Combining Driftwood & Stonework
This retaining wall was built in the heart of Victoria, British Columbia’s, Oak Bay District. The majority of the stone used in the rebuilding of the wall was native to the original stone wall. I added several dozen large ‘Grey Ice’ stones and a variety of river rocks which were sourced from Jordan River, B.C. I also incorporated a piece of driftwood with the river rocks as a means of creating a border between the neighbour’s stone retaining wall and the newly constructed one.
I built several coves into the stonework to act as placeholders for planters and candles, etc., as the homeowner had several children and I thought they might appreciate the coves, making the wall functional and interactive.
The stone retaining wall was built to appear as a dry-stacked stone wall but is actually mortared in place from behind and was mortared along the top for safety purposes and to keep any roots out. Drainage pipe, drain rock, and landscape fabric were also placed behind the structure of the wall to ensure that it remains standing for the generations to come. I then built a wooden handrail out of rough-cut cedar and placed it into a bed of concrete to support pedestrian traffic along the stairway.
If you happen to find yourself on Beechwood Avenue in Victoria, BC, keep an eye out for this stone wall, explore it’s many intricacies, and please send me any photos that you may be inspired to take via our Contact Page.