The Barbecue Retaining Wall

Above is the finished product.  The house next door is up about two feet in elevation from the cement patio.  When it rains, or when my neighbors (nice people) forget to turn off their irrigation, I get a big flood here.  This wall shunts the water to the left (large raised garden), or to the right (smaller bed of lantana vine).  My barbecue grill sits inside this nook.

The area was pretty ugly before, bare cement, rotten wood, and an all around eyesore.  This is my prep work before I set the concrete block.

The first step is the concrete block wall.

Then I add tile, with a band of iridescent glass to spice it up.

Then it gets capped with a nice looking stone.  I don’t remember what this is called, but it is a type of schist with a lot of mica in it.  The glass shows up nicely in this pic as well.

So, now I have a nice place to grill my eggplant!

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