Mark Hattenburg wanted to add a terrace and pool to the backyard of his home near Spokane, Washington but he had no design plan and wasn't quite sure where to begin. He knew he would need to do something about the 8 foot (2.4 meter) grade change on the property and he really wanted something that would look good.
While driving down Little Spokane Drive one day, Rick Lindberg from local Redi-Rock manufacturer Wilbert Precast noticed an excavator in the field behind Hattenburg's house. Curious about the project and knowing it would require a retaining wall, he spoke to Hattenburg about his plans.
"He knew he needed a wall, but he just didn't know what he was going to do," said Lindberg. Lindberg's background is in landscape design, so he offered to help Hattenburg by designing the backyard landscape using Redi-Rock.
Hattenburg owns a construction company called Hattenburg Excavation. Having installed Redi-Rock walls in the past, he knew Redi-Rock would be a good fit on this project too.
Redi-Rock is a precast, large block retaining wall system engineered to harness the power of gravity to build tall retaining walls. Redi-Rock blocks stack together like giant Lego blocks to install quickly, without the need for additional reinforcement in many applications.
The Hattenburgs were happy with the design which included over Redi-Rock gravity retaining and freestanding walls, plus coordinating columns, steps, and caps, all in the Cobblestone texture. A waterfall feature was incorporated into the design to conceal the utilities for the pool.
Because of his professional experience with Redi-Rock, Hattenburg installed the walls himself explaining, "It was pretty straight forward; we didn't really have a whole lot of challenges once we got the plans set."
Over 500 Redi-Rock blocks were used to complete the beautiful yard and pool area with walls that went up to 10 feet (3 meters) high at the tallest point.
Hattenburg and his family are very pleased with how their backyard turned out. "They all like it...we're always in the backyard in the pool," Hattenburg said. In fact, they are now using Redi-Rock for more property updates.
"We're working on designing his entry now," said Lindberg.
This project was the recipient of the 2015 Rocky Award for "People's Choice Wall of the Year" from Redi-Rock International. The Rocky Awards are an annual honor recognizing the best Redi-Rock projects completed each year across the globe.
Project: Hattenburg Residence #177 Owner: Mark Hattenburg Manufacturer: Wilbert Precast Wall Design: Wilbert Precast Installer: Hattenburg Excavation Location: Mead, Washington Year Built: 2015
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.
Columns - Redi-Rock columns can coordinate with retaining walls or freestanding walls, and even fencing!
Cobblestone Texture Blocks - Redi-Rock Cobblestone blocks feature a great stacked stone aesthetic with the appearance of six smaller blocks.
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