Hardscaping refers to the inanimate or non-living features used in landscape architecture. It is one of two major subcategories of “landscaping.” The other being softscape. Done properly, hardscaping offers an element of beauty that can make the difference between mere satisfaction and total enjoyment of your outdoor living space, as well as provide several additional benefits.
Examples of Hardscape Projects
All of the following project ideas would be considered hardscaping because they are structures that have been permanently constructed, using wood, stone or concrete. Ceramic pots, fire pits, Jacuzzis, and bird baths would not be considered hardscaping because they are not built-in.
- Retaining walls
- Outdoor kitchens
- Outdoor fireplaces
- Select water features (e.g., swimming pools, small ponds, and fountains)
Create privacy: We all like our privacy, right? There are many ways to add privacy to your landscape, from planting barrier shrubs to building block walls, stone walls or garden structures. Hardscape materials such as stone and block come in various styles to complement the architecture of your home. You can also paint block to match your home’s exterior. If you like the open feel of your neighborhood, you can choose instead to build a pergola or gazebo, which also expands your outdoor living space.
Correct grade issues: Poorly graded yards should be taken seriously. An uneven lawn can create a lot of problems, from soil erosion to damaged foundations or basements. Grade issues can also cause your yard to become inaccessible. Installing a retaining wall can help prevent these problems from occurring and, depending on design, provide a place to sit or an area for plants to grow. Adding a pathway or stairs can make the top or bottom of a steep slope more easily accessible.
Expand your living space: Outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, seating, and patios can create spaces for entertaining guests – or just spending time by yourself with a book in one hand and a glass of ice cold lemonade in the other – when the weather is nice. Expanding your living space can also help to increase property values. In fact, according to this year’s Cost vs. Value report, a patio has a 54.9% return on investment.
Are you looking to incorporate hardscaping into your landscape architecture? Contact Cutting Edge Curbing by visiting us online or calling (602) 353-1020 for all of your masonry needs. Our office is open from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturdays. We are closed on Sundays.