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Landscape Architecture Ideas for Front and Back Yards

Redi-Rock® Ledgestone Walls Create Space for High-End Home

THE CHALLENGE

When James P. Gregg of Gregg Custom Building began construction on the Sullivan Residence, he needed a retaining wall system that could match the high-end look of the home itself. The home is located east of downtown Louisville in an upscale neighborhood above the Ohio River, and a pool and gardens were slated for the landscaping.

Redi-Rock caps, corner blocks and steps coordinate with each other for a cohesive, high-end aesthetic for this Kentucky backyard.

THE SOLUTION

Gregg turned to Redi-Rock of Kentuckiana and chose Ledgestone retaining wall blocks to integrate with the aesthetics of the new home.

"We decided to go with Redi-Rock because it looked great, and there was a definite cost savings as compared to pouring a wall and facing it with brick. Plus the ease of working with Redi-Rock of Kentuckiana was exceptional," Gregg explained.

Gregg had a design for the walls in mind, and worked with Site Consultant Phil Fassler of Redi-Rock of Kentuckiana to improve the design and add on some additional features to make the wall really stand out.

The goal for the walls included creating a level space for a pool and pool deck, as well as adding to the aesthetics of the new home. Because Redi-Rock freestanding blocks and retaining blocks are designed to build sweeping inside and outside curves, this project's design flowed seamlessly. The curves of the walls created a stunning contrast to the angles of the house and really pulled the landscape together. The walls also integrated fencing on top.

When construction began, much of the granular backfill material was already onsite. The install crews had to move some of the material to start installing the first courses of block. The gravity retaining walls were installed first, and were backfilled with crushed stone. Because a pool was scheduled to be installed above the wall, there could be absolutely no settlement whatsoever.

Redi-Rock gravity blocks were installed first, creating a base for the pool that would be installed above.

Originally, the project design included one small staircase that was 46 inches (1.1 meters) wide to give easy access to the pool deck.

"When the wall was about half completed, the owners decided they wanted to expand the walls and add another staircase, and the versatility of the product allowed us to change the scope of work to really open up the pool area to the back yard," Gregg said.

The additional 10 foot (3 meter) wide grand staircase was created using Redi-Rock steps and freestanding walls in an area that was originally slated for sloping grass. The grand staircase finished off the look of the project and truly added to the aesthetics of the home's landscape.

This Ledgestone freestanding wall with caps provides a beautiful enclosure for this backyard pool area.

THE OUTCOME

The entire project was designed using Redi-Rock gravity walls, standing 12 feet (3.7 meters) high at the highest point with two courses of freestanding blocks on top. In total, the project used approximately 2,300 square feet (214 square meters) of Redi-Rock, including 80 cap blocks.

Redi-Rock of Kentuckiana produced the Ledgestone blocks in a brown and red color pallete that accented the red brick house beautifully. In several areas, the Ledgestone walls abutted brick walls, showcasing the installers craftsmanship.

Redi-Rock Ledgestone gave this project both the high-end look and the structural integrity it required. From residential to commercial projects, Redi-Rock Ledgestone is a great solution for projects where aesthetics really matter. "The owner is really happy with how everything turned out," Gregg said.

This project was honored as "Residential Wall of the Year" in the 2010 Redi-Rock International Rocky Awards.



Project: 
Sullivan Residence #125 Owner: The Sullivan Family Block Manufacturer: Redi-Rock of Kentuckiana Installer: Redi-Rock of Kentuckiana Location: Louisville, Kentucky Year Built: 2010

Products Featured in This Case Study:

Gravity Retaining Wall Blocks - Massive, one-ton Redi-Rock gravity blocks rely on the sheer mass of each block to hold back the earth.

Freestanding Blocks - Redi-Rock freestanding blocks are textured on both sides, giving above-grade walls an unbeatable, finished look for any project you design.

Cap Blocks - Redi-Rock cap blocks are the perfect way to finish a retaining wall, freestanding wall, or column.

Step blocks - Redi-Rock steps blocks look like natural stone steps, but have consistent dimensions so they're easy to walk on.

Ledgestone Texture Blocks - Redi-Rock Ledgestone blocks give projects a random, stacked stone look.

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