What does it cost to build a retaining wall?

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Retaining walls provide the ability to change the grade of your yard, they can help create levels, and they can be absolutely beautiful if you choose nice materials. It's helpful to understand what they cost before you start digging up your yard, so we've put together this guide to break down the costs.

Retaining walls provide the ability to change the grade of your yard, they can help create levels, and they can be absolutely beautiful if you choose nice materials. It’s helpful to understand what they cost before you start digging up your yard, so we’ve put together this guide to break down the costs.

Average cost of materials and labor

Wood retaining wall: around $15-$50 per square foot
Stone retaining wall: around $20-$45 per square foot
Poured concrete retaining wall: around $30-$55 per square foot
Concrete block retaining wall: around $15-$30 per square foot

Installation

Concrete block or wood: $15-15 per square foot
Poured concrete or stone patterns: $30-$55 per square foot


Engineering costs

If you’re doing something particularly complex, you may want to pay an engineer to plan and build it for you. For a standard retaining wall 30” high x 20’ long, a good engineer would likely charge $250-$550.

What to expect

Basic retaining wall installation can take 8-10 hours for a 10- to 6-foot wall. Projects with a higher level of complexity can take much longer. Since many retaining wall projects will require the displacement of soil and other landscaping elements, there can be a significant amount of dirt. Be sure to plan for it!


A little tip...

To ensure that the retaining wall is properly positioned and evenly grounded, it is important to use a level when installing a retaining wall. An expert can help if your yard is tricky.

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