Do You Want To Take On Hardscaping? Here Are Some Tips!

January 22, 2015

Good hardscaping provides a sense of timeless beauty while leading you through the landscape. It is a fact that a well-planned hardscaping design adds an appealing and attractive look to your area. Whenever you decide to beautify your outdoor space, it is very important that you plan and research carefully before you start the project. This is the only way of achieving your hardscaping goals. Here are some simple tips to keep in mind before creating hardscaping, which you are going to love for years to come.

 

  • Nature and its elements

When you determine the functions and layout of your space or yard, remember to consider incorporating the Mother Nature’s unpredictable elements, which may be critical at times. It is easy to get engrossed in the designs of hardscaping and neglect the part nature has to play.

  • Safety measures

Firstly, you should check out the quality and strength of the base materials you are going to use in hardscaping. Otherwise, you may have the risk of wobbly retentive wall, cracking of materials, which might eventually break up after some years. Secondly, you should contact your local building authorities and talk to an inspector or seek assistance from Landscape and Nursery Association in your locality.

  • Orientation of the sun

Determining the direction of seating and the placement of the objects in hardscaping can be tricky, but observing the orientation of the sun can help you to come to a conclusion. This is of utmost importance and must be given attention.

  • Rainwater

Always try to include permeable kind of hardscaping that allows downward oozing of water into the ground. Hard flooring does not soak up the water that might remain stagnant over time attracting various pollutants.

Incorporate a slope or slightly slanting floor to your patio if you are having one. This is how you can easily avoid pooling of rainwater within during the rainy season. Make sure you install a good drainage system beforehand if you are in an area that experiences a lot of rain. Underground pipes and above ground drains with grating ensures drying of hardscaping with continuous flowing away of the rainwater.

  • Placement of plants

Placement of plants is of utmost importance as well. It would be a foolish thing to do if you plan them in a random manner without studying the plants. Plants that need to be facing light or require to be frequently watered should be designated to an appropriate place where they can easily survive and meet their needs. Floral accents can be cornered to a place near the patio to enhance the beauty of the area.

  • Mulching

In areas where there is a need to conserve moisture for plants and reduce growth of weed, a layer of mulch over the surface is highly recommended. It not only enhances the visual appeal of the area but also improves the fertility and health of the soil underneath.

  • Materials depicting style

Choose a style for your hardscaping that can be either formal or relaxed. Describe your vision in a two or three words sentence and cling to it. According to the style, choose the materials that compliment your home’s interior as well as exterior, and that looks visually creative and coordinate with one another.

  • Using fences

Hardscaping must be given importance because it can add value to your home and give your space a luxurious look. Hardscaping is very popular these days and potential buyers look for such elements when purchasing a property. When planning for hardscape design, you must make special arrangements to ensure privacy. Fences can be a good option because it offers safety for both pets and children. Fences can also be used for defining property line and sectioning off areas well. For instance you can separate the area for floral and vegetable garden with fences.

  • Planning ahead for long term

Plan your entire space for hardscaping before designing a single element. This helps you to avoid later disappointments. Building a patio that you later discover to be obstructing or barring the installation of a barbeque or a pond may add to your setback. If you plan ahead of having an area that is large enough for barbeque, decide how much space you require for your countertop and area for eating.

Always buy extra material than you have estimated you would require. It is always easy to add extra stones to your steps or design a few accents instead of running short of the material required for your main project.

  • Get expert advice

It is always better to discuss your plans and take advice from professional hardscaping consultants before you plunge into it yourself. If you do opt to hire a hardscaping designer or contractor, get references and recommendations for the best results. There are now hardscaping services and solutions provided in many localities so all you have to do is to conduct a search online to find a worthy provider.

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