With warmer weather prompting more people to spend time outside, many homeowners might be considering—or reconsidering—their outdoor spaces. Spring and summer can show gardens and lawns to their fullest and most beautiful advantage and can make your home be the one in demand for gatherings like Mother’s Day and Memorial Day—even with COVID-19 protocol making these gatherings look a little different this year.
But nicer weather can also point out the flaws in your existing yard setup. With the pandemic worries and CDC suggestions to gather outdoors, rather than inside, you might be left wondering if your home is better served by a hardscaping feature. These features can add to homeowner values and increased use of outdoor space. Here, we’ll break down how hardscaping features can benefit your home, and how we can help if you live in the greater Memphis, Tennessee area.
What exactly are hardscaping features?
Hardscaping features are installations in your yard that are man-made or aren’t living, like the plants used in landscaping. That might include a retaining wall, a driveway, or a patio. But those aren’t the only kinds of hardscaping features—there are other options, like decks, walkways, firepits, pergolas, steps, and even water features.
Whether you use wood, pavers, brick, natural stone, asphalt, concrete, or some other material, a hardscaping feature is a durable outdoor space that gives a big impact on your home’s curb appeal—and can provide you with high-return value outdoor living space.
How can hardscaping features add to my home’s value?
That curb appeal and extra space can add big bucks to your home’s resale value. The National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Landscape Professionals say that these features can add to value in a lot of different ways—whether you’re planning on selling soon or staying in the home.
A retaining wall, patio, or stone border around a garden can have a big impact on your home’s curb appeal. When walkways or edging are well-maintained, they can make a home look elegant and welcoming—especially if they include a sidewalk that leads into garden or lawn areas. Depending on your feature, it might also add additional privacy, which can be another bonus.
But it’s not just about curb appeal and first impressions. Hardscaping does more than make a space look nice—it can have a big impact in preventing erosion and in making hard-to-use parts of your yard become usable outdoor living space. Retaining walls help to hold hills and soil in place and can make it possible to install flat patios or decks on the steepest of terrain. Hardscaping can also help with grading, or gently shaping your lawn so it drains properly.
Hardscaping is also easy to care for and cuts down on the amount of lawn that you have to cut. And hardscaping projects have a high return on investment (ROI)—decks and patios can recoup between 50% and 70% of costs. All of these factors contribute to increased resale value. These types of home projects account for the majority of sales materials in big box stores.
How else can a hardscaping feature add value to my home?
Hardscaping does more than add financial value to your home. To understand the full value of a hardscape feature, you have to take into account the Joy Score. This number is calculated by the National Association of Realtors and evaluates the happiness added by home projects or renovations.
The Joy Score ranges from 1 (not very much happiness added) to 10 (the highest score). Indoor projects like kitchen renovations clock in around a 10—and outdoor projects, whether hardscaping, landscaping, or irrigation, all rank between a 9.5 and 10. These projects bring major happiness and satisfaction to homeowners—and the score only goes up when homeowners have a professional do the project, rather than doing it themselves.
The National Association of Realtors also calculates which projects give people the greatest desire to be at home. A new patio ranks just below updated landscaping—further emphasizing the importance of hardscaping features for home enjoyment.
And during the COVID-19 pandemic, usable outdoor space has been more important than ever. As life slowly returns towards something-like-normal, that outdoor space is at even more of a premium. With the CDC encouraging outdoor gatherings for vaccinated Americans, hardscaping features can be a big benefit for families and friends getting back together for holidays like Mother’s Day or Memorial Day.
While these holidays might be different than the beach vacations, big gatherings, or restaurant visits of earlier years, it’s important to keep in mind that neither holiday was originally intended to be about big trips or expense. Mother’s Day, in fact, was originally intended to be about showing love and respect in a simple, inexpensive way—the holiday was originally linked to carnations because they weren’t pricy and priority was given to spending precious time with mom, grandma, and the special ladies in one’s life. And Memorial Day—often considered the beginning of summer now—was originally formed from local celebrations that remembered fallen veterans with flowers.
While holidays this summer might look a little different than those that have come before, remember that a family gathering on a hardscape feature like a deck or patio might not only be a safer way to gather, but can be a fun way to get back to the original idea of the holidays. So what is the value of those hardscaping features when it comes to friend or family gatherings? They might be priceless.
How can Victory Lawn Care Services help me?
At Victory Lawn Care Services, we proudly serve Germantown, Collierville, and Memphis, offering lawn maintenance, clean-up services, hardscape installation, and more. Our team has the skills and experience to install patio features and retaining walls that fit your style and will last for years to come.
We take pride in our work, and keep up with technology that helps us serve our customers better and better. Our focus and drive mean that we’re reliable and easy to work with—and ready to get started on your next project. Give us a call at (901) 870-3720 or use our online tool to get started on your project.
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This post was written by Shane