Adding hardscape to your home can happen in many different ways. It can be as simple as adding a stone walkway to your entrance, or as intricate as building an outdoor patio and kitchen. With all the options available, it is almost guaranteed you will find a hardscaping project to suit your needs (and your wallet!) that will last for years to come. Read on for some tips of how to select what it right for you.
First and foremost, you will want to look over your entire property and landscape- even if you only want to add one area of hardscape. Many people will choose to add onto their hardscape overtime, so you will want to think how your current project will be affected in the long run. It’s just like building a house; you wouldn’t consider just building one room without thinking ahead of how it could affect the rest of the house.
One of the most common problems with hardscape design is drainage. You will want to consider how runoff could be affected by the hardscape, especially if you are including a wall. Otherwise, this could pose problems for you in the future, like flooding or erosion. One idea is to include the water runoff into your design, like a fountain, rather than having to place a drainage pipe.
When choosing your design, you will also want to consider the natural lines and curves of the landscape. If you get caught up in the idea that you want a straight line in the middle of a wavy landscape, it could look out of place. Walk around the area and think about how you can naturally work a hardscape into the existing contours.
Hardscape materials include concrete, stone, wood, brick, and pavers. To choose the material that is right for you, consider what style hardscape you want. Be sure to match the style to your home so that it flows together. For example, it would probably not make sense to put a formal, extravagant entryway in front of a rustic log cabin. You should also choose more than one material or color, taking note that they complement each other and your home.
Although you may think you want to do-it-yourself, it is truly in your best interest to call a professional. They have knowledge and experience to do the job correctly. They will make sure they have the correct amount of material, drainage will be properly addressed, and the structure will be stable. This ensures you that fewer problems will arise in the future so that it will last you for many more years to come.