A dry laid wall uses Ontario’s natural stone to reflect the surrounding environment. They appear as part of the landscape, making them ideal for aesthetic and practical purposes, and are used as both freestanding, or retaining walls.
We recommend you get expert help when installing a dry laid wall. It is a complex process, which means there are many opportunities for problems to occur.
However, when using proper materials and techniques you can create a wall that lasts and effectively fulfills its practical use. Especially in the case of dry laid walls, whose strength comes from the weight of the stone, and the skill with which the stones are laid.
Although this isn’t a project for DIYers, it still benefits you to familiarize yourself with the practice, especially so you understand the importance of using high quality stone materials for this type of project.
One rule of thumb is that the soil on which you’re building the wall should determine the wall’s base.
For the width of the trench, extend one inch from both the front and back of the base for every foot of height.
These walls can turn slopes into inviting spaces for gatherings or gardening. It transforms a slope leading up the house into usable space that visually ties the house into the rest of the landscape.
However, because these walls hold back large amounts of soil, they have special design features and practical considerations:
When completed a well-built retaining wall will:
Half of building a quality wall is acquiring quality materials. Grand River Stone can help you find the best stone for the aesthetic and practical needs of your dry laid stone wall.