The landscaping realm consists of two major elements, which are softscaping and hardscaping. Softscaping is the use of live horticultural elements to landscape a specific piece of property. Hardscaping is done with the use of hard materials. We’re going to be talking about the latter.
What Materials Are Used To Hardscape A Property?
Hardscaping gets its name from the hard type of materials that are used to create the particular landscape. These hard materials include:
Depending on the type of project that you require, one or more of these materials may be utilized to construct the entire hardscape of the property. Bricks, concrete and stones tend to be used more for sidewalks and retaining walls. Wood is most common for fences and decks. Metal can typically be found as an edging material for plant beds, railing for porches, or gates for blocking off the property.
What Projects Are Considered Hardscaping?
In urban areas where plants and grass do not grow with ease, there is a high demand for hardscaping to make a property look aesthetically pleasing. Hardscaping is also utilized to help remedy any issue with the property or to make accessing specific areas of the property easier for the owner.
Some common hardscaping projects include retaining walls, patios, walkways, fences, decks, arbors, fountains, and gazebos. There are truly limitless combinations of various hardscaping components that can be fused together to formulate an entire hardscape of a single property. It’s important that you consider the entire property as a whole when formulating a hardscape design so that all components of your design flow together in a unison look.
What Are The Common Costs Associated With Hardscaping?
It’s important to note that hardscaping, in general, is going to cost more per square foot of property than if it were to be softscaped. This is simply due to the higher cost of materials and weight of the hardscaping components over the softscaping ones. There are a few factors that will specifically impact the cost of a hardscaping project.
Location Of Desired Material – If you’re interested in purchasing stone that is not native to your region, you will need to factor in the cost of transportation with the original cost of the material.
Size Of The Property – The larger the property which you desire to be hardscaped, the more materials and labor it’s going to cost. This translates to more money spend overall on a larger property than on a smaller property with the same types of materials used.
Types Of Materials – Each material brings its own cost to the table as well as the labor to install it.
Landscaping Firm You Use – Specific hardscaping companies may charge different labor rates depending on the experience of their team and the deadline of the project.
Hardscaping is a great way to enhance the look of your property, especially if you live in an environment that makes softscaping difficult. By using hard materials you can have beautiful structures designed that are aesthetically pleasing and that serve a purpose for your individual needs. Having a successful hardscape all starts with picking the right company to do the job.