After opening up their back yard to accommodate a new deck, patio and future hot tub, some wall construction was in order. This home is located in the country, and the the field stone pictured here occurs naturally in the area, so it fit the bill nicely. We always like to use materials that are native to the area if we can.
On walls of this size, I like to use stones that are consistent in size and install them with the flat side out. Although it takes longer to construct, I it gives the wall a more “hand crafted”, quality look.
The wall is backed by a thick layer of felt-like material , which both keeps the soil from settling and the face of the wall clean. Behind the felt is a 12″ layer of gravel that drains the water to prevent water pressure from building up (possibly pushing the wall out), and down to a drain tile that empties out at the end of the wall and flows downhill, away from the house.