The beauty of quality natural stone is inarguable, for patios, walks and retaining walls. It can also be expensive, difficult to work with, and limited to locally available sources.
In the last decade or so, manufactured concrete products have advanced dramatically, emulating a broad range of design patterns and colors, and having excellent durability for use in retaining walls and as pavers. Additionally, the engineered design of the higher quality range of these materials ease installation, and have designed-in structural integrity through proprietary systems, eliminating traditional structural components which reduces overall cost and speeding the construction process. Further, concrete masonry walls have expected lifespan well beyond that of timber walls (and even stone walls). In fact, some of the wall systems and paver systems Drainage Solutions Waterproofing and Repairs (Drainage Solutions) recommends carry lifetime (replacement) material warranties due to their high density manufacture and durability.
Drainage Solutions has extensive experience in installing natural stone walls, dry stacked and reinforced, timber walls and concrete paver and wall systems, with such features as seat-walls, fireplaces and fire-pits, with crew personnel trained in these systems. Drainage Solutions designers can assist you in not only in overall design of patios, walks and walls, but assist in wading through myriad material selections.
Whether you are in need of retaining walls alone to control slopes or are interested in creating hardscape areas for further outdoor beauty and enjoyment, contact Drainage Solutions for creative hardscape design and installation services.
Drainage Solutions approach to patio, walk and wall design is to provide flexibility for the client, with the input, creativity and knowledge of a design professional. With an initial consult, the Drainage Solutions designer will visit the site and discuss your goals, space constraints and opportunities, various material options and can show catalogs of the precast concrete materials we often use. The designer will take measurements and account for grade and drainage conditions that could affect a design. As these first visits are relatively short, the designer will most often prepare an initial concept plan and layout and rough cost estimate to be emailed to the client. The client and designer may then discuss any changes or refinements to the plan before moving to the final design phase where the client will make specific material selections. The designer may recommend that the client visit one or more suppliers to see stone, paver or wall materials. The designer will then prepare the final plan for acceptance and contract.
This flexible process can have great advantage to the client. For clients who have small projects and do not wish to engage other landscape designers or landscape architects, the Drainage Solutions designers can provide direction at very reasonable rates, generally well below professional rates as we work with low overhead costs.
The Drainage Solutions designer and client also have the option to work on a normal design-build commission basis thru Drainage Solutions or to work with the client on a design fee basis. With more complex designs or where multiple iterations may be required, the designer will discuss an hourly or fixed fee for the design. In this situation, the designer will provide a proposal from Drainage Solutions but the client has the option to put the project out to competitive bid. Competitive bidding may require a higher level of detail to ensure that the client’s goals and expectations are met, whereas, in working with Drainage Solutions, the designer will have direct input in the construction process.
If you already have a hardscape/landscape plan by another designer, Drainage Solutions will be happy to provide a competitive bid on your project.
Contact Drainage Solutions via our online contact form, by email or phone at (703) 520-3174 and a professional consultant will contact you as soon as possible for an initial discussion of your situation, and then schedule an on-site appointment, generally within a few days or at your earliest convenience.
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