When you’re in the process of creating a stunning outdoor space, the hard materials and structures you incorporate are what really make all the difference. When it comes to hardscaping, there is an almost infinite variety of materials to choose from and as many ways to use those materials. Here are four of the best hardscape elements you should consider adding to your yard or garden to create the ultimate outdoor space.
A few large stones placed throughout your landscaped areas can help to add visual appeal and natural beauty to your outdoor area. Best of all, even very large stones are usually quite inexpensive at a garden and landscaping supply center. Pick out a few good ones, have them delivered, and place them in the right spots to add some extra depth to your flower beds or shrubbery areas.
One of the perennial standbys of hardscape design is the classic stone walkway. Simple and timeless, a stone walkway winding through your backyard is a great way to massively increase its visual appeal. Of course, you can use different stones and design plans to add a personal touch to your walkway. The more you can make it your own, the more you’ll enjoy it.
Built-in Fire Pit
Building a fire pit out of bricks or paving stones is a great way to add a functional and attractive element to your yard’s hardscaping. A built-in fire pit makes a great DIY project and can easily be built in an afternoon. Once it’s finished, you’ll be able to enjoy backyard fires with friends and family in the evenings whenever you want.
Finally, a brick patio can be a perfect way to round out your hardscape design. A patio area will give you a space to relax, grill, and accommodate other recreational activities. Like a fire pit, a brick patio is a project you can probably tackle on your own, though it may be worthwhile to bring in a landscaping contractor if you’re building an especially large one. A brick patio is an especially good addition to your yard if your home has a brick exterior, since the two will complement each other nicely.
Of course, there are many hardscape project ideas you can use to improve your home’s outdoor spaces. Once you have a good hardscape plan in place, you can start adding the elements you want to your yard one at a time or tackle the entire project at once.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan