the timber wall where we plan on putting our hot tub.

Build a Wood Retaining Wall - hot tub area

Before the wood can go down we needed to lay a gravel bed so the wall won’t move when the ground freezes and thaws over the winter.

Build a Wood Retaining Wall

The kids were put to work filling the wheel barrel with gravel to lay both under the wood as well as behind the wall.

Build a Wood Retaining Wall

I added landscape fabric along with the gravel to help with drainage and keep the dirt and the weeds out.

Build a Wood Retaining Wall

Next we needed to make sure that the wood timbers were square and level.

Build a Wood Retaining Wall - square


Build a Wood Retaining Wall - level

This steps also seems to take forever :).  Notice the kids in the pic!

Build a Wood Retaining Wall

Build a Wood Retaining Wall

Once the first row is level all the other wood beams go up quickly.

Build a Wood Retaining Wall

Jason made sure to secure the wood timbers with giant nails and rebar as we added each level of boards.

Build a Wood Retaining Wall

Build a Wood Retaining Wall

We decided that 4 boards was as high as we needed to go based on the dirt level around the patio.  I can’t wait to start leveling out the dirt behind the retaining wall and get to landscaping it.  Thanks to the wood retaining wall the patio is starting to take shape :).

Build a Wood Retaining Wall

We still have to move that darn hot tub into our new hot tub space and level the rest of the patio.  Here is a look of what we have done so far and still have planned!

Our Plan for this Sunken Patio

Demo Deck

Save Brick from Previous Patio

Dig an 8 foot by 8 foot space for our Hot Tub

Build a retaining wall around the sunken patio

Move the Hot Tub

Level the Ground inside the Patio

Use Reclaimed Brick and Flagstone for the Patio Stone

Landscape around Sunken Patio

Bring the Outdoor Furniture Back and Decorate

*UPDATE – We FINISHED!!!  Stop by to see the whole reveal (here)*

We transformed the backyard of our farmhouse by taking down a deck and creating a sunken brick and flagstone patio. Back Patio Makeover - Final Reveal / sunken patio / brick patio/ farmhouse backyard / patio makeover/ diy http://lehmanlane.net

Thanks so much for stopping by to check out our new wood retaining wall!

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