Retaining Walls are one of the most important structures in Los Angeles Hillside Construction, outside of Caissons (a blog post for the future)!
Having sold vacant land in Los Angeles for over two decades, I have seen many different retaining walls. Keep in mind, the Los Angeles Building Department is quite strict on making sure that the hillside properties do not slide down the hill. Not sure if you remember that in 1995, 1998 as well as the 2005 in Laguna Beach there were these huge Land Slides and many homes were lost. Had they had stricter building codes for 'Retaining Walls' these homes that ended up sliding down the hill could might have been saved and a disaster or two could have been avoided.
In spite of these events the building codes only focus on New Construction Homes in Los Angeles or if you are trying to do some upgrading, then they will get involved. In other words, if you want to add a Pool or a larger Deck to your home then they will get involved. Another way is if you decide to do an addition. These are all going to trigger a more protective requirement from the Los Angeles Building and Safety Department.
Older homes that do not have any additions will not be sending a ‘red flags' to the Building Department, hence there are many different quality retaining walls you might find in your travels.
In my opinion, the most important consideration should be to focus on the proper design and installation of the retaining walls. After all gravity is a powerful source and the purpose of the retaining wall is to prevent material aka construction or dirt to move down slope.
Just to give you an idea, I noticed these various retaining walls near my latest land listing, hence I was inspired to share with you. Now just for fun, you tell me which one of these retaining walls would you prefer if you had a house above it.
I will simply post these pictures in my post and will number them, so you can make comments and just address the one you would like to have for your own home.
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