Design Mistakes To Avoid When Hardscaping with Concrete Pavers
Professionally Installed Hardscaping and Concrete Pavers Will Add Value To Your Home
Professionally designed and installed hardscaping can be a wonderful addition to any home. It can add beauty and curb appeal, increase your usable space, connect indoor and outdoors, and add value when it comes time to sell your home.
Unfortunately, with the prevalence of home improvement shows on HGTV and DIY, many homeowners are opting to take a DIY approach. While there are many projects around the house that is within the reach of the average homeowners where DIY can save you time and money, hardscaping is best left to the professionals.
Professional design and installation can help you to avoid the common and costly hardscaping mistakes.
1. Improper Planning
If you have the budget, hardscaping can be done all at once. However, for many homeowners, their outdoor environment tends to evolve over time. One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when creating an outdoor living environment is not planning for the future.
Hardscaping is expensive and difficult to move. If you plan and install a patio and then decide in a year or two, that you'd like to build an outdoor fireplace to flow your living space into your outdoor space you can't just pick up the patio and move it. Working with a professional hardscaping specialist can help you to see future possibilities and plan your projects in a logical manner, in stages over time.
2. Lack of Balance
The most functional and beautiful outdoor living spaces are the ones that have functionality and balance to their design. Consider your home's design style and the natural environment when planning your hardscaping. It should all flow together to create a cohesive outdoor experience. Any outdoor design should offer a balance between curvature and hard lines, meaning that you should strive to balance your landscaping and hardscaping.
3. Improper Drainage of Hardscaping
This is a big problem that DIYers often overlook! Proper drainage is one of the most important aspects of patio design. If improperly done, it can not only render your outdoor space unusable during times of heavy rain, it can even damage your home and require costly repairs. A professional installer will take proper drainage into account when designing and installing your hardscaping so that water flows away from your home. They can even design your patio using permeable pavers which can move water away from your home and redirect it to drain into garden areas providing sustenance for your plantings.
4. Improper Placement of Decorative Elements
Placing a bench, statue or water feature in the wrong place may impact the flow of your landscaping. This includes the placement and choices of seasonal plantings. Consider the flow of your space, and the bloom times of your plantings to keep your outdoor space attractive throughout the seasons. For example, a visual element like a pergola or gazebo covers with beautiful climbing roses, or grape vines can create a beautiful, ever-changing focal point during throughout the seasons.
5. Choosing the Wrong Materials
Many homeowners opt for buying their materials from those big box home improvement stores in order to lower their costs. While the upfront cost may be lower, over time inexpensive materials can become problematic. For example, choosing inexpensive planters can have you depending your time replacing rotting timbers rather than enjoying your outdoor space.
Inferior pavers can stain, or break meaning replacement. If they're out of stock or discontinued you may have a problem matching materials. Choosing the wrong materials when creating a garden path can result in a walkway that is uncomfortable to walk on or one that may require frequent maintenance. Working with a professional hardscaping specialist can help you to avoid these common problems.
Choose A Hardscaping Professional For Your Next Project
Working with a landscaping professional can help you to avoid these and other problems when designing and installing your outdoor environment. A professional has the expertise, experience, and access to quality materials that when properly installed can provide you with a lifetime of enjoyment. With proper planning, your outdoor environment can be installed in stages to make it an affordable investment in your family's enjoyment and can not only improve your home's usability and curb appeal but can add value when it comes time to sell.
Are you considering an outdoor hardscaping project? If you live in the Bay Area, why not give the experts at Bayside Pavers a call? We can help you to design and install the perfect outdoor living space to enhance your home and provide you and your family with years of enjoyment. If you live in the San Jose area, stop by one of our two convenient locations for a free no obligation consultation.
Bayside Pavers services South Bay and East Bay homeowners from our location in Concord at 2455 Bates Ave, Ste K. If you live in the North Bay, visit our location in Santa Rosa at 1619 4th Street Ste 12. We're always ready to help you create your perfect outdoor oasis!