Cost of Building a Garden Wall

All you need to know about building a garden wall includings costs of materials, brickies and time frames.

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What the job entails

There are a number of ways to build a garden wall but in general the job will entail the removal of existing fence panels, preparation of ground work including foundations, supply of all bricks, sand/cement/mortar mix and any posts/copings, laying of footings and the bricks, plus removal and disposal of all waste and clean up after the wall. This sounds like a lot of hard work, and it is! Which is why most will hire a bricklayer too do the work for them.

Things to do before hiring a bricklayer

Even if you do hire a brickie, it is a good idea to ensure the area around the boundary/wall is clear, so cut grass and prune any trees or bushes which may get in the way. Large bushes or trees near the boundary may also cause problems with laying the foundation and might need to be removed. You should also consider having your builder take care of any other hard landscaping jobs at te same time to reduce disruption and costs.

Laying bricks is a straightforward process for any reasonably competent DIY enthusiast. Unlike the brick walls in a house which may have to hold up a roof, a garden wall typically does not need to have a physical function, it can just look nice and mark the property boundary. Though it can also perform useful functions including retaining a soil bank, forming a BBQ, raising a planting bed, enclosing compost heaps or screening private areas from neighbours. Garden walls can be expensive, but most garden walls are less than a metre high so are well within the scope of any DIY enthusiast and no planning permission is required.

If the wall is straight then it’s a simple job for any competent brickie or DIY person. But if the wall is curved or has an unusual shape then this will cost more and a higher level of skill level will be required. In addition, if the wall is to be load bearing in any way, such as retaining a soil bank - best to leave it to the experts!

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Cost of Building a Garden Wall

The average cost of building a garden wall is usually in the range of £800-£1200 depending upon the length, height and thickness of the wall you want building.

Most bricklayers work in pairs and usually charge around £250 per day for both of them. This will usually include the cost of cement and sand but not the cost for bricks or the removal of waste afterwards.

Here are a few more example costs for building garden walls:

Size of Wall Thickness Avg. Cost Duration
1m high by 4m long Single Skin £650 1.5 day
1m high by 8m long Single Skin £1100 2 days
1m high by 12m long Single Skin £1400 2.5 days
1m high by 4m long Double Skin £750 2 days
1m high by 8m long Double Skin £1200 2.5 days
1m high by 12m long Double Skin £1500 3 days


Walls to the rear of a property will often be more expensive due to the fact that bricks and other building material will usually have to be carried into the rear garden adding labour time to the job. This is even worse if the property has major access problems and all the building materials have to be carted through the house!

There are many types of brick to choose from including wirecut, engineering, facing bricks, handmade, reclaimed, and many more. The brick type you choose will also have a huge impact on the total cost of the wall.

Cost Breakdown

Individual costs for 1m x 4m Double-Skinned Garden Wall - Total Cost: £750

25%

Materials
£187

65%

Tradesmen
£488

10%

Waste Removal
£75

FAQ's

Much will depend on the type of wall (ie single or double skin, decorative or load bearing, straight or curved etc) and of course the size, but a typical garden wall would take around 2 to 3 days to complete. Generally around one day is for digging out the trench and laying the footings, and another day for the actual brick laying, plus a third day to complete (assuming two workers, a brickie and labourer).
Choosing between a garden fence or a brick wall is difficult, both options can be a great choice for providing security and privacy, a quality fence will certainly help ensure that your property is secured. however, there is no denying that a brick wall is a pretty strong structure when built correctly too. However this comes at a cost, in general a wall will be much more expensive than a fence. Though on the plus side you would expect a wall to last much longer, so in the long term a brick wall is a cost effective option.

That being said you can buy gravel boards to protect the bottom of your fence from ground moisture and stop the wood from rotting, plus there are plenty of timber preservatives and treatments available to keep your fencing protected from the weather long term, plus wooden fencing can be much more environmentally friendly. Ultimately, if the proposed structure is just to mark/enclose the property boundary and is not load bearing at all, then it really comes down to personal preference in most cases, which do you think will look best?
Boundaries between gardens can be a real bone of contention often causing major disputes between neighbours. The obvious place to start is with the deeds to your property. Most modern properties will have a plan drawn to scale which clearly shows the boundaries and is registered at HM Land Registry. if this plan shows the boundary to be a party wall, this means that legally there is joint responsibility for the maintenance of the wall.

But if the deeds and plan do not give a clear indication of ownership, then you are reliant on presumptions with regard to a wall, where the boundary is presumed to be on the far side of the garden wall because the person who erected the wall would build it on their own land. However, these are only presumptions and can be easily rebutted in a court of law. the best plan is to always come to an agreement regarding boundary walls with your neighbour prior to any building work or maintenance. if you fail to reach agreement, be prepared for a costly court battle.
Normally there will be no permission required as long as the wall is one metre or less in height. If you are demolishing an existing wall greater than one metre tall, you can also replace the wall up to the previous height without any planning (however please note that in a conservation area you may need planning permission for any alteration including the demolition of an existing wall). In addition, if your home is a listed building or in the curtilage of a listed building, you will likely need planning permission to erect a wall.