Planning Your Next Hardscape Project
If you’re dreaming of a beautiful outdoor living space that’s ready for use this summer, then the time to start planning is now. Although it’s cold outside, mid to late winter is the best time to begin thinking about and actively planning your next outdoor hardscaping project. Depending upon the scope of the project, it may take several months before your vision of an outdoor living space is finally a reality. So whether you’re in need of retaining wall installation, stone walkways, a patio, or an outdoor kitchen for entertaining this summer, now is the time to get moving.
Hardscape Planning Steps
Once you’ve decided to make your project happen and have appointed a professional team to carry out the work, you’ll need to allot time for the following to do’s:
- Meet with design professionals to discuss your vision, assess the space, establish expected outcomes, determine budget, and create a project timeline.
Depending upon the scale of your project, this step may require several meetings to finalize plans. With the help of a design expert, determine the best location and layout of your hardscape. No matter what type of project you have in mind, you’ll want to plan thoroughly so that the end result complements your home and is pleasing to the eye.
- Review initial designs.
Once you meet to discuss all aspects of your project, the next step is to review the initial design ideas presented by your builder. Often times, this is a point where a homeowner makes additions and changes to the original plan, which extends the time before construction can begin. This is a necessary step in order to get exactly what you want, but it can cause some delay in work.
- Select materials.
Choosing the stone, tile, and other textiles and finishes for your outdoor space can be daunting, but it also allows you to create a unique space like no other. If you’re adding a large, multifaceted outdoor space, you’ll have quite a few decisions to make. You’ll need to set aside time to pick out these materials with the help of an expert who is experienced in hardscape design so that all elements tie together beautifully upon completion.
- Finalize design.
After making changes to your initial design and selecting materials, the final step before construction can begin is to finalize your hardscape design. You’ll need to confirm that the plan’s changes match your desires and approve them so that work can commence.
As you can see, the planning process that takes place prior to hardscape construction can be quite lengthy, and it’s not something you’ll want to tackle on your own. A smart move is to begin the process this winter so that your space is complete by the time warm weather rolls in. The professionals at A&N Lawn Services are experts in creating beautiful and functional hardscape designs. We see each project through from conception to construction, working with you to customize your outdoor space according to your specific vision. To begin the planning process for your next hardscaping project, contact A&N Lawn Services at 412-931-9230.