A nice hardscape design is not only the favorite part of a home for many people, but it can also actually increase a home's curb appeal (and subsequent value) by as much as 20%. But while it may seem as simple as putting down some stones for a walkway or wall, there's actually a lot more that goes into a proper plan.
If you're considering a new look for your home, know this: you're almost always better trusting a hardscape contractor for the job. Should you attempt it on your own though, here's a look at three of the biggest mistakes you'll want to avoid.
Mistake #1: Not accounting for water and drainage
Even if you don't have a designed water feature as a part of your hardscape, you still need to take water into account. How? Drainage. You need to make sure your design not only takes natural rain into account and cycles water through to your plants, but that it drains properly. If you don't make sure water runs away from your home properly, you could actually end up with a design that damages it. And if your yard doesn't drain properly, it could be a perpetual soggy mess. Trust a professional that knows how to exactly plan for the slope of your yard.
Mistake #2: Not planning for permanence
There's not too much that's temporary when it comes to hardscapes. Whether it's putting down a pathway or building a wall, you need to make sure you're planning for things to last a long time. A lot of people who do things on their own plan a pathway "just for now," only to see that once everything is built out, there's not a lot of moving. You don't have to build your hardscape plan all at once, and you can let it grow as you live in your home, but always plan for the future.
Mistake #3: Going too big from the start
When laying out new hardscaping, many people want to purchase large plants to make a yard look more "mature." But those plants come at a price. They're significantly more expensive compared to smaller plants. And often, you'll find that letting a plant grow from a smaller stage will let it better acclimate to your soil, producing a better-looking adult plant.
In short, remember that while it may look fairly simple, there's a lot of planning that goes into designing a hardscape. And if you don't have any experience in that area, you're almost always better trusting someone that does.
For more information, contact a local hardscape contractor.
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