When Houston homeowners get ready to add curb appeal to their homes, the best way to do so is to contact a professional landscaping company that can design them a landscape master plan and subcontract masonry professionals that will build specific elements of this plan.
Such a partnership benefits both the masonry contractor and the individual resident. A landscape general contractor is able to keep everyone focused on the big picture of the master plan, while each individual specialist works on the details that support that plan.
It is much better to let the landscaper handle the design and oversee the construction of these forms. Masonry professionals are specialists who skills lay in stone and brick work. In most instances, they have not devoted very much time or study to the organic elements of gardens, lawns, and trees.
Giving these experts a blueprint for landscape design that shows all landscape elements in corollary relationship to one another helps the masonry company know just where to build certain structures, and what dimensions these structures must be built in.
This is of far greater importance than the average homeowner may realize. On any given property, the average residential landscape design may have up to 80% hardscape. Much, if not all, of this hardscape is going to ultimately be built of stone and brick.
Masonry contractors will need to be brought in who can build these forms with the very best materials. This will ensure the best possible match in color, texture, and vertical impact in relation to the house and other yard elements.
Most masonry professionals have extensive knowledge of architecture and know exactly how to build a retaining wall, patio, or outdoor courtyard as a proper compliment to the architecture of a house. This has never been a problem for masons. Going back all the way back to Rome, Greece, and Egypt, masonry not only worked with architecture—masonry was architecture.
However, working with plant material is a completely different matter. Sometimes masonry professionals must do more than add dimension and vertical impact to a yard. Brick and stone structures must be carefully planned and arranged in such a manner as to integrate human architecture with natural life.
Custom patios and entry gardens located near the entrance to a home are two examples of this. They help transition the resident from interior living space to the open, natural space of the yard. Without this transition, the division between architecture and softscape is too abrupt, and the property lacks the sense of unity required for superior Houston outdoor living.
Walkways are yet another example of the integral role that masonry often plays in the organic life of the landscape. Walkways lead us on paths through courtyards, under trees, through grassy parts of the lawns, and into formal gardens where focal points create superior optics and new vantage points in all directions.
Consider as well that masonry professionals often play a vital role in upgrading the entire aesthetic of a property by adding much needed vertical impact to the otherwise flat terrain of our local Houston landscape.
This can be done from something as low profile and simple as a stone planter that follows the linear progression the home, to something as dramatic as a stone retaining wall that alters the grade of the property to conceal a subtle—yet absolutely vital—garden irrigation and drainage system.
Again, such fusion of organic and inorganic designs requires the cooperation of those whose expertise in botany, irrigation, drainage, and softscape aesthetics can combine and synergize with that of masonry professionals whose knowledge of how to develop outdoor living space using brick and stone dates all the way back to the Pyramids.