Would there be drainage behind my retaining wall?
It is on a case by case basis if drainage would be needed behind your retaining wall and would be discussed during the consultation; but as a general rule, drainage behind retaining walls is standard.
What are the different types of retaining walls and how much they cost to install: Segmented, Stacked Stone, Mortared Stone, and Lumber Walls?
*Stacked Stone Wall: Stacked stone walls are gravity retaining walls that rely on the weight of the material to ensure they do not shift or fall over. Construction generally does not use any mortar or glue to hold the stones in place. The maximum height of this type of wall is 4 feet, under ideal conditions. Stacked stone retaining walls typically cost between $35-45 per square foot.
*Lumber Wall: Lumber walls are constructed using 6x6" pressure treated Southern Pine tree logs or railroad ties. Lumber walls typically cost between $40-50 per square foot.
*Segmented Wall: Segmental retaining walls consist of concrete blocks that are interlocked with each other and have a cap stone. With the unique construction of segmented retaining walls, higher and steeper walls can be constructed with the ability to retain the force of soil weight and gravity created by the backfill soil. This type of wall is sometimes also used to surround patios for aesthetics, privacy, and as a short seat wall. Segmented retaining walls can be installed in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and textures. They can incorporate straight or curved lines, steps, and corners. Segmented retaining walls typically run $45-75 per square foot and depending on the choice of materials.
*Mortared Stone Wall: Mortared stone retaining walls are built with a concrete footer or base, after that cinder blocks are laid and filled with reinforcement bars and concrete for stability. Stones are then mortared to the cinder blocks for the final look. Mortared stone walls typically cost between $65-95 per square foot.
Would the company provide and install the grill/sink/electrical for the outdoor kitchen?
The client would provide the appliances prior to construction (grill, microwave, etc.) and our company would install and do any wiring/gas hookups necessary. Appliances are needed prior to construction to make sure that they will fit seamlessly into the finished outdoor kitchen.
What is thermal flagstone?
Thermal flagstone is a term used for flagstone where the edges have been specially treated to get a straight edge. This is accomplished by taking a piece of sawcut flagstone, wetting down the edge, and heating it with a torch. Done correctly the water turns to steam and pops off small pieces of the stone, resulting in a smoothly textured and very consistent, uniform surface.
How expensive is the typical outdoor kitchen install?
The typical outdoor kitchen install costs around $8,000.00, but can cost more depending on the size and number of appliances to hook up and install. The client would provide the appliances prior to construction (grill, refrigerator, pizza oven, sink, etc.) and our company would install and do any wiring/gas hookups necessary.
Summer 2017- Kitchen install with Grill and green Smoker Egg constructed in NW Washington, shown below.