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Question DetailsAsked on 11/13/2013

how much would a split face block wall per foot

What will a 5ft tall, 75ft long split face block wall cost

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Typically $10-20/SF assuming your subsoil conditions are not real bad - if you are going 5 feet high in one single lift, then you definitely need a reinforced concrete footer and deliberate back drainage, which puts you towards the hgiher end on cost. If you are able to step it back in two lifts, per square foot cost should drop closer to $10/SF.

I would recommend you realize this type of wall DOES move around some, and tends to tilt forward, so for appearance sake I would recommend having it tilted back about 5 degrees, not only so it will look better if it does tilt forward a bit, but also a perfectly verticall wall actually gives an optical illusion that it is tilting forward. For that long a wall, if feasible I would also incorporate curves or bumpouts or recesses every 10 feet or so to break it up visually, because for a runn longer than about 20 feet every variation in it over time WILL look VERY obvious, and detract from appearance and house resale value.

If you are going 5 feet in one lift, I would really recommend looking at a counterfort or cantilevered concrete retaining wall instead, for longer life and better overall ability to resist tilting. You can get some very nice surface effects with an exposed aggregate watercut surface or special surface-treated or patterned effect on the exposed face. However, you are looking at more like $30-40/SF typically, but a life of 40+ years versus typically 5-15 years bedfore a block wall starts looking poorly, with normal construction.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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