Let’s face it! Trying to find and locate the best in the specific industry of your choice can and is a daunting task. As of 2023, 38 years since the inception of our company, ARNOLD Masonry and Landscape has come across so many unique questions from clients. We do, however, have a list of the most asked questions and the following blog consists of what we consider to be the top 4 questions when seeking out the correct type of company to design and construct your outdoor living backyard makeover, otherwise known as hardscape and masonry. Whether brand new or a renovation, these questions apply. From custom created stone or brick patios, outdoor fireplaces, outdoor kitchens and grill enclosures, swimming pool renovations and so much more, the answers below will direct you on the correct and much less complicated path.
We, at ARNOLD Masonry and Landscape, feel the most important initial questions revolving around your hardscape design – build backyard renovation project you should consider are-
1. What type of project and additions am I looking for to enhance my property and improve my life at home?
We always recommend to our clients to take some time to initially come up with a rough idea of what you would like created for your backyard makeover. Consider different elements like a new stone or brick patio, an outdoor fireplace or firepit, and outdoor kitchen or grill enclosure and many other features that are involved in outdoor living spaces. Also, review online sites as well as do simple Google searches to view images that revolve around what you have in mind. When you meet with the hardscape contractor this will aid them with the beginning stages of what and how to design the new backyard makeover.
2. What is my budget? (Meaning what is the actual maximum you are willing to spend.)
We, at ARNOLD Masonry and Landscape, being in business since 1985, realize that most clients do not truly know the cost of masonry and hardscape projects. We always educate our clients not only with the type of products within the design but the costs by offering different styles of construction and different types of materials. Try and do a little research if possible and be realistic when it comes to pricing and budget. Allow a little wiggle room. Lastly, the old adage “You get what you pay for” tends to ring true across the board. Beware of “cheap” pricing.
3. Who should I hire? Meaning- What is the best type of company to search for that specifically handles masonry and hardscape construction?
This is where we have found most homeowners having a difficult time. Many through the years are confused as to who they should search for with specific search words and terms when seeking items such as patios, outdoor fireplaces and kitchens and other masonry projects known as hardscape and masonry. The answer to this question is quite simple. Just as you would not hire an electrician to handle your plumbing, you should not hire a landscape company( Advertising as such, solely ) to handle your masonry and hardscape project. You would seek out a masonry or hardscape company that is comprised of experts within that field of construction. Take note of the websites you come across. Pay close attention to what their images and portfolios display. Also, keep in mind the answer to the next question revolving around actual hardscape/ masonry contractors versus other companies who tend to subcontract these types of projects out.
4. Where do I go to find the professional experts on the outdoor living hardscape project I want created.
Many tend to search for “LANDSCAPING COMPANIES”. The fact is that a landscaping company’s main forte is what is referred to as “softscape’ This revolves around animate things such as plants/flowers/sod/trees/etc. Over the past 2-3 decades they have found that they can include HARDSCAPE by sub-contracting to smaller masonry hardscape companies.
Your actual search term or word should be something similar to HARDSCAPE COMPANY near me -or- MASONRY COMPANY near me when searching via Google or other search engines. Also, use the specific term for the project you are seeking. IE- if you want a new fireplace/chimney use search terms as “outdoor fireplace company (or contractor) near me).These types of verbiage within search engines will produce the best results for the type of companies desired that solely engage in masonry and hardscape as their forte. Another wonderful site to find specific professionals for your hardscape project is on HOUZZ.COM.
Finally, once you have narrowed down your search involving masonry and hardscape companies in your area, pick (3) three companies at max which will not overwhelm you.
Yes, there are many questions we have heard through the years, and we strive to answer them all and educate our clients, as mentioned. We’d enjoy hearing from you when you are ready to move forward with your backyard outdoor living masonry and hardscape project. Please visit our portfolios to get just a sampling of all the superior quality and artisanship we place into every project we engage in!
Being a masonry and hardscape company, family owned by an expert master mason, Scott Arnold, and as of 2023 having 38 years of gorgeous projects designed and created by us, we know you’ll be impressed and extremely happy with our knowledge, ability and level of quality artisanship that we are known to provide. We look forward to hearing from you and creating your new outdoor living experience, your private oasis of relaxation and fun!