hardscapeEmbarking on an outdoor home improvement project, whether it’s a complete hardscape redesign or adding a new feature to your existing yard, can be a daunting task. Careful planning is crucial to ensure you stay on budget, the project runs smoothly, you achieve your desired outcome, and you comply with all relevant regulations in your area.

Set a Budget

Establishing a budget from the beginning is essential. If you’re working with a contractor, designer, or landscape architect, a clear budget helps them guide you through the design process, showing what you can afford. It can also help you prioritize your wish list. For instance, if you want both a built-in barbecue and a fireplace but can only afford one, knowing your budget helps you decide which feature you’ll use most.

DIY or Hire a Contractor

Many outdoor projects are suitable for DIY, and plenty of resources are available to help. However, be realistic about your abilities and the project’s scope and complexity. Hiring a contractor costs more, but a qualified contractor ensures the project is completed correctly and on time. Always check the state license of any hardscape contractor you consider hiring. A well-done project will bring enjoyment for years and can significantly increase your home’s value.

Consider the Project Area Size

The size of your project area is a key factor in your hardscape design. Limited space may restrict the features you can include. For example, if you have a small yard and want a large patio for family gatherings, it might not be practical to include a large bocce ball court.

Maintenance and Repair

landscapingYour project doesn’t end when installation is complete. Long-term maintenance is an important consideration when choosing materials, paving options, plants, and other design elements. If you prefer low-maintenance landscaping, avoid high-maintenance trees like jacarandas. For paving, a concrete slab might be cheaper initially but can be costly in the long run due to cracking and color fading, whereas concrete interlocking pavers, though more expensive upfront, may have lower long-term costs.

Water Usage

In regions like California, where droughts are common, water usage is a significant factor in landscape planning. Choosing drought-resistant native plants and water-free ground covers instead of grass can save money on water bills and conserve a precious resource.

Codes, Local Regulations, Permits, and HOA Requirements

Check all necessary permits, regulations, and zoning requirements with your local building department. Rock Solid Hardscape and Landscape Supply can provide information on regulations and permits in the San Diego area. Obtaining the proper permits and inspections beforehand prevents costly do-overs. Hiring a contractor familiar with these regulations can streamline the permitting process. Also, if you live in an area governed by a Home Owner’s Association (HOA), ensure you meet their requirements to avoid fines.

Starting a large outdoor project involves many considerations, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Rock Solid Hardscape and Landscape Supply offer numerous resources to help homeowners start their projects, from contractor referrals and material estimating to knowledgeable staff and more.

Are you ready to elevate your outdoor space with stunning hardscape features? Whether you’re planning a complete yard remodel or adding a new element to your existing landscape, Rock Solid Hardscape and Landscaping Supply is here to help every step of the way.

Rock Solid Hardscape and Landscaping Supply
1530 N Lake Dr #9411
Lexington, SC 29072