Typically made of some type of stone, a hardscape includes the permanent, non-changing elements of your outdoor space. A hardscape is a great way to add architectural elements to your landscape and may include patios, walkways, retaining walls, pools or fire pits.
Just as you would take great care in planning your landscaping design, be sure to take the same level of care in designing stone features (perhaps more, since hardscapes are more permanent features). Here are a few of our tips to help guide you in planning a hardscape:
- Consider your entire landscape as a whole. How much space to you have a available for your hardscape? What might you want to add right away versus over time? Maybe a patio would make sense now, but you’d like to leave space to put in that pool in the future.
- Be mindful of water drainage. Water will need a place to go; you certainly don’t want it pooling on your new patio, or worse – into your basement or crawlspace. Your hardscape design should grade away from your home so that water will drain naturally without pooling in corners or the middle of the design.
- Feature the functional of your hardscape. Your design should feel like it has some purpose and should add to the function of your home as well. It should convey its purpose as a comfortable dinging area, or an outdoor living room that’s extended inside, a fire pit where friends and family to gather at night.
- Be creative. Curves are appealing and take advantage of the natural lines of the outdoors. Incorporate greenery where you can to contrast and complement the hardscape design. Planting flowers or shrubs along edges or even in built-in planters helps make your hardscape feel more of a natural part of the entire landscape.
If you're interested in adding a hardscape feature to your home, give Nice and Green Landscape a call. We design and install hardscapes and provide landscape construction throughout the eastern Massachusetts.