Landscaping shapes and beautifies the outdoor areas surrounding your home or another property. It makes it more functional and practical for daily use. Hardscaping takes the concept a step further by creating a more permanent and functional outdoor space that helps you enjoy being outside while still having some comforts of the indoors.
More specifically, hardscaping places non-living materials, like stone, wood, and metal, to create outdoor spaces that are functional, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing. You might add an outdoor kitchen, patio, or pool deck that incorporates hardscaping materials and transforms your outdoor space into a more livable area.
Blending hardscaping and landscaping creates the ideal outdoor space. It also makes your land more functional and aesthetically pleasing than simply having a sprawling lawn.
Common Hardscaping Features
Many hardscaping features commonly appear in and greatly complement the landscape. They can make use of natural elements, like water or fire, to create a remarkable living space that is ideal for entertaining family and friends or just enjoying time outside.
Commonly used hardscaping features include:
- Water features
- Fire features
- Arbors, pergolas, and trellises
Many homes have patios, decks, or both that range from small to large. Both spaces are outstanding ways to enjoy outdoor grilling, sunbathing, and entertaining visitors. Decks typically are made from wood, while patios might use stone, tile, brick, or other popular and attractive hardscaping materials.
Water and Fire Features Add Comfort and Beauty
The combination of landscape and hardscape design help to ensure absolute beauty while supporting a functional purpose for your home’s outdoor space. Water and fire features are good examples.
You might have a fountain that also doubles as a source of water for flowers and other outdoor plants. A small reflecting pool can reflect trees, flower blossoms, and other outdoor plants while enabling you to reflect upon their beauty.
An outdoor fireplace can make a patio or deck more comfortable on cool evenings. You might have an outdoor grill that enables you to stoke a fire and grill some food while enjoying the outdoor space of your home or another property.
Arbors, Pergolas, and Trellises Enhance Outdoor Beauty
Popular outdoor plants include those that grow on vines. A climbing vine can separate outdoor spaces with aesthetically pleasing greenery that might include flower blossoms and a pleasing aroma.
Many combinations of landscape and hardscape design include the use of mostly wooden arbors, pergolas, and trellises. Such structures enable climbing vines and similar plants to create a highly functional hardscape that complements the landscape design. You could have a partly or fully covered walkway, separate outdoor space, or other hardscaping items that transform a simple lawn into an enviable and highly functional outdoor space.
MSE Hardscape Design and Installation in Raymore, MO, is highly experienced at transforming outdoor spaces. Call us to learn more about our many great services.