The Ultimate Handyman builds retaining walls all over Los Angeles

If you are located within the greater Los Angeles areas, give us a call with some basic info:

1) How many feet of retaining wall,

2) Approximate Height

and we can give you an approximate cost.

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Steel reinforced concrete retaining wall, wood forms ready to pour. The Ultimate Handyman will help you choose the kind of retaining wall your property needs.

Steel reinforced concrete retaining wall, wood forms ready to pour. The Ultimate Handyman will help you choose the kind of retaining wall your property needs.

A well planned and executed  retaining wall brings the best out of the useful space of your lot. What was once a steep slope, can be transformed into a strip of leveled oasis. Call us now and we deal with all the planning, permits, drawings, execution and inspections. All you have to do is sign the dotted line.

Don’t get put off by our name. We are proud to maintain the same name that started it all.  Our founder started all the way down on the bottom of the totem pole and worked his way up in construction one step at the time. For this reason we know all that could go wrong and correct situations accordingly before it is a problem. The owner himself is still involved in each project visiting job sites being the best quality control that you could ever imagine.  His humble beginnings and values created a solid infrastructure of devoted employees, subs, suppliers and friends that are able to compete and easily win from the best constructions companies in the USA.

We provide outstanding service, personalized consultations, and partner with the best professionals in each trade. This partnership allows us to provide first-class work at unbeatable prices. Who wouldn’t want to have quality AND low prices?

 

Retaining wall. We all need something to lean on.

Do you need to hold back soil surrounding an excavation? Don’t rely on fly-by-nighters: We will build you a retaining wall to support vertical grade changes, prevent soil erosion and downward slope movement, or make landscaping tiers. We use the most common building materials for this application as masonry, interlocking blocks, natural stone, interlocked bricks, reinforced concrete with steel rebars, timber, and steel I beams among other specially designed configurations.

A retaining wall opens up space for a nice wood deck

No matter the size of the retaining wall, constructing it requires a lot of engineering, we partner with a group of engineers that have the art of designing retaining walls refinet to a “T”.

 

 

Retaining wall stability is enhanced by sloping the wall’s face to create a setback or batter. A gravity retaining wall relies on its own weight to hold back the forces of the soil, and the internal leverage of earth pressure can be quite significant. We never just slap together a wall – our engineers determine location, size, slope, drainage systems, concrete density, and steel reinforcement, based on soil reports and your specific needs.

 

Block retaining walls can give that extra support you need adding an interesting look. Give us a call to discuss the possibilities of your situation.

Block retaining walls can give that extra support you need adding an interesting look. Give us a call to discuss the possibilities of your situation.

 

retaining wall backset blocks

The Ultimate Handyman is a Construction and Maintenance Company that provides General Contractor services to Los Angeles and many adjacent Cities.

 

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Types and components of Retaining Walls click here

 

In the late 70's and early 80's, Los Angeles contractors used to build unreinforced cinderblock retaining walls. Earthquakes have taken care of all of them, but here is a rare instance where the wall survived.

In the late 70′s and early 80′s, Los Angeles contractors used to build unreinforced cinderblock retaining walls. Earthquakes have taken care of all of them, but here is a rare instance where the wall survived.

We are located smack dab in the middle of the action where retaining walls are most needed in Hollywood Hills. We are surrounded by the most sought-after real state in the United States. Hollywood Hills and Beverly Hills besides being the most desirable land in the USA it is also very hilly. We have been making the land usable by building retaining walls in all the steepest hills in our neighborhoods and we are able to obey and follow the most stringent regulations for retaining wall building.

 

Tree roots pushing against a retaining wall is one of the most common problems with unreinforced cinderblock retaining walls.

Tree roots pushing against a retaining wall is one of the most common problems with unreinforced cinderblock retaining walls.

It is no luck that we have worked for the best of the best and served directly or indirectly many superstars that keep residences in this part of town on top of hillsides in Hollywood hills, Beverly Hills, Belair and other hilly neighborhoods. We build retaining walls to accommodate any need. We can build a heavy-duty steel reinforced wall or a wood retaining wall for less slopped hills. We have been building retaining walls in this part of town for so long that we already have all the contacts with city officials, and the professionals to accomplish any size construction.

 

We can build retaining walls to make useful space in your yard, build a retaining wall to reinforce the slope around the foundation in order to add a second story to an existing structure, build an underground retaining wall to help excavation for building very effective wine cellars, reinforce existing retaining walls or anything else you may need when it comes to retaining walls.

 

Call us and we will meet with you, determine your needs, find you the right engineer, soil reports, draw all the plans, obtain all the permits, build to specs, preside all the required inspections and paperwork, and get the finals and if required, the certificate of occupancy. All you have to do is walk in and enjoy it. No concerns, no headaches, no doubts, a great retaining wall to meet your needs.

 

Call us and request an appointment with the owner of this company to discuss your retaining wall needs. Yes, deal directly with the owner! He will actually show up at your door to discuss your project.

 

The Ultimate Handyman Installs Carpentry fences above retaining walls to complete the looks.

The Ultimate Handyman can hide a retaining wall making it look as a fence or a backyard wall.

We are a Construction Company that also provides General Contractor services in Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and many other adjacent cities. We have professionals of every construction trade to assist you in the completion of any construction, repair, remodel, additions, installations, and maintenance projects.

 

Our craftsmen will perform an amazing job and you will be 100% satisfied.

 

wood retaining wall

The Ultimate Handyman is a Construction and Maintenance Company that provides General Contractor services to Los Angeles and many adjacent Cities.

It will look pretty much like this.

Wood retaining walls look pretty much like this.

We know the formula for success:

 

+ 1) Integrity, Respect, and Honesty on every relationship,

+ 2) Keeping your goals in mind with thoughtful decisions, ethical choices, superior craftsmanship,

+ 3) Utilizing our resourcefulness and responsiveness to achieve your goals

Outstanding results and your Satisfaction.

 

Our company’s  main goal is to provide quality services at unbeatable prices to satisfy our clients.

We will get better at it daily as we learn your needs and learn to fulfill them as a partner.

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Any garden on a slope in order to be layered needs a mini concrete retaining wall that will divide the flat areas, maintain the soil in its place and make the exterior of the house look well designed.

Any garden on a slope in order to be layered needs a mini concrete retaining wall that will divide the flat areas, maintain the soil in its place and make the exterior of the house look well designed.

 

The Ultimate Handyman in Los Angeles, CA, has provided the very best in high-end retaining wall construction, retaining wall maintenance and repair to area residents since 1995. So take advantage of our valuable expertise and unbeatable prices, and call us today at 323-651-0635.


When you hire the Ultimate Handyman, you’ll get a team of friendly, helpful construction workers and office personnel who will guide you through your entire project, from the first step to the last. We are 100% committed to your ultimate satisfaction. We hire only the finest in professional craftsmen fully licensed as field employees. And the project managers and engineers together form a team with almost 150 years of collective construction and engineering experience, with a deep love for intricate projects.
Our passion and dedication show through in our work, whether you need minor crack repair work or want to add a roll of retaining walls. Whatever the nature of your retaining wall needs, no job is too big or too small for the Ultimate Handyman. We work hard to cultivate a reputation of integrity, respect and honesty amongst all our clients, and there’s no better reward than repeat business and positive word of mouth.
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This is a good answer regarding retaining walls in between neighbors:

If you have a problem with your neighbor’s retaining wall, you first must try to contact the owner of your neighboring property and address your concerns. (Although you most probably shouldn’t be offering to pay to build a new wall! That’s your neighbor’s responsibility.) But I’d be plenty upset too if I had to look at a badly maintained retaining wall about to collapse into my property. I’d also be concerned about just how safe that wall really is, especially in a region prone to mudslides and earthquakes.

Consulting a Real State layer is what I advise, but I could also suggests that you contact the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, and pursue the repair work as a code violation. Your neighbor may be pretty upset to receive a visit from an inspector based on a complaint. Most likely your neighbor will have a clue of who complained even if the LABDS doesn’t release your name.

The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety’s site is:

http://www.ci.la.ca.us

On their site they state:

“Our Mission: To preserve and enhance the safety, appearance and economic stability of our community through the diligent enforcement of applicable ordinances and land use regulations. If you wish to register a complaint regarding any of the issues described below, please call 888-LA-4-BUILD (888-524-2845).”

The department should be able to tell you if the patchwork material your neighbor has used to build a new wall, “old plywood and old metal
roofing,” is acceptable under Los Angeles’s safety code. They’ll also likely send out an inspector to check the wall and any related paperwork acquired by your neighbor from an engineering company or by the contractors who built it.

The matter may be resolved then and there, if the wall doesn’t meet code.

The potential problem for you, of course, is what if this god-awful, ugly wall actually meets L.A. safety code standards.

I searched for county codes by using: ”Los Angeles safety code ‘retaining wall’” and I found this page from the aforementioned Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, regarding retaining walls:

http://cityplanning.lacity.org/Code_Studies/Other/Retaining_Walls.pdf
This material is very technical, and was clearly written by and for engineers. However, glancing at it might give you *some* idea if your neighbor’s wall conforms to code.

I also found this case, “Request For Alternate Material Or Method Of Construction” in the matter of a “Retaining Wall Built With Unapproved Materials”:

 

In the above case the property owner asked that a 1-foot high retaining wall, built with “wood” and “rubble,” be allowed to “remain onsite without obtaining a building permit and calling for department inspections.”

The property owner was granted that request, but with this caveat:
THE OWNER SHALL FILE AN AFFIDAVIT WITH THE COUNTY RECORDER’S ACKNOWLEDGING THAT THE WALL WAS BUILT WITHOUT PERMIT AND CITY INSPECTIONS, AND THE OWNER AGREES TO HOLD THE CITY HARMLESS FROM ANY DAMAGE TO THIS PROPERTY AS A RESULT OF ANY FAILURE/PROBLEM FROM THIS WALL.B. SHOULD THE WALL SHOW ANY SIGNS OF DISTRESS OR FAILURE, IT SHALL BE REPLACED WITH A CODE-CONFORMING WALL UNDER VALID BLDG.PERMIT AND WITH REQUIRED DEPT. INSPECTIONS, OR THE WALL SHALL BE REMOVED AND THE SITE SHALL BE RESTORED TO ITS ORIGINAL CONTOURS.”

If you’re on speaking terms with your neighbor, you may want to let him know that if that wall collapses and your property is damaged, he will be completely liable. It might even be worth paying a lawyer a couple of hundred bucks to write such a letter on your behalf. Yes, your neighbor will be ticked, but he’ll eventually simmer down, and he may realize that he can either spend a few thousand now to have a proper concrete wall constructed, or he can potentially face tens of thousands in legal fees, should that wall collapse and damage your – or someone else’s — property.

If your neighbor’s fence somehow manages to meet safety code requirements, it’s possible you could then fight this battle on aesthetic grounds. Many zoning laws address aesthetics, as well as safety, particularly in cities — and neighborhoods — with solid property values.

As you probably know, Los Angeles has overhauled its zoning bureaucracy over the past few years. Frankly, I had a terrible time finding information on zoning in Los Angeles. I did find this page on zoning ordinances at the Department of Building and Safety’s site:

http://www.ladbs.org/Zoning/Zoning_Info/zoning_info.htm

You can also approach the Los Angeles city council and seek their help regarding aesthetic and safety issues related to the wall:
http://www.lacity.org

That page also lists a directory of council members for each district within Los Angeles. You should e-mail the council member who represents your neighborhood.

I also searched using the term: legal dispute neighbor “retaining wall,” and I found this July 24,1998, “Alan’s Law” column (written by attorney Alan Seher) from Napa, CA’s “Wine County Weekly’s Real Estate Reader,” at:
(This link was removed by their website but we copied and pasted the old article below)

Scroll down to the second letter, which begins: “Dear Alan, We have had an ongoing dispute over a property line for over a year with our neighbor of 10 years. Although the issue of where the property line has been resolved . . . the neighbor has erected an unsightly wall
using 2″ x 8″‘s staggered down the hill. We are not certain whether this may have been called a retaining wall or if it is being called a fence.”

You’ll see that the letter goes on to address encroachment, as well as aesthetics. (The letter writer lives in a gated community that is governed by a homeowner’s association. But the fundamentals of meeting code, investigation, and resolution remain pretty much the same.)

In his answer, Seher notes the long history of the “spite fence” (!) and advises, “The next level of investigation is with your local government, whether it be a city or county. Both the building department and the planning department have a say in the building of a fence. The building department makes sure that the fence is up to current building codes and standards. If it is a retaining wall, sometimes engineered plans are needed. The planning department regulates things like the height of the fences, setback requirements, and may sometimes regulate aesthetics.”

Seher ends by saying if all else fails, the complainant will have to hire a real estate attorney to settle the matter over his neighbor’s wall. You will have to do the same, if neither the county or city government can help you.

You can also contact the Los Angeles County Bar, which runs an arbitration program that settles disputes between neighbors. You can read an article about the process “Arbitrate, Don’t Litigate, Your Neighbor Disputes,” at Yahoo.com’s “Finance Center”:
(this link was moved too! We hate to be re-researching too, so we removed this link. Its their loss, we want everything here to be accurate)

See the L.A. County Bar’s Dispute Resolution Services (DRS) site at:
http://www.lacba.org/showpage.cfm?pageid=23
and scroll down to “Community Services: This community mediation project helps people settle conflicts which may result in court action
. . . .”