October 7th, 2010 by Tim Leave a reply »

We are currently busy constructing a natural pool which I promise to post some articles about, however I though it might be interesting to show you what we did to solve two of our problems:

First was to find a cost effective way to hide away the very ugly precast concrete (Vibracrete) wall, the second being to try find a use for the copious amount of stones that came out of the pool excavation.

We hit on the idea of using a Gabion basket to create a dry packed stone look as the base to a wooden screen wall – because of space constraints we used a reno mattress (normally laid flat)  turned on its end. This reduced the thickness to 300mm but is only advisable if you can support it off something sound – in our case the existing wall.  The advantage of the Gabions is they are a wire basket that contain the stones, which means the stones don’t have to be as perfectly shaped as they would have been if it ws a conventional dry packed wall.

On top of the stones we installed a wooden screen constructed from Latte (basically treated alien saplings with diamter between 25 and 40mm).

Here is the wall about halfway constructed, the Vibracrete wall is visable to the left:

Gabion stone wall

Gabion stone wall

Some more pics now wall is complete:

Gabions and latte

Wall Complete Side View

Gabions and Latte Cladding

Wall Complete


1 comment

  1. Jaco Burger says:

    Hi there.

    I love this idea for covering the vibracrete. Would you be able to give me a rundown on what it worked out cost wise per meter more or less?

    And then if you would be so kind as to share your secret in doing it properly. Im moving into a new house and I would like to attempt this for the vibacrete in the back yard.

    Jaco Burger

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