How to Plan Hardscaping in Light of COVID-19

COVID-19 transformed the way we work, live, and interact with other people. Socializing inside with people you don’t already live with presents risks, as does traveling to a vacation spot.

Despite the rough times, you can create some solace and happiness in your own home. Investing in a beautiful backyard can double as a safe place to host family and friends you miss dearly, as well as serve as a backyard staycation paradise for you and your immediate family.

How Do I Turn My Backyard into an Exciting Destination?

Upgrading your backyard provides a chance to feel like you’re on vacation without leaving home.

Work with a contractor to create features such as a bigger home patio that you can enjoy as a workplace, then have a family meal on. To add to the vacation-feel, hardscaping features such as waterfalls, fire pits, or fireplaces create unique gathering spots and fun for the entire family. Families can make s’mores around the fire pit or use the fireplace to stay warm. Fireplaces can also provide some privacy, acting as a stone wall for additional privacy. Homeowners can work with their contractor to design a unique stone fireplace that will become a stunning focal point of their backyard.

For beauty and activities for your kids, install a fish pond or butterfly plants. Experienced contractors will know the best location for these features on your property to avoid erosion and the best plants to flourish in Asheville’s climate.

Your kids will love seeing the fish swim and butterflies visit your backyard. If you want to add a science lesson to the fun, install a motion-sensitive camera near the water to see what other animals come and visit.

When built correctly, these features can add beauty to your property and value when you sell in the future. Even if you only plan to stay in your home a few more years, buyers now search for different things in a home, including a backyard with various activities.

What Backyard Features Are Best for Social Distancing?

Firepits and fireplaces can provide a fun, socially distanced activity for you and guests outside your house.

Depending on how many people live with you or plan on inviting over, it’s good to know that fireplaces typically entertain four to six guests at a time, where fire pits can fit larger groups ranging from 10 to 12 people.

Fireplaces also typically require you to sit much closer to enjoy and feel the heat, where firepits allow you to space out but still face the other people from a distance around the pit. Firepits also cost less than fireplaces because there is less stonework.

Adding a fire feature to your home also allows you to see friends and extended family during colder weather while staying safe outside.

Is It Safe to Have Contractors on My Property During COVID-19?

Ambrose Landscapes has quickly pivoted to ensure all of our practices while on the job adhere to COVID-19 safety standards. Since the work is outside, you won’t have to worry about being in close contact with our team. When the contractor does need to speak with you, it can be on the phone or outside, easily six-feet apart and with masks on.

In the rare event our team touches any items on your property, we will clean and sanitize before and after.

How Do I Find the Best Backyard Contractor?

Ambrose Landscapes’ team has more than 25 years of experience hardscaping in the Asheville, NC area. We pride ourselves in crafting custom projects for all our customers, so you can have the backyard paradise you’ve been dreaming of. Having a private and safe oasis on your property is more important than ever, given the new safety standards.

All of the materials Ambrose Landscapes chooses are the best quality stone and hardscaping materials. Upfront, this may seem more costly, but it’s an investment in your home, and the quality of the materials will lower the long term maintenance and ensure your project is built to last.

Ambrose Landscapes will work closely with you to design your ultimate backyard paradise and keep your family’s needs at the forefront.


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