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Sandstone Retaining Wall

Is your property sitting on a slope? If so, then you need a retaining wall. A retaining wall keeps soil in place, maintains the land’s grading, and prevent erosion from occurring. Without a retaining wall in place, it’s more likely that your lawn or landscaping will start to seep down the slope and cause further issues.


At TR Stonemason, we have installed several sandstone retaining walls over the years and understand the process well. Our team will ensure that your property has a strong sandstone block retaining wall that can handle extreme weather conditions and always keeps your lawn protected.

The Structure Of A Sandstone Retaining Wall

A retaining wall is no simple structure as it needs to function properly to protect your landscaping as well as blend into your garden. Therefore, building a sandstone retaining wall requires careful design and consideration as it needs to be able to handle a lot of pressure and yet still ensure for proper drainage. Retaining walls can be made from a range of different materials, including brick, concrete blocks, and natural stone. However, a sandstone retaining wall structure features the following basic components:


Base –A strong base ensures that the retaining wall can handle any added pressure and keep the soil in place like it is designed to do. Most walls are implanted a few feet underground, and therefore, the base provides a form of anchor for the wall.

Backfill – The sandstone block retaining wall backfill facilitates drainage, ensuring every bit of water flowing from the lawn or garden behind the wall has somewhere to go. Most retaining walls are designed to be impermeable, which ensures water and soil can’t go beyond it.

Drain – The sandstone retaining wall drainage system ensures the water that reaches the backfill is carried to the underground drains and directed away from the property. Without proper draining, the water will accumulate behind the wall and cause eventual damage.

An adequately designed sandstone retaining wall will remain in place for several decades while performing its job of keeping your landscape in place. For most residential properties, only 4-5 feet tall retaining walls are necessary to get the best results. At TR Stonemason, we tailor our sandstone block retaining walls to match your needs. Contact us today, and we’ll help you figure out how much of a retaining wall is needed for your property and what type of stone will be used.

The Necessity Of A Sandstone Retaining Wall

Sandstone retaining walls aren’t just an aesthetically pleasing design choice, but a necessity for many homes across Australia. Many areas are prone to soil erosion or have houses that are located right against a steep drop off near a hill – in these cases, having a solid retaining wall in place is not only important but a requirement to keep your home’s landscape safe.

Retaining walls can be fully customisable and be constructed into a variety of different shapes, shades, and textures. This means they won’t look out of place in your garden as they’ll add to your outdoor landscape rather than detract from your garden’s beauty. Additionally, they are a good option for improving soil stability and require almost no maintenance. You can utilise your retaining wall as a stylistic element in your garden – using i’s as a backdrop for lighting, storage, and plant holders.

At TR Stonemason, we utilise sandstone blocks to create your operating retaining wall. We ensure that these blocks are reasonably sized and installed carefully. We’ll help you boost the security and balance of your garden with our high-quality sandstone retaining walls.

Why Install A Sandstone Retaining Wall?

Due to its resilience, natural stone has always been a popular choice of material for retaining walls. At TR Stonemason, we have used sandstone for several projects over the years and achieved great results. Here are just some of the reasons why sandstone is the perfect choice for your retaining wall:

  • Perfect for all weather conditions – Sandstone blocks are naturally resilient and can withstand all harsh Australian weather conditions. The retaining wall will remain strong and intact regardless of both hot and cold weather conditions as it won’t compromise in structural integrity. At TR Stonemason, we encourage our clients to consider sandstone retaining walls as we’ve seen first-hand how well it responds to real-life conditions, and for a long period of time.
  • Aesthetically appealing – Sandstone blocks have a beautiful appearance and fit with the modern aesthetic perfectly. You can create a feature wall stone which allows you to choose from a range of colours – pale gold to light brown so that we can match your garden’s aesthetic perfectly. Sandstone is suitable for all kinds of homes, whether it has more of a rustic feel, modern appeal or urban design.
  •  Easy to Shape – Sandstone blocks are easier to work with than other alternatives as they can be carved and shaped into the appropriate designs. This means you can get a truly customised retaining wall for your property – whether you want a smooth and clean sandstone retaining wall design or something more rustic. With sandstone, there are an endless amount of possibilities. As experienced sandstone retaining wall installers, we know how this material works and will make sure it fits your property correctly.

Other Sandstone Block Retaining Wall Benefits

Sandstone retaining walls serve different purposes. Aside from preventing erosion and keeping the landscape in place, the wall can also:

  • Provide Structure – You can use retaining walls to mark different areas of the outdoor landscape. For example, it can be used to separate patio and outdoor fire pit areas from pool or garden areas. These walls can divide your outdoor space according to your requirements.
  • Create Enclosed Spaces – Do you want to create a comfortable enclosed space like a private garden or patio? Retaining walls are the perfect way to do that. We can install a sandstone retaining wall that is slightly taller than traditional retaining installations to create a private space.
  • Offer Outdoor Seating – We can install flat capping on these walls to ensure they can be used for outdoor seating as well. You can sit on top of the walls and enjoy some time in your garden or by the pool. This is convenient for people who like to host backyard parties or family get-togethers.

Contact Us Today

For more information on sandstone retaining walls or sandstone blocks, contact our team at TR Stonemason today or call us on 0414 447 554. We specialise in a range of stonemasonry services including stone cladding, sandstone pavers, heritage sandstone,  sandstone edging, and have become popular sandstone letterbox suppliers. Talk to us about our comprehensive list of stonemason services.

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