Spring-Project (Mission)-Install a Hardscape into Your Home’s Outdoor Space. Good for you! Hardscapes can add beauty, value to your home and also extend your outdoor living seasons!
While hardscapes are a great addition to any home, the installation process can be a little daunting. With a little planning, some helpful tips and elbow grease … you’ll be enjoying your new outdoor living space in no time!
Begin By Developing a Plan
When creating your hardscape, make sure your plans encompass the entire area, even if you’re not using all of it. Grab a pencil. If you sketch out the whole yard. Full site planning also helps with consistent design flow. For instance, say you’re putting in a firepit. Three years down the road you may want to install a back porch. If you don’t plan for this space, you’re going to run into issues… the back porch may not be possible with the firepit’s size and location, or may look odd if the firepit isn’t properly placed.
In your sketch, be sure to note key elements, like your home, garage or that favorite bed of roses. Be cognizant of view lines from various places in and outside the home. Don’t forget, your hardscape is also enjoyed from inside the home looking out your windows! You don’t want to look out your living room window and see the back of your trash area…. so be aware of where you situate items.
Gardens and yard areas provide a nice balance to hardscapes. Gardens can provide a snap of color, a whiff of fragrance and invite new birds or etc to your outdoor space. Visit a local garden shop, landscape designer or architect for helpful tips and insight into your home’s unique growing concerns.
Determine Your Budget
Do you hear dark, scary organ music and envision your money blowing by in a wind storm every time you think of building a hardscape? No need to be scared! Sitting down and determining your budget helps you make a lot of decisions about how to proceed with your hardscape. For example, can you build out the whole yard space? Or, would it be easier and less expensive for you to break your hardscape endeavor into smaller projects over a period of say 2 years? Will you hire a contractor or do the work yourself? Budget can also help you determine which materials to use. Don’t forget though, sacrificing quality in the beginning can mean heavy expenses in the end.
Having trouble qualifying your budget? Keep in mind that a gorgeous hardscape can easily raise the value of your home, boost your curb appeal an increase neighbor envy! Get a professional appraiser to estimate the value added to your house by installing a patio or outdoor space, and you’ll be astonished! You may just find that you want to spend a little bit more on the hardscape area.
Selecting Your Materials
Consider resilience and style when picking your materials . Are you going for a rustic design? If so, consider integrating wood into your landscape design. Be cautious though, wood will require upkeep and is prone to weathering…especially in Montana elements! If you’re looking for a more build it and leave it approach to your outdoor space, you may want to choose a more durable material. Explore wall products and features at www.andersonsmasonry.com
You should also be attentive of your home’s character. Do the pavers and wall you adore match your home’s design? Keep in mind, if you’re not hardscaping everything at once, this will likely not be your only project. Choose hardscape materials that flawlessly compliment your home and can be continued through other hardscaping endeavors in the future. Also, select colors that will be readily available for years to come.
Prepare Your Outdoor Space
Prepping your land for hardscaping is the largest part of the installation process. Hire a hardscape professional to assist, if you don’t feel confident doing this preparation or installation yourself.
A solid foundation is needed for hardscape projects, and may ensure the longevity of your design. Correct compaction of soil gives your foundation strength, and helps thwart settlement.
CAUTION- Be aware of where utility and etc lines are. Call before you dig if necessary. Knowing this before you start digging may help you avoid costly and potentially dangerous expenses.
Lastly, planning for water runoff will help avoid issues in the future. Ideally, runoff water should be contained for site use if possible. Consider building shallow ditches to collect surface runoff and provide irrigation for your yard and garden. As they say, two birds…
Grab a Cup of Lemonade and Relax
The hardscape installation process might not be the most dazzling part of your new hardscape, but with a little preparation, you’ll soon be enjoying your backyard retreat!
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