CHARLOTTE – Most homeowners enjoy a peaceful place outdoors to retreat to after a hard day’s work, to have that first cup of coffee in the morning or fire up the grill for family and friends. Whether it be a patio, a sitting wall, a fire pit or walkway through your flower garden, there are countless designs and natural and manufactured stone products to choose from.
Some hardscape projects may be simple and inexpensive and if you are a master “do-it-yourselfer” you can save a lot of money on labor. If you are NOT one of these people, tackling a sizeable hardscape project yourself is probably not the way to go. In our area there are many talented, experienced and downright artistic contractors that do unbelievable work. First of all the work is hard physically. It requires a good understanding of drainage issues, math and the importance of exact measurements, and experience in stone and brick laying and cutting to name a few.
Larger hardscape projects can be pretty expensive even when they are done right. But the cost of a hardscape outdoor living space done wrong can cost you dearly. So if you aren’t a “handy man or woman” it’s advisable to hire a bonafide hardscape professional. It may cost more upfront but in the long run (maybe even short run) it may end up costing less and will be a beautiful outdoor living space you can be proud of and enjoy for many years. Do your research, ask for references, pictures and proof of successful past projects and you will find a certified hardscape professional that can build your dreams.