Now that we knew the rough wall height and wall length (property line length) we used the incredibly easy AB Estimating Tool that we downloaded from allanblock.com. When using this great tool, I had to remember to add a little to the wall height for the buried block. You can also use this estimate to calculate the amount of wall rock and infill soil you will need. Don’t forget to consider equipment rental such as a skid steer, plate compactor, diamond saw and maybe even a wet saw for cutting caps at the end. It all adds up and if you plan ahead you will limit the surprises to your budget during the process.
How about staging the material? I think a lot of do-it-yourselfers like me, forget that with a project of this magnitude you need to store/stage a lot of material. Our project had 23 pallets of Allan Block, 3 truckloads of washed wall rock and 1 truck load of sand, drain piping and geogrid. We also had to have a place to store the spoil, or the earth that we removed during the excavation of the hillside. This was a huge pile that was there from day one until the end of the project when it was used as topsoil backfill. Because we had a good plan for all the materials, the neighbors were surprised we had space to actually build the wall!