Hardscapes are becoming more and more popular amongst those that are looking to modernize their landscape and without the added maintenance. Many of our clients are looking to transition into hardscapes from their softscapes, simply because it will give their outdoor space better longevity and without the ongoing maintenance required of traditional laws. Hardscapes integrate the use of hardened surfaces to make up most of the structures, such as patios, concrete walkways or pathways, as well as stairs, walls, and even decorative structures, such as rock beds.
What is a Hardscape?
A hardscape utilizes hardened building materials to make up the core areas of your outdoor space. This can be anything from the walkways to the patio or lounge areas. On a hardscape, you'll often see more hardened building materials than you will natural grass. This does not mean your outdoor space needs to be a concrete haven, but rather that there will be more hard surfaces than there will be natural, green ones – typically from the grass. We encourage you to consider adding plants and other flowers or greenery to your hardscape through potted plants, hanging planters, and more. This will give you more control of your plants and still require less maintenance.
Many clients will often choose a hardscape for their outdoor space because it requires less maintenance and is long-lasting throughout the seasons. Hardscapes also work well during various temperatures and types of weather because hardscapes are typically made from stronger building materials that do not succumb to damage as easily. Hardscapes are also not as prone to erosion during rainstorms, meaning that your hardscape will stay in place during any, if not all, weather changes.
Colors and Textures
If you are looking to add some color back into your hardscape, you can easily do this with the addition of potted plants. Not only does this give your hardscape some texture and dimension, but it’ll add more color than the traditional colors integrated from the building materials used to create the hardscape. Your hardscape doesn’t need to look like a flattened slab of concrete. It can be a mixture of textures and building materials that work together to build something unique yet functional. Most of the hardened building materials that we use can also be customized in some fashion to deliver you the aesthetic results you’re looking for. You can have anything from stamped concrete to stained concrete, to even a mixture of stone colors that fit your personal taste. We have it all!
Retaining walls are often part of many hardscapes, especially those that are built on multilevel spaces. Retaining walls can either be big or small, depending on how much soil they need to hold in place. We can build retaining walls that line your stairs and transition around your hardscape to build the dimensions you need for a neatly-groomed hardscape that is also structured and organized. Retaining walls can often be made from brick, stone, and concrete, and can even be customized to your liking.