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Common Hardscape Mistakes You Need to Avoid

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If you are like so many other homeowners, you are probably on the lookout constantly for appealing and attractive hardscape designs that will add both appeal and value to your home. When designing and eventually having hardscapes installed there are quite a few important factors to take into consideration. Here at Harpeth Valley Hardscapes we pride ourselves on our premier hardscape services and in providing all our valued clients with the insight needed to avoid hardscape mistakes.

As is the case with so many home construction projects, it is always best to consult with a professional in your efforts to ensure that you have not overlooked any important details. Better yet, it is a good idea to hire a professional to help design your hardscape and perform the appropriate installation as well. There are a variety of important components that are more often than not overlooked during hardscape projects. For starters, homeowners frequently overlook drainage issues that could occur with a hardscape project as well as improper compaction and improper balance between plants and stone. All of these issues are sure to present with a negative impact on your cherished investment. Here are three of the most common hardscape mistakes that many homeowners fall prey to.

Mistake #1 – DrainageWhen designing your hardscape, drainage will play an important role in the project and is a very important to the overall project. When a drainage system is properly designed, it can re-use the water which contributes greatly to cost savings, and also contributes to a more suitable presence after any heavy rainfall. For these reasons, it is important to understand the overall flow of the water by inspecting the slope of the terrain and ensuring that the water is able to flow exactly where you intend it to flow. This is where our professionals come in. Our highly skilled and trained technicians will ensure that existing slopes match the slopes that were put in place during the design process.


Mistake # 2 – Compaction IssuesOne of the most common causes of a failed hardscape project is that of compaction. All too often, when installing a lift, which is a specific amount of dirt and gravel, you end up with far too much. When this occurs the entire compaction process of the project is not properly performed. Over time, the ground will compact naturally which means that anything installed on top of it will shift causing uneven terrain which can ultimately minimize the value of your hardscape project. The experts here at Harpeth Valley Hardscapes highly recommend the use of small lifts. Utilizing only state of the art compacting equipment, we ensure that all lifts are small enough to be entirely compacted. Though rather time consuming and quite a bit of work, it will certainly avoid costly repairs down the road.


Mistake # 3 – BalanceAnother very important component of any hardscape project is that of balance. A very common hardscape mistake, many homeowners when designing their projects get caught up in the actual look and type of stone or material and forget to take into consideration the balance of same.   A balance of hardscape and any plants or other shrubbery presents with a sense of harmony and a sort of peaceful oasis in your back yard. Therefore, balance plays an important role in the overall process as well.

If you are thinking about adding an appealing hardscape design to your home, then surely you have come to the right place. Our professionals have years and years of experience and are committed and dedicated to creating, designing and delivering the best all round hardscape designs this side of Brentwood. Summer is right around the corner so why not reach out to our team today and schedule your free consultation. Don’t take chances with costly hardscape mistakes, but rather put your trust in the hands of some of the best technicians in the industry. We look forward to serving you and to making your dream outdoor living space the envy of all your neighbors!!

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