You’ve envisioned that new paver driveway every time you pull up onto to your old, crumbling one. You’ve pretended your ho-hum backyard was a welcoming outdoor oasis. You’ve imagined and re-imagined what to do with that awkward unused space in your side yard.
When the excitement of starting your new remodel hits, you might find yourself in a hurry to find out how much your dream space is actually going to cost. What you’ll want to keep in mind is that there are many reasons why it’s best to not receive a quote over the phone.
If a company says they can give you a quote over the phone (without seeing your property), that can be a red flag. They might not not have enough experience to know the many different factors that can affect the cost of an outdoor remodel. As enticing as a low quote may sound initially, an inaccurate one can end up costing you a pretty penny once you receive a final bill!
1. The Need For A Thorough Inspection of Your Existing Space
This is important. There’s absolutely no way to get the full picture as to what your remodel cost will be without knowing what can and cannot be done with your space. An accurate site inventory will look at everything from layout and flow of the property to your home’s architectural style. Your space will also be surveyed for drainage requirements which will be needed for a variety of new projects. Whether it be a driveway, walkway, patio or artificial turf, proper drainage will ensure you don’t end up with a puddle in the middle of your new space. Outside of these aspects, it’s also important to review how utilities will be accessed so there won’t be any last minute (and potentially costly!) surprises as your project commences.
2. Understanding How You Want To Maximize Your Space
Outside of receiving a thorough inspection, it’s also important to ensure everything is designed to maximize how you enjoy your space. If you’re looking to create a new relaxation space or outdoor kitchen, it’ll be crucial to take your yard’s natural shade and sun exposure into account. You might also want to consider what the view will be like both onsite and from a distance. While sound levels and wind patterns might not be a huge concern for a walkway or driveway, they could drastically affect the design for a new entertaining space.
3. Materials Matter, Big Time
Material pricing for any outdoor living product varies greatly, which will directly affect your total remodel cost. The variety of paving stone options, colors and sizing available will cause your project price to shift up or down. Outside of paving stones, there is a wide array of other product options to choose from. From stone facings for BBQ islands, to outdoor kitchen counter tops, pergola colors and styles, down to the size of your fire pit or water feature, all of these selections will determine an accurate price for your remodel.
You Owe It To Yourself To Get A Complimentary Consultation
Any reputable design and installation company knows the value of meeting homeowners and providing a thorough, free estimate process. By getting to know exactly what you want in your outdoor remodel and discussing the possibilities for your design, both you as a homeowner and the company you’re working with can make sure the project ends up meeting expectations and staying within budget.
From there, it won’t be too long before you’re outside enjoying your new outdoor space in style!