You love your home—you really do! But, recently, you attended an outdoor party at the home of some new acquaintances and were dazzled by their gorgeous backyard! These friends had a sloped yard just like yours with a relaxing lounge area, an outdoor barbeque and a fire pit, all connected to the rear of their home by custom stone steps. You have always thought that the slope of your yard would hinder any kind of landscaping, but now you see so many possibilities! Here are five things to consider when looking for a masonry contractor in Portsmouth, Rhode Island:

Price

One of the first things you should do is decide how much you can spend. Maybe you have been saving for an outdoor kitchen, or maybe you can only spend the amount of your yearly bonus. Whatever your budget, find a masonry contractor who will work with what you can afford. Even if you don’t have the funds for all of the plans you have dreamt up, a great contractor can help you decide where to start, and then provide a blueprint for future masonry additions.

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Expertise

Not every contractor is licensed or experienced in every kind of masonry, so knowing ahead of time which look you prefer for your hardscape can direct you to the right place. Suggestions for the right materials, shape, layout and resolving any landscape challenges should factor in to the design strategy. Once you have a general idea of what kind of patio area you want, your contractor should be able to assist you in the design process.

Workmanship

Any established masonry contractor should have a portfolio of completed work, representing a variety of completed projects. Seeing projects from all of the available material choices can aid in your decision-making. Premier Landscape are happy for you to visit their previous projects in person to help you make the best decision for your own landscape. Seeing real examples and the quality of workmanship is an ideal way to know if a contractor will produce the results you want.

Recommendations/References

Don’t hesitate to ask for references from a contractor you are considering for your project, and follow up on them! Search the website for testimonials from previous clients, and request permission to contact prior clients for feedback on their projects. Ask important questions such as: Was the work completed on time? How were emergencies/unexpected problems handled? Would you hire this contractor to work for you again?

Timeframe

Most masonry contractors have multiple jobs going at a time, so confirming a timeframe for beginning and completing the job is crucial. If you are in a hurry to have an outdoor kitchen completed in time for your child’s high school graduation party, for example, this could potentially increase the price. However, if you are able to wait until another job is done or until the busy season is over, you might get a better price and a quicker completion time.

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While it may be tempting to choose the contractor with the least expensive quote, be certain that this does not mean using inferior materials or unreliable labor. Premier Landscape of Portsmouth is recognized throughout Rhode Island for first-class service and high-quality results. So you can turn that sloping backyard into the outdoor area you have always wanted!