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Retaining Wall Design

What do you think of when you think of "The Look that Defines New Hampshire"? Does your mind's eye bring up images of driving along a road lined with old stone walls? You're not alone. New Hampshire stone walls are often thought of as the quintessential look of New Hampshire. Stone walls were quite practical in the old days. When the farmer cleared a field, stones were everywhere. After all, this is the "Granite State". The stacked stone walls served a dual purpose in that it was a handy place to stack the removed field stone from the fields as well as mark the boundaries of the land. These stone walls are beautiful, and to look at one gives you a little taste of the history of that place. Today, we build stone walls for many reasons.

Often times, we just need a retaining wall design. When there are a lot of choices out there for retaining wall construction materials that you could make your wall out of, which choice would you make? Sometimes people choose one of the many styles of manufactured concrete block system walls, or even go with a timber wall, but most people that we talk to around this part of the country want to own one of their very own "New Hampshire Stone Walls". Stone is a beautiful and durable choice for retaining wall constructions. Stone walls can vary in appearance too. The walls can have as many looks as the mind can imagine. They can have interesting shapes, terraces, stone steps going through them, and even be used along a shoreline. The walls can be built out of rounded shaped stones or blocky shape stones. The list of possibilities goes on and on. When a retaining wall design is not needed, another reason to build a "New Hampshire Stone Wall" would be just for the looks. Stone walls are beautiful when built as a "freestanding" feature. In other words, they don't need to be retaining any soil on one side. The wall may even include a "cap stone". One of the most fun ways to design a freestanding wall is to make it a "bench-height" wall, and have a capstone on it. The cap can be used as additional seating space if this wall is built next to a patio. This same wall could also have pillars at the ends which really makes a visual statement. The pillars are a great place to incorporate some outdoor lighting. The old stone walls that were at one time built at the edges of the farmers fields are a type of freestanding wall. Maybe you want one that looks like these. Nothing says "we've finally arrived" at our New Hampshire home like driving past your very own New Hampshire stone wall and turning into your driveway at last.

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Comments

Your article was great and thanks for publishing this awesome blog! I am really happy to have come across such a well-written post. Thank you for sharing your insights with us!
7/15/2021 3:18:40 AM | Reply
I am so happy to come across this article. I love your blog and appreciate that you published the post! You're an inspiration for me, thank you :)
6/22/2021 6:02:56 AM | Reply
I love the look of old stone walls (meaning hundreds of years old). They just have such a charm to them that cannot be replaced. You're absolutely right, stone retaining walls can have an infinite number of patterns and color schemes which is what makes them unique. Great post!
5/17/2021 10:56:18 PM | Reply
Max
Great read. Thank you for sharing this article!
5/12/2021 3:01:54 AM | Reply
I've never heard about New Hampshire Stone Walls before your Article. They remind me of the stone walls that line the roadways of Ireland. Those walls were one of the reasons I started a Retaining Wall Business. Once I saw those stone walls I had to build one for myself. 5 years later I'm building Retaining Walls for a living. Great Article and Thanks for the memory jolt.
4/28/2021 2:48:19 PM | Reply
Great article! My customer is from New Hampshire and now lives in Minneapolis. She asked me for a New Hampshire stone wall and pillar then emailed me your site.
4/7/2021 12:36:37 AM | Reply
I loved your blog and thanks for publishing this articled!! I am really happy to come across this exceptionally well written content. Thanks for sharing and look for more in future!!
4/6/2021 4:20:56 AM | Reply
Awesome articles, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and insights! 🙂Aron Ambrus Construction
3/24/2021 7:24:27 AM | Reply
Retaining walls in your yard is a feature worth integrating. There are so many benefits that you can get out of this partition, such as structural support, and it can even make your yard more functional and beautiful. Because of this, if you’re thinking of ways to transform your yard, this type of wall is well worth considering.
2/12/2021 5:46:36 AM | Reply
Thank you very much for presenting this data about retaining, it’s known how to get approved but what are the next steps after getting the approval… Wonderful information, thanks a lot for sharing kind of content with us… great post!
2/9/2021 4:57:03 AM | Reply
Great post! The main uses of retaining walls are to help prevent soil erosion, create usable beds out of steep terrain and to provide decorative or functional landscaping features.
1/24/2021 1:30:53 PM | Reply
Thanks for sharing a lovely insight a retaining wall is a structure designed and constructed to resist the lateral pressure of soil, when there is a desired change in ground elevation that exceeds the angle of repose of the soil.
1/10/2021 4:57:56 AM | Reply
Thanks for sharing a lovely insight a retaining wall is a structure designed and constructed to resist the lateral pressure of soil, when there is a desired change in ground elevation that exceeds the angle of repose of the soil.
1/10/2021 4:55:36 AM | Reply
Hey!Good to read! Thank you very much for the history in your article. Stone retaining wall probably isn't the most fun thing to write about, but you blog it very well!
12/26/2020 9:58:47 AM | Reply
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