Hardscaping is a trend that continues to grow in popularity. Hardscaping is the inclusion of non-living design elements such as a stone walkway, patio, steps, retaining wall, fireplace or pool deck in your exterior design. Hardscaping can be used in conjunction with or as an alternative to landscaping with trees, shrubs and flowers.
You can expand your living, dining and entertaining space with a patio. You can easily find patio pavers in colors that complement the exterior of your home. Pavers can be arranged to create unique designs and specific patterns. If space allows, you can have a patio that includes an outdoor kitchen or grilling area and a spacious living and entertaining area. A firepit is an addition that can enable you to enjoy your patio as the seasons change and the evenings get cool.
Create an entrance
Hardscaping can be used to create an impressive driveway or walkway. Working with professionals, you can design a unique entryway to your front door. There’s an extensive variation in step designs and configurations. Adding lighting along a walkway or at the entrance to your driveway can increase the curb appeal of your home. If you’re using hardscaping in conjunction with landscaping, creatively designed stone walkways can lead visitors to your door or through your garden.
Additional Benefits of Hardscaping
Choosing non-living materials to enhance the curb appeal of your home eliminates the time-consuming chores that living landscape elements require. Adding a few planters or containers of flowers will add color to your yard or patio but you won’t have to spend your free time doing the upkeep tasks that a landscape requires. Using hardscape elements around your home can increase your property value. If you have some erosion issues, an uneven yard or drainage issues, an attractive retaining wall can help resolve those issues.
Spending hours on the weekend or in the evenings taking care of a lawn and flower beds may not be your idea of the ideal way to enjoy leisure time. On the other hand, cooking on the patio, dining out under the stars, relaxing in a comfortable outdoor chaise or free-standing swing chair and entertaining friends in your beautiful outdoor living area may exactly what you’d like to do on the weekends and evenings.