Choosing to landscape your property is a significant step to take, but not everyone is skilled in or an expert in landscape design. As a result, you can run into many problems if you try to go through the process alone. But, it’s not only plant and footpath placement that can be a problem, but more considerable additions such as swimming pools as well.
You may have an idea in mind of the swimming pool you would like, but how will it fit into your overall landscape design? It might be time to pay attention to these tips below or call in the landscape design experts such as Harrison’s Landscaping.
It’s okay to have dreams of a large, extravagant pool that will be the envy of your entire neighbourhood, but is it within your budget? Before you put pencil to paper and sketch out what you want, you need to ensure it’s within your budget. Landscape design is one thing, but putting that design into action is entirely another. Get quotes from landscaping companies in your area.
The sizing is possibly the most critical part of the landscape design process. Does it need to work within an area of your home that already features landscaping? Or, do you have a blank canvas with which to work? Fortunately, you don’t even need a lawn area to have a pool. You can benefit from rooftop terrace plunge pools and small pools that sit in nooks in your backyard.
Limestone is a great building material. It is tough, durable, relatively inexpensive and quite easy to use. Things like retaining walls and fences can be created with large limestone blocks, while smaller blocks can be used to build things like garden beds and paths. Limestone bricks are becoming quite a popular structural material for houses and new buildings.
However, it’s important to make sure that you get your limestone blocks from a reputable supplier. Since they are often used as a structural material, they need to be strong and internally sound. There’s nothing worse than building a nice retaining wall out of brand new limestone, only to have it crumble or break within a few months or a year.
With this in mind, I’ve put together a list of my top 3 reasons why you should always source your limestone blocks from a professional supplier – failing to do so can lead to all sorts of problems. These include:
Limestone Blocks Sourced From A Reputable Supplier Will Be Structurally Sound
This point mainly applies to reconstituted limestone blocks – blocks which are moulded from a mixture of crushed limestone and cement. If they aren’t built right or if the cement and limestone are mixed in the wrong proportions, reconstituted blocks can be weaker than expected.
This can be a major problem if they’re being used for things like retaining walls, where strength is an essential attribute. Make sure that you always buy your reconstituted blocks from a reliable supplier who can give you strength tests.
With any business, customers or clients are essential. If you have a landscaping business you will need clients just as much as any dentist, cafe or hotel would. The only thing is that due to the nature of your work, you need customers that have a certain amount of money to spend; more than the cost of a dentist visit or a coffee. So where can you find clients that need your services and can afford to pay for them? Here are some tips.
Develop strategic relationships with suppliers who are likely to deal with the kind of clients you want. People such as tile suppliers, a glass fencing installer, swimming pool builders or even furniture suppliers. To do this, offer them something of value so it’s not just all about you. For instance, you could offer to do the landscaping for their showroom if they pass on your information or brochure to their customers.
Develop strategic relationships with design and other professionals such as interior designers, architects, bank managers, real estate agents and accountants. You have to give them value in some way to do this. It might be possible to set up a time in which you are available for free phone advice about some of their construction problems, especially if they are DIY handymen. You could offer a low cost or free inspection of their project to identify potential issues. In return, they could give your contact details to their clients with a good word about your work ethics. Have a business card made to facilitate this.