Adding hardscaping to your landscape is an ideal way to expand your home’s living area outdoors. Some hardscaping projects are smaller in scope and others are grand, taking significant planning and installation time. Regardless, when investing in an outdoor living installation it’s important to plan ahead. Let’s explore a few steps you can take now to help plan a successful hardscape installation that will be sure to add beauty, style, and value to your outdoor area.

Scope Out Your Scape

The first step to planning is assessing your current landscape. Consider the entirety of space available for your design, and then try to imagine any additions you might want over time: a patio, a pool, a fireplace, etc. Map out the area in your mind, on paper, and digitally if possible—or have a pro, like us, do it for you.

Set a Budget

Determining how much you want to spend will help you make the bulk of your project decisions. If you’re not ready to invest in a total back yard makeover, you could break it up into smaller projects. Keep in mind that a beautiful hardscape can easily raise the value of your home. You might find that raising your budget a little will pay off more in the long run.

Think Materials

While your budget could be a factor in this decision, it shouldn’t be the only consideration when selecting materials. You’ll want to consider style and durability. Choose materials that complement the current aesthetic of your home and can be continued through future hardscaping projects. Most importantly remember, hardscapes are a permanent fixture. Take your time in choosing your materials. You want to love your new space, and want it to last.

Talk to Pro

Once you have an idea of the look and features you want it’s time to get down to business. And by that, we mean the business of professional hardscaping installers. If your hardscape design is complex—and especially if it involves changing the existing landscape—you should call in the experts. A professional hardscaper can help with not only installation but a safe and stable excavation. Running into utility or plumbing lines during an install is no fun. And not considering your property’s unique drainage and runoff issues will cost you in the long run. A hardscape professional can help with all of this and more.

Hardscaping is an attractive feature and offers many appealing options, from a rustic stacked wall to a fully developed outdoor living room and kitchen. Whether your hardscaping is intended for purely aesthetic purposes or also to configure and organize your outdoor living space, you’re sure to find a more pleasing, proportional, and easy-to-maintain space once it’s installed. If you’re ready to plan your next hardscape project give us a call! We’d love to discuss how we can help.