Stone Retaining Walls & Structures

Retaining Walls:Stone Veneers Costa Rica

All of the retaining wall photos below are photos of walls constructed using concrete in the structure for strength and longevity, but with a dry stacked stone appearance. The shadows around the stones tend to highlight the individual stones for a pleasing appearance. These walls were always installed on a footing either on gravel, or on concrete depending on the application. Stone Retaining Walls & Structures Costa Rica, Stone Retaining Walls & Structures Costa Rica

Our retaining walls were built using concrete and stone constructed two to three feet in width. This will depend on the amount of soil retention needed to hold the slope behind. When building a retaining wall in this manor, it is the sheer weight of the combined structure that offers the most optimum retention properties. This is most necessary when the materiel behind the wall becomes water saturated. A solid concrete stone walls ability to retain large amounts of saturated soil is time tested. A similar method used extensively here in Costa Rica is called, Gabion Baskets. Rectangular wire baskets filled with stone and stacked upon one another. In a solid stone and concrete wall, gravel and piping are installed behind the wall accordingly to allow for excess water drainage.

Example Appearance:

There are a few looks one can have when building these types of walls.  Here At This Link is an example of a wall constructed having a pointed concrete joint that surrounds each individual rock offering a more standard appearance. The pointed joint look is the most common type of stone veneer and stone wall application here in Costa Rica.

Examples Of Retaining Walls:

Property Boarder Walls With Concrete:

There are basically two types of property border walls here in these photos below. The first set of examples directly below are walls using concrete for structure. The second set of photos below are walls that are dry stacked using gravel to fill the voids. This insures the rock walls will maintain uniformity for a long duration of time. Both applications are identical with the exception of using gravel verse concrete in the structure the wall. All of the stone walls were installed either on a concrete or a gravel footing.

Proprty Boarder Walls Dry Stacked:

When constructing a dry stack stone wall a gravel footing was always installed prior to the new construction. As the rocks were laid gravel was installed to fill the voids between the stacked stones. This insured that the rocks will remain stable and uniform long after the wall was completed.  

Entrance Way Pillars:

The stone pillars depicted here in the photos below are constructed using solid concrete and stone. The instillation of electrical conduit for future lighting, cameras or for various other electrical devices is installed at the time. Additionally, all of the hardware needed for the future instillation of gates or arches are installed. Pillars are always constructed on a solid concrete footing. To insure longevity and strength we install steel rebar that is anchored into the concrete footing and construct the pillar around the rebar as this allows for more strength and a more permanent structure.

 

Some Examples Of Miscellaneous Stone Work:

Just a few examples of different types of stone work not categorized.

Some Examples Of Stone Work Under Construction: