Improve Your Outdoor Living Style with a Hardscape
When it comes to spending time with family, you should be able to do so in a space that’s comfortable, relaxing, and inviting. Many of us view our hearth as this exact space during the colder months of the year but haven’t quite settled on a go-to spot during the months of the year in which the hearth isn’t being utilized. With families spending more time outdoors during the warmer months of the year, many savvy homeowners are considering the addition of a hardscape to their property.
WHAT EXACTLY IS A HARDSCAPE?
This is a topic of debate in many home improvement circles, one on which many people can’t seem to agree upon. For the sake of this discussion, we’ll consider a hardscape to include:
- Concrete and paver patios
- Retaining walls
- Outdoor kitchens and living spaces (including fireplaces)
These are four of the commonly agreed upon inclusions on the list of hardscapes, and upon first glance, you should be able to understand why many would consider these an ideal spot to congregate outdoors during the non-wintry months of the year.
WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER ADDING A HARDSCAPE TO MY PROPERTY?
A beautiful hardscape is not only a pleasure to look at (from a curb appeal perspective), but it also adds to the value of your home (they’re becoming increasingly desirable features with new homebuyers as well as with homeowners who are looking to get the most enjoyment out of their property). Patios and courtyards have always been a superb outdoor meeting place, providing people with ample opportunities for sun and shade (depending on their liking). It’s become more of a recent phenomenon to add outdoor living spaces and/or kitchens to the equation, as both of these spaces become extensions of the home itself. Homeowners who are particularly fond of the winter because it affords them the opportunity to utilize their fireplaces can now add an outdoor fireplace to their patio area, thereby making it the destination of choice (especially on those cooler spring and autumn nights).
HOW MUCH IS IT GOING TO COST ME?
The answer here isn’t very straightforward, and for good reason. The price of your particular job will depend on numerous things: the materials selected, the proverbial lay of the land, and the overall look and feel you want. Hardscape projects can run the gamut from a small concrete pad with your desired patio furniture on it all the way up to a complete outdoor living space replete with all of the amenities and creature comforts you have inside your home as well. As such, you really can spend as little or as much as you want to get the space you envision. Setting a hard budget from the beginning will help to ensure you end up with a finished product you’re proud to call your own without having to worry about the sticker shock commonly associated with such ventures.
If you find yourself considering the addition of a hardscape to your property, the professionals at Chimney Saver Solutions are here to assist. We know the choices can be overwhelming at first glance; however, we’re here to help from the planning and design phase all the way through the actual completion of the project. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call to schedule an appointment to go over any ideas you may already have.