So you’ve finally decided to get around to that home project you’ve been dreaming of. Great!
You research around and find the best reviewed masonry contractor and landscaper in the area. The contractor takes measurements at your home and discusses your project with you. Everything is coming together and sounds amazing.
Just then comes a surprise most homeowners are not aware of…a hardscape/landscape construction blueprint is needed.
The above example illustrates a proper construction blueprint, which is comprised of exact measurements, materials used and where, accurate labeling, proper scaling, installation specifications, and even identifiers such as company name and homeowner contact info (which has been censored here for privacy)
Most homeowners also don’t realize that almost all masonry contractors aren’t able to create this necessary blueprint to guide them through the construction process. They usually refer you to a designer and bill you separately − an unexpected cost to say the least.
Creating a construction blueprint requires a very particular skillset that combines art design with developmental science. Most designers go to trade schools to become proficient in this area.
Even more important, this blueprint ensures there’s no surprises for not only the contractor, but the homeowner as well. Namely, it provides very specific expectations so as to eliminate any possible surprises that may arise during construction. Because as we all know, any surprise during outdoor space renovations means more money out of the homeowner’s pockets.
So make sure your contractor uses a construction blueprint and sticks to it exactly. This will save you from a lot of unnecessary headaches, and save you money and time as well.