A hardscape by definition is a man-made feature used in landscape that is opposite of vegetation. These include sidewalks, walkways, and patios. Materials include: concrete, pavers, wall blacks, tile, and more. As the desire to be outside increases so the need to create an enjoyable outdoor living space that can be used throughout the year. You might be looking to add a walking path to get from one outdoor space to the other. Here are some tips To consider as you take on the task of paving your walkway.
Designing a Space to Suit Your Needs
Hardscapes will last for years and enhances the look your outdoor living area while adding space and increasing the functionality. You can design your hardscape to fit any look and any space. The design process is very important. It is in this stage that you choose the location and materials. You can select additions to add beauty. By planning what you want your hardscape to look like early on, you can void running into costly mistakes farther along in the process.
Tip 1 – What Are You Using This Space For?
The backyard tends to be a place to gather in private, whereas the front is easily viewed by people passing by. Another space is referred to as the service area. This is where you keep your trash cans and recycling bins. With all of this in mind, decide which area needs a pathway the most and go from there.
Tip 2 – Narrow Your Possibilities
Think about a general idea of what each area will be used for. This will help you choose which materials to use. If you’re creating a pathway around your pool, choose a smooth concrete or exposed aggregate.
Tip 3 – Decide On The Shape, Size, and Supplies
Create your list of tools and materials needed to complete the project. Assess the need for drainage, make note of slopes, and review local regulations to determine whether or not any restrictions apply. Some places require permits before adding a hardscape. This is complicated… so we advise using a professional landscape designer and installer.
Tip 4 – Choose Your Materials Based On Availability
You may be limited to what is available at local stores but if you desire more than what you can find there, contact a professional. Professionals sometimes have additional resources and can offer advice when it comes to the tools and knowledge required for the project. We’ve seen many Do-It-Yourself projects end in total failure so we suggest you use a professional landscape designer to source your materials.
Tip 5 – Consider The Budget
Set a budget and buy materials accordingly. There are materials to meet almost any budget. Do you need to rent tools or heavy machinery? What material do you need for the base of the hardscape? How much much will it cost to delivery materials? Create an expense sheet to keep you on budget. Even better, hire a professional landscaper to complete the project right the first time. Check their previous work and get multiple quotes.
Install Your Hardscape Feature
Adding hardscape is way to get the most of your outdoor space and increase the value of your home. Hardscapes are a mixture of engineering and art, so use an experienced and professional landscaper for best results.
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About D2 Landscaping & Outdoor
D2 Landscaping is one of the fastest-growing landscaping company in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area. We are a local and family-owned landscaping company offering a variety of landscape services, from new installations and complete renovations, to simple improvements. Whether you want to add a few trees and shrubs to compliment your existing landscape, or a complete makeover with outdoor living areas, our team can transform your outdoor dreams into reality. We pride ourselves in offering timely and professional services with highly trained personnel. We use superior advanced products along with precise installation techniques to guarantee your perfect vision. Our high level of standards continue to produce the best quality product resulting in glowing client testimonials, referrals, and customer loyalty.
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