When planning a hardscape installation, there are a variety of things that you need to plan for to make the process smooth and easy. With an outdoor hardscape space, you can create a functional and entertaining area of your home while also boosting your home’s curb appeal.
While a hardscape is a stunning addition to any home, the installation process and planning of your space can be difficult. At the Treesdale Landscape Company, we’ve put together the tips and information you need to make your hardscape planning and design seamlessly.
Start By Researching and Developing a Plan for Your Hardscape
Like with any project, the first step is to have a plan. You should start your research by looking through websites, online galleries, and magazines. As you are viewing these photos, make a note of the colors, textures, styles, and projects that catch your eye.
While researching, you also need to take the architectural style of your home and the topography of your yard into consideration as you set your goals for your project. While a hardscape project can be done in phases, it’s crucial to design the space entirely, even if you don’t plan to roll out the entire hardscape immediately. By planning your entire design for the space, you can avoid issues down the road when it comes to adding on to the hardscape project.
As you plan your design, you will want to plan out all the major features in your design and note the view of the hardscape from inside and outside of your home. You don’t want to look at your window only to have your view completely blocked by a firepit or pergola.
You also want to account for green space in your design. Gardens and grass are integral parts of your landscape design, providing respite in the hot summer and a place for children to play. They also enhance your outdoor space with pops of color.
By having a design for the entire project before you break ground, you can ensure everyone is on the same page and can save you more time and money in the long run.
Determining Setting Your Budget for Your Project
By determining your budget, you will be able to make more informed decisions about your project. Knowing your budget will help you determine whether you can build out the entire project at once or if you will be better off rolling out your hardscape installation in phases with smaller elements such as building out your patio and then next season adding on a fireplace.
Your budget will also be affected by whether you decide to do some work yourself or if you will work with a professional for all phases. The budget can also determine what materials you choose to use for your project.
What Materials Should I Choose for My Hardscape?
Budget plays a role in this decision, but it is not the only consideration to make when choosing hardscape materials. You also need to choose materials that are stylish yet durable. You also want to consider the look you are trying to achieve. For a natural look, you could add wood materials to your design, whereas, if you are looking for something more low maintenance, you might consider natural stone or concrete pavers.
When choosing materials, be sure to look at your home’s:
- Color palette
- Exterior materials
Make sure the materials you choose to match or complement the style and color of your home.
What to Look for in a Hardscape Contractor
When searching for a contractor, it’s important to shop around for at least three quotes. It is also important to remember that you don’t necessarily choose the lowest bid but rather choose the bid with the contractor who best understands your needs and has the skills to achieve your
In addition to shopping for quotes, be sure to ask the contractor for references and their portfolio. The best contractors will be able to assist you with:
- Material selection
- Project scheduling
Take your time when searching for a contractor, and be sure to vet them properly to ensure they have the experience and expertise to execute your hardscape installation. Homeowners in the Pittsburgh area can rely on the skills and experience of Treesdale Landscape company. From patios and fireplaces to outdoor kitchens and retaining walls, we’ve got you covered! Contact us today to learn more!
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