All you need to know about building a garden wall includings costs of materials, brickies and time frames.
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.
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!
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.
Individual costs for 1m x 4m Double-Skinned Garden Wall - Total Cost: £750