Blade Landscape Design is a proud Queensland company based in the Lockyer Valley. Our designs and projects encompass the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and further afield. Wherever you live, we can design to your region, requirements and specifications.

We specialise in a range of landscape design services, horticultural guidance, project management, and sustainable environmental solutions. Blade Landscape Design caters to both the residential and commercial markets and provides design solutions to a variety of budgets and requirements.

Blade Landscape Design was formed to meet the need in the Queensland market for comprehensive and professional design services. Blade Landscape Designs began primarily to service project builders who required detailed landscape designs for their display centres.

We have built relationships with the largest project builders and continue to provide innovative and fresh solutions to inspire and surprise their clients.

From there, we have grown into a respected industry name that draws on the internal knowledge of our project managers, landscape architects, interior designers, and landscape construction managers.

We work with domestic clients on new house builds and landscape renovations. Blade Landscape Design offers design packages to suit every project and client; from the DIY, to the full construction package.

Our services include:

  • landscape design and documentation
  • residential landscape design
  • commercial landscape design
  • display village landscape design
  • sustainable design
  • project management
  • horticultural consultation
  • conservation and land management advice.

We provide short and long term design plans to allow our clients to have the landscapes they need now and in the future. Our work also complies with Body Corporates and all Covenants.

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The Retaining Wall Checklist

The Retaining Wall Checklist

Find the Facts

Before you even begin to build, first find out the all the relevant council regulations for your property. It can be an expensive mistake to finish constructing your retaining wall and then realise it's an illegal structure.

Usually, retaining walls don't need Brisbane Council approval if:
- there is no 'surcharge loading' over the 'zone of influence' for the wall (refer to definitions in the Building Regulation 2006 (Schedule 1 Section 3))
- the total height of the wall and of the fill or cut retained by the wall is no more than one metre above the wall's natural ground surface
- the wall is no closer than 1.5 metres to a building or another retaining wall
- it does not form part of the fencing for a pool.

Brisbane Council has a further list of circumstances that you must consider when building a retaining wall (for the full list click here).
If you think your wall might not meet approval you can prepare a building application and have it approved by a building certifier. They will need plans or drawings prepared by a professional.

2) Choose your Type

There are range of materials and construction techniques when it comes to building a retaining wall. Wood (like treated railway sleepers) are a common material. While cheap and easy to use, they can rot and loose structural strength. You may have seen this when the wood bulges as the earth behind tries to get through. Stone is another popular option but is more labour intensive and will need maintenance to stop weeds and cracks.

Other options include interlocking brick systems or custom, cast-in-place walls that can expensive but can also be rendered allowing for a clean finish.
  Retaining walls can be secured in one-of-four ways:

Gravity wall - The wall is built using a trench and its weight holds the earth back.

Piling wall - Long piles that go deeper into the earth add more strength.
Cantilever wall - Imagine a bookend with the short end going into the earth.
Anchored wall - A cable is attached to the wall and the other end buried in the earth.

3) Prepare to Build

You've chosen the wall, done the planning and now you're ready to build. Assemble the materials and be mindful of site access if working with heavy equipment. Measure out the space and don't forget to think about drainage. Will you need to include a drain behind the wall or have you reconfigured your Brisbane landscape to change water direction?

Once the groundwork is laid, get building!
  Of course, building a retaining wall can be a lot of work and sometimes the job is too big for the average home landscaper. The team at Blade Landscape Designs can help you from initial designs all the way through to construction. Contact us to find out more. 

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