Yesterday we finished the chimney for http://kingfishcabin.com and our next project is a stone retaining wall in the Daisy Ridge development of Valle Crucis. The owner had a wall built from pressure treated 6X6 and it was rotten and starting to fail after 15 years. Our job is to replace the wall and build a smaller wall to stop water from flowing down a set of steps during a flood.
Establishing the footing course. We use the biggest, roughest rocks in the footing because they provide a solid base for the rest of the wall. The white fabric is a soil separator I use to keep dirt out of my gravel so water drains freely through the wall. Also we use the scrap stone from trimming as fill because it settles and moves less than gravel.
Franklin Smith, owner Living Stone Masonry and general stone enthusiast