4. Is hardscaping expensive?
It’s like anything else – you can spend the minimum amount and get something functional, or you can spend a little more and get something that’s functional and aesthetically pleasing. If you have eclectic tastes, we can accommodate your requests to create a space that hits all three categories.
5. Describe your role as the hardscape manager
I’m the initial point of contact with the homeowner. I meet with the homeowner, sell the job and come up with the design. From there, the project manager takes over and makes sure the project is completed in a professional and timely manner.
6. What is the most common hardscaping project you do?
We do pavers most often. Clients want pavers because they’re a cost-effective upgrade over concrete and it looks significantly better. Paver performance is far above any other hardscape surface. It just makes sense when you’re beautifying your home, given the price point.
7. Describe the general workflow of a hardscape project
When installing interlocking pavers, the crew will arrive early at the job site to start excavating the area. The pavers will be delivered unless it’s a big job and there’s a lot of excavation – then they might do that for a couple of days until the area is ready. The guys will make sure the ground is off-level, which means it’s sloped, so any water from sprinklers, hoses, etc. will flow away from the house when the project is done. Next, the crew will compact the earth and then they’ll put down Type 2 granular road base, which is a gravel mixture, to give the area a solid but flexible foundation. On top of that, they’ll level one inch of sand before adding bedding sand. Bedding sand has a very jagged texture, so that once the pavers are set, the rough edges will hold everything in place. They’ll put the pavers in the sand and compact them, which pushes the sand into the joints and squeezes the pavers together. Lastly, the crew will spread joint sand over the pavers so you won’t see a whole bunch of gaps. Then the crew will perform the final cleanup and the area will be ready to use that day. There’s no waiting or curing time.