In case you haven't heard the term before, hardscaping is any part of your outdoor landscaping that is manmade, including items made from Cast stone, brick, concrete, metal, or wood. This is as opposed to living plantscape, which generally consists of the flora in your yard.
A modern outdoor design project will incorporate both hard and soft elements working together to create a beautiful and functional outdoor space that acts as an extension of your home for your family and friends to enjoy. If you do it right, your hardscaping could even transform your outdoor space from a traditional yard with pretty flowers and plants to an exciting and unique living space.
Here are a few helpful hardscaping tips that will allow any homeowner to make the most of available outdoor space.
1. Measure Your Space
You can't really get started planning your hardscaping project until you know what kind of space you're working with. This knowledge can help you to put together a design and create a budget before starting your project.
2. Plan Ahead
There are two things to consider in the planning process: budget and design. You don't want to start any hardscaping project if you're missing one or both of these elements.
If your budget allows, consider hiring a professional to put together a design for you. There are programs you can use to dream up your outdoor spaces on your own, but without a background in design you might end up with a major disaster in your yard.
3. Comparison Shop
Even with a design in place that sketches out the basic layout of your yard, you might not have a firm handle on the hardscape materials and elements you want to include.
Your best bet is to comparison shop, learning about the differences in cost, construction, durability, and aesthetic appeal associated with a variety of materials. Even though you might like the price point of concrete, the look may not appeal to you as much as, say, natural stone. So shop around before making any decisions.
In design, form follows function. Before you start perusing planter boxes and pavers, you need to make sure that you have considered how you want your yard to function, as well as the role that your intended usage, regional weather, and other environmental factors will play.
Finally, it's time to think about the element of beauty in your yard. Hardscaping, when done right, can transform your yard into an attractive retreat.
Think about how every paver, planter, and piece of furniture will work together to create a cohesive whole and provide visual appeal, in addition to functional value. You'll end up with a hardscape that perfectly compliments your living landscape and makes your home more attractive overall.
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