Reasons to Add a Hardscape to Your Home

Other than enhancing your space, hardscapes serve many benefits and purposes to your home!

 

Here are just a few reasons to consider adding a hardscape to your home:

 



Increase Your Home’s Curb

Appeal and Value



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We know adding a hardscape can be a big decision, but the numbers do not lie! A hardscape design that is executed and installed properly can increase your home’s curb appeal and up it’s value in one swoop! Not only are you adding a beautiful design that will enhance the outside look of your home for years to come, but you are adding usable square footage and outdoor living space for your family and future buyers as well!




Add an Indoor – Outdoor Lifestyle to Your Home




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By adding a hardscape to your space, you can create an indoor – outdoor living lifestyle for your home. You can add everything from a Fireplace to literally the kitchen sink with an Outdoor Kitchen!





Extend Your Outdoor Space Throughout the Year





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With adding a hardscape and giving your home that indoor - outdoor living lifestyle, you are able to extend your outdoor living lifestyle throughout the year. This can especially be done by adding a fire element to your hardscape such as a Fireplace or Fire Pit that will allow you to enjoy your hardscape even in the colder seasons of the year!






Create Division, Shade and Privacy






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There are lots of ways you can add division, privacy and shade to your space with a hardscape area. One great way is by adding a pergola not only to block out the sun and provide shade, but there are many great pergola designs that also allow you to give your space the added privacy from noise, neighbors, and other unwanted distractions or even help divide up the space and define certain areas of your hardscape!





Repair and Correct Any

Landscape Issues

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Lastly, one of the more prominent reasons that many people put in a new hardscape design, is with the intention to fix any yard or landscape issues that their home may have originally had. For example, a drainage problem, a uneven hill or slope in the yard, possibly even just creating some curb appeal and creating some flower beds on the front and side of your home, this all can be fixed with hardscape designs. Including retaining walls, terraces, patios, whatever the solution may be – the possibilities are endless! You can go as little as simply fixing your issue to going as grand as fixing your issue and also putting in a design that gives your home more usability and living space! Whatever you like, there is a hardscape solution to for any problem!

 

 


Wondering how our hardscape process works?… Here’s the details on our project process from start to finish!

With each project we take on at Kansas City Hardscapes, we have a process we follow from start to finish that ensures your project will be created and completed to exceed your expectations.

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Here’s a look at the details of our process and what to expect when working with our team!

 

Stage 1: Free Estimate Appointment

Our free estimate appointment is the first step of our process. This appointment consists of a free 45 minute session where one of our designers comes out to your home and meets with you to discuss your project needs and ideas, take measurements, and pictures of your space. Feel free to ask our designers any questions about extra add-on’s, our policies, current project queue, design ideas, and estimated pricing options on materials. Our designers are seasoned pros and they are happy to help answer any questions that they can!

Sometimes depending on the scope of the project they can give you an estimated quote you on the spot, but we suggest waiting for your proposal package to get a more accurate quote number. Your proposal package will be given to you around a week or so after your appointment, and it will contain your Proposal, Quote, and a 3D Design—all free of charge.

While you do wait and are making your decision of whether you want to proceed, it is important to consider and be aware of how far out our project queue is. Normally for majority of projects (with the exception of a pergola project occasionally) our project queue is about 2-3 months out all year long. So for example if you are having your meeting in October and are wanting your patio by the Spring of next year you will need to move fast in order to get your project on our queue to ensure it will be completed by spring and summer.

Other than that though, from there on out it is up to you on whether you would like to work with us and begin the project! No charges or fees will be given until you choose us to do your hardscape!

You can schedule this appointment by giving us a call on our office phone (816.499.2547) or by going on our website and clicking the blue “Schedule a Meeting Now” Button and choosing from our available dates and times!

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Stage 2: Contracts, signing, and deposit

Ready to get started? Excellent! We are so happy you chose us to do your hardscape!

The next steps of this stage are fairly simple. All that is needed is for you to sign contracts and put down 10% of your project’s total price down as a deposit—we do not charge the rest until the completion of the project!

Stage 3: Waiting

Whether your start date is a short week away or a few months, waiting is a part of every hardscape and construction process—and we know that no matter the amount of time, with the anticipation of your new project, it can be hard to wait!

A few great things to do in the meantime would be to prepare your space and finish up anything needed to make sure that when our start date hits, we are ready to begin work!

For example, making sure all you have made all of selections for your materials on the project, making sure any needed permits have been obtained or you have given us the okay to obtain them for you (Sometimes depending on the city, there are little to no permits even needed, while others have multiple needed. Our team obtaining the permits is an added service that we charge for, but we are happy to do it for you if needed! See our Permits blog for more on this subject!), find any outdoor furniture a new temporary home (once it gets closer to your start date), researching and choosing a electrician, plumber, or any other additional services needed depending on what your space needs, often Gas fireplaces, fire pits, and outdoor kitchens may need these kinds of services (We can always recommend who we have worked with in the past as well!), read our blogs to prepare yourself and brush up on possible conditions that may affect the timeline on your project, and lastly, just take the time to get excited about your new space!

Additionally, during this time, it is also important to know that weather can be a big contributor to any timeline movement, whether that be a sped up timeline or a stalled one. Especially in the colder months, you may see that our crew could be there for two days one week, and then a whole week the next. We always try to take advantage of the warmer days at that time, since cold weather can often put a hold on many construction processes such as concrete pouring and foundation laying, but generally we always try to communicate this to you whenever we expect there to be a big change in the schedule. Our construction processes can also be affected by rain, snow, ice, cold temperature, and other similar weather elements, so its likely at least once during your project’s construction we may come into contact with some weather issues which will alter your timeline.

We normally try to incorporate some bad weather days into our estimated project completion date, but unfortunately the weather is not in our control and sometimes it can put the process back, not only for your project, but for the client who’s projects in front of yours and behind yours in our project queue. If we finish early on someone else’s project, we will likely try to begin work as early on the next project in line and vise versa with if that project is running later than expected, the next project’s start date will run a later as well. Again, we always strive to communicate any issues and major scheduling changes to you, but it’s still beneficial to know these possibilities of delays prior to the beginning of construction what could happen and affect your hardscape timeline.

Stage 4: Your Project Timeline Begins

Now that your project’s construction has began there is little left for you to do in this stage! We will begin our work usually in specialized crews of 2-4 people and work every moment we can during business days until your project is completed! However, if we do run into bad weather, sometimes we will work some extra hours Saturday or on a weekend to make up for any lost days on our schedule due to weather conflicts!

Other than that though, sit back and relax while we bring your project to life! Let us know any questions you have, we are happy to help answer them or give more insight on anything you would like to know!

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Stage 5: Project Completion

Yay! Your project is finally complete! It looks beautiful and you can’t wait to use it!

At this point in the process, a few things to left to do at the end of your project would be to consider sealing if you have gotten a paver patio, you can do this yourself or we an do it for you! While this is an additional charge and optional addition we recommend sealing because it adds protection to your patio from the weather elements. The seal helps protect color and texture from sun exposure, rain, snow, excessive dirt, and adds a protective layer between the pavers and anything not weather related than could be spilled, dropped, or scratched on top of it. There are many different types of seals so feel free to ask us which we think would be best for you!

Another option to do following the completion of your project is to decide if you would like to upgrade to sod. Depending on your project’s scope, we may have had to use heavy machinery or to excavate. We always try to limit as much damage to your yard as possible by laying down plywood and other things over the top of your grass. However with that said, no matter how careful we are, whenever you use excavating tools on a construction site you will see some cosmetic yard damage to your grass. We try to remedy this and we always lay down grass seeds after we complete a project, which should pop up some beautiful, new grass within a few months (depending on the time of year), but we offer to lay down sod at additional charge if you would like your yard to look as good as new the moment of the projects completion. We recommend sod because its a simple process, your yard will look perfect right away, and its no hassle to you to keep watering and making sure the grass is coming in to your liking. Again, it is completely up to you as it is an optional service and we are happy to give you a price for your yard if you would like to have it done!

Lastly, the main component that is still needed to be done would be to pay the last portion of the invoice. 10% of your payment was already paid in the beginning of the project, leaving the remainder due. If you have any questions about what payment we accept, feel free to ask one of our owners when they are on your project site or give us a call at our office phone!


Stage 6: Marketing Project Photos

Following the project’s completion, we will reach out to you via email to talk about the possibility of us coming back our to your home once more to take marketing pictures of your project space. Usually we do this at least 2-3 months after your projects completion and in the spring through the early fall months.

These pictures are taken for our company website, social media channels, and for our portfolio to showcase our work to clients and also to show clients examples of a project or materials that they may be wanting something similar to. The photo sessions typically last 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the scope of the project space and you can feel free to be at home or away during the time of the session. We also provide you with a few of the best images following the session which you can feel free to use as you like for personal use, like social media for example, or many also like to use the images for home insurance purposes.

Additionally, we never share any of your personal information when taking the images or posting them, keeping your privacy is our highest priority. Feel free to look on our social channels and website to see and get an idea of what we post! We are happy to elaborate and talk more about the content if you have any questions.


Stage 7: Enjoy!

We saved the best stage for last—ENJOY!!! Go enjoy your new hardscape!

We hope you had a great experience working with our team and we hope you love your new space! Check out the rest of our blogs and social media posts for fun ideas, decorations, and things to do on your hardscape!


We hope that this blog has given you some more insight to our process and what is needed from our clients throughout the projects timeline. Although, if you still have questions, feel free to give us a ring at our office phone (816.499.2547) or shoot us an email at hello@kansascityhardscapes.com! We are happy to chat more and further discuss any details about your praticular project timeline!


We are not here to turn your home into a construction site this holiday season — We are booked until early spring!

As we move into the winter seasons, we realize that very soon it is not going to feel like patio season anymore. Before we know it, everyone will be focused on visiting with out of town family and friends, keeping up with the holiday season festivities, and making plans to reign in the new year.


With that said, we know that hardscaping and construction are among the last things on your to do list or things that you even want to think about, let alone have done at your home during the holiday season—and we completely understand that! No one wants a construction zone during their family reunion or during all of the logistical chaos and endless to-do lists that ensue us all over the holidays. However, we would like to share that our schedule and project queue flow on a slightly different schedule than many may realize.

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While our company does work all year round, unlike some other hardscape and landscape companies, we have a major timeline already in play for the existing and upcoming year. Booking a project with us now, does not mean that we will be there tomorrow showing up at your door ready to work.

Booking now means that you are booking your spot for us to get started in mid March—nearly four months ahead and already into early spring.

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Given, our projects on average typically take between two weeks to a month to complete depending on the size and scope of the project, making the project completed date between late spring through mid-summer. In some instances, some projects, like small pergolas, can be squeezed into our schedule, but usually, you are looking at that two week to a month time frame for most projects.

With that said, if you have an upcoming project in mind that you were hoping to enjoy this summer, whether it be a new pergola, patio, outdoor kitchen, fire pit, fireplace, grilling station, or combination — whatever it may be — there’s not a moment to lose if you are needing it by the summer season!

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So give us a call to chat more about how to get your process started! We are more than happy to answer any questions you have and help you get started anyway we can!

The first big step of the process is to book your estimate appointment and get your design and quote going, then all you have to do is accept the quote, sign papers, and choose us to get your spot booked on our timeline. We can do that long before the busy time of the season really hits!

That way you can relax and enjoy your holiday season at ease knowing your project is taken care of and will be ready to go for you in the spring or summer of the new year!


Unplug and Reconnect with Others and the Outdoors!

Don’t forget to make time to recharge — and we don’t mean your electronics.

 

While spring is the perfect time for rebirth and renewal, we like to think that fall is the perfect time to recharge and reconnect with nature and those around us.


As we know, in our busy lives we can get so caught up in what is going on online and on social media, that we sometimes forget to make the time to reconnect to ourselves, to our passions, and with those around us!


One great way to do this is by being outside and getting back to nature. It can be a refreshing break from all the technology and it can be the perfect way to give yourself a little reset and give your mind some much needed rest.


But who says you have to do it alone? Take your family, take a friend, take your pet — take anyone you like — on this unplug challenge. Go and take new adventures, create new traditions, and make lifelong memories with those that mean the most to you!


Here are 10 great ways to ditch the screens this fall and reconnect with loved ones right outside on your hardscape:

 

1.      Build a fire and hang out with friends!

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2.     Have a game night or tailgate party by the glow of the fire!

Pull out the yard games or Play a game of touch football!

3.      Grill or Roast veggies together outside for a tasty side or snack!

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Here’s some great recipes for both grills or fire pits below:

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4.      Host a holiday gathering with family on the patio!

For example, a fall cookie exchange would be fun for all ages! Here’s some great recipes to get you started:

https://julieblanner.com/fall-cookies/

5.      Curl up with a good book and blanket by the glow of a fire

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6.      Harvest your outdoor garden or trim your flowers to make a Fall bouquet!

 

 

7.     Host an outdoor dinner party with old friends!

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Here’s some great pumpkin carving ideas for both advanced and beginners below:

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10.   Give Back to Someone in Need!



Rake some leaves for an elderly neighbor or volunteer to help out at a local fundraiser or charity event! (The sky is the limit and what a great tradition to start with the whole family!)



Having a outdoor space that fits your passions and needs can help you and your family unplug from the technology and reconnect with the outdoors and more importantly, each other! Not only this fall but all year long!

Don’t take our word for it though — Ditch the phones, get outside, and see for yourself!


Special thanks to HGTV.com, julieblanner.com, and www.bettycrocker.com for the Fall Fun Ideas!

Heart of the Backyard: KC Homes & Style Magazine October Issue

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The KC Homes & Style October Issue is here!

 

We are so excited to be collaborating again with KC Homes & Style, in the new article in their October Issue, Heart of the Backyard, written by Ann Butenas. In the article, one of our owners, Derek Nadler, talks about a beautiful fireplace project we completed for a client and why everyone should consider putting in a fire element into their fall backyard space.


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Other than bringing warmth to the space, fire elements create amazing, showstopping features, can have many additional add-on’s for both function and design, cooking elements, and of course are a focal point and wonderful pastime for both entertaining and also for relaxing with the family!

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Want more? Read the full article here at this link below or on KC Homes and Styles Magazine website!

 https://issuu.com/contentmedia/docs/kchomesstyleoctober18/84

http://homesandstylekc.com/digital-edition/


See more of this space and get more inspiring fire element ideas for your backyard space on our social media channels below!


http://www.kansascityhardscapes.com/social/


Special Thanks to Kansas City Homes & Style Magazine and Ann Butenas for the article and to Matthew Anderson for the imagery within the article!