Whether you are using your builder to extend your existing home or build a new one from scratch, it’s worth considering what you might want to do with the exterior of your home.

Exterior landscaping is often overlooked as part of the build, but it’s just as important as the inside when considering the look and feel of your home – and is essential in creating a sense of space and tying in the garden and landscape to the rest of the outside world.

What do we mean when we talk about ‘hardscaping’? It’s the durable, lasting, never changing hard components of the landscape: the rock, the stone and masonry – like driveways and brick work – which are often seen as an afterthought, but should be your first thought.

Here’s a few reasons why…

It is the foundation of your home
Hard landscaping not only gives you something to build on in your garden, but it will also solve the bulk of many basic purposes – diverting water and drainage, the basis of your outdoor living spaces, preventing erosion, and the very foundation you need to create a long-lasting space that brings your home value up.

It needs to be built to last
So much about the hardscape — the pathways, patios and steps — affects the landscape, so it’s important to take it into consideration as early on in the process as possible. Many people don’t often realize how much work goes into choosing materials that work with the architecture of the home and with the climate – your hardscape should be built to last and not crack, throughout all the seasons.

It gives your garden edge
While softscaping gives your garden soul and character, hardscaping gives it an edge and depth – without a hardscape, your garden will seem incomplete, and could prove impractical.

Because of that it’s hard work
Just like landscaping, hardscape design also entails hard work and can take up a lot of time. At Whitley Builders Ltd we are trained in resin bonded drives and paths, as well as all types of paving and stone walling – essentially, everything you see that surrounds the plants!

So if you’re interested in finding our more then please contact James Whitley on 07960403789 or email whitleybuildersltd@gmail.com to find out more!