Hardscaping with New Castle Lawn and Landscape
A properly designed hardscape can not only enhance the beauty of an outdoor living space but also drastically increase the value of your home. New Castle Lawn and Landscape is proud to offer a five year warranty on all hardscape installations. Our designer will walk you through the important process of choosing the correct materials and colors to maximize the beauty of your landscape. We offer a full spectrum of hardscape options; including patios, walkways, driveways and walls. Our installation technicians are ICPI certified and implement innovative and practical designs that are tailored to each customer’s desires and needs. Our precise and detailed craftsmanship is consistent throughout our projects and we continue to set the standard in hardscaping.
What is hardscaping?
Hardscaping is the part landscaping work that deals with materials other than live plants, such as stones, brick, timber, concrete, metal etc. These materials are used in landscaping or hardscaping, to create patios, walkways, ponds, retaining walls and other structures.
Why is Hardscaping Essential to Landscaping?
Hardscaping adds both form and function to outdoor living spaces. Rather than relying on the placement of plants alone, hardscaping also helps shape and organize the space. The walkway that leads you around your garden, the bench that you sit on to enjoy that pond or water fountain all make the outdoor living space beautiful and functional. Structures such as fences, gates and stairways also make the space safe.
What Are Some Examples of Hardscaping projects?
Driveways, Walkways & Steps
These are functional hardscaping elements of landscaping. Done with proper planning, the right materials and construction, they can be remain usable for many years. Safety is also an important consideration for all structures used for people to walk, sit or stand on. It is critical that these features are able to bear the anticipated amount of load, prevents slipping and tripping and offers guard rails or other features that prevent falls.
Retaining walls are used to convert slopes to one or more flat areas. These flat areas can then be used as additional planting space. Retaining walls are also helpful in preventing soil erosion. There are three types of retaining walls. Sheer Piling Retaining Walls are driven into the ground. These only work when the soil is soft. Cantilevered Retaining walls are ‘L’ shaped with the bottom part of the L being a slab that is held down by the weight of the soil above it. Gravity Retaining Walls use the weight of the wall itself to hold the back the soil behind it. All of the above walls can be additionally strengthened using anchors that can be driven into the earth behind the wall.
Patios & Seating Walls
Patios are a great way to add an outdoor living space to your house. Patio pavers and patio bricks are popular options. They come in a variety of colors and shapes. Concrete, flagstone and tile are other options to consider. Add some furniture and a barbecue grill and your patio becomes a regular gathering space for your family and friends. Why stop there? Outdoor kitchens and covered dining areas are all the rage now. Seating built into the walls of the patio are popular as well.
Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits is a fun way to beat cold weather blues. A number of options are available including wood burning and gas burning fireplaces and pits. In terms of construction, they can custom built to blend nicely into the design of patio or they can be standalone with seating space around it. Gas fire features avoid the need for firewood, which needs to be tended to from time to time.
Wood fire, however, has its own charms. You don’t get the sound of crackling or the pleasant aroma of burning wood with gas. There is also the additional cost of a gas line connection to consider.
Aesthetically designed and built water features take a beautiful landscape to a whole new level. Water features such as ponds, waterfalls, fountains and pools invite the tranquility of nature into outdoor living spaces. The reflections of the sky in the water, the gurgling of a fountain, birds attracted by bird baths all bring a sense of peace that only nature can provide.
Why Choose New Castle Lawn and Landscape to Design and Build Your Hardscape Project?
Hardscaping is hard work. It is both mentally and physically challenging. Proper execution of a hardscaping project requires a lot of thought and planning. Having an experienced landscaping team carry the project from initial survey to completion helps avoid costly mistakes. Here are some of the steps that we cover to ensure that your project is completed without a hitch.
1. We meet with you to learn more about the project including timelines and budget.
2. We survey to area where the project will be implemented.
3. We develop a proposal/estimate. Depending on the size and complexity of the project, this may include a 3D walk-through model of the project.
4. Once the estimate is approved, the job is scheduled and materials are purchased. Any required permits are obtained at this stage.
5. The final step is actual building of the project. After the project is completed, the project foreman will have final walk around with the client and address any questions or concerns.
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