Hardscaping is a relatively new craze in the home improvement/home construction industry. It essentially refers to anything done around the exterior of the home that is not plant or garden related, meaning outdoor living spaces, structures, etc. More specifically, it refers to "hard" materials such as stone pavers, brick, stamped concrete, etc.
The best way to add perspective to the term is to think of it in direct contrast to landscaping - one describes improvement to the outdoor area of your home in terms of plants, gardening, lawn and more. Hard scaping refers to walls, pathways, structures, outdoor living spaces and more.
Hardscaping is one of the best ways to add a great deal of re-sale value to your home. It raises curb appeal, which is a hot topic in today's real estate market. No longer do homeowners simply have the luxury of worrying about what the interior of their home looks like they must now consider the exterior and how much curb appeal they have during the selling process. It also makes your outdoor living space more liveable and usable.
Additionally, hardscaping simply adds luxury and convenience to the outdoor areas of your home. In many instances, these types of projects are incorporated into the design of the home during the building process. This allows a hardscaping contractor to get a feel for exactly what the homeowner is looking for and the best way to combine landscaping and hard-scaping together to create an amazing outdoor living space.
This is best because contractors are experts when it comes to the best kinds of materials to use around the exterior of your home and what to choose that will be cosmetically appealing, but still fit within the confines of your budget. A company that specializes in this type of work can also help with brainstorming ideas and handling the design and planning phases.
You may look at a hardscaping project and think it looks like an easy do-it-yourself project, but a hardscaping contractor will consider all of the elements you might not be aware of, such as how the material you want holds up in this particular climate, how long the material will last, how durable it is, etc. For this reason, it is best to consult with an expert.
If you want a deck or patio to be added to your home, it may be best to contact a contractor who specializes in hard materials for outdoor projects to assist you in determining cost, materials and construction options. This is also true of homeowners building an outdoor living space from scratch.
To understand what is possible for your yard and to be sure that whatever you have planned works well with the structure of your yard and the existing landscaping, consult a contractor who has knowledge in hard-scaping to get some ideas and work with you on what is possible in creative terms and most cost-effective for your individual budget.
However, some homeowners still choose to turn these kinds of ventures into DIY projects, which is fine for small-scale hardscaping ideas. For example, if you are looking to install a small walkway of rocks or bricks in your yard, this relatively easy hardscaping project can be done in a weekend. The materials are easy to handle and there is little in the way of installation.
Hardscape is often overlooked when homeowners decide it's time for new landscaping. Your walkway is the first part of your home that visitors will actually experience, so spending time to plan one that fits your home just right is key to having a beautiful yard. Using the right pavers, concrete and stone can add texture and strength to your home's already pleasing setup. Be sure to speak with a local professional about all of your home's options.
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A beautifully hardscaped yard can be accomplished fairly easily as long as you plan ahead. First visit your local landscaping or rock distribution center to choose rocks that will accent your home and garden. Be sure to include both small and large stones to add variety to you new lawn. You can have larger rocks for building retaining walls delivered directly to your home. Be sure to dig a flat base before starting any stone stacking. Draw out a diagram of your lawn if that helps you visualize exactly where you want to put your new hardscape. If you need help, be sure to contact some local hardscaping contractors.
Hint: Be sure to lift heavy rocks with your legs to avoid hurting your back.
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