Hardscape installers skills - natural stone vs concrete pavers
I have been planning my landscape for a while, and have spoken with a few different landscapers and a recently hired a landscape architect.
The LA made a pleasing design. He said the choice of materials is flexible, but generally envisioned a bluestone patio, and a semi dry laid fieldstone retaining wall.
Obviously there is a higher install cost on these products vs using pavers or block retaining wall systems.
My question is, if we use natural stone should we be more inclined to use a mason for that portion? Does a landscaper used to doing these systems have a skills deficit if the manufactured products are used?
There are significant plantings, regrading and other improvements in the plan, so I'd rather be able to combine jobs and not have to carve up the job to a bunch of different subs, but not at the cost of quality given the likely expense.