Hard Landscape: How To Improve Your Outdoor Living Areas

 

Do you want to create an outdoor living space that provides luxury, comfort and functionality? This article offers numerous paving and landscaping ideas to help you create an outdoor space you will love.

Hard landscaping, or hardscaping, is the placement of non plant materials in an outdoor area. These items include walkways, patios, lighting, fences and other structures. Simply put, hardscaping is any inanimate object in the landscape.

Walkways

Using walkways in your landscape design can help separate different areas of your backyard. There are numerous materials that can be used for walkways, including flagstones, cement, bricks, mulch and pebbles. To help soften the area, try using curves rather than straight line.

Patios and Decks

Patios and decks are great ways to improve your outdoor areas. These hardscape features provide you and your guests a place to sit and socialize. The materials that can be used include concrete, rock and wood. A patio or deck allows you to place tables, chairs and other outdoor furniture in your landscape.

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Seating

When planning your outdoor living space, you need to include plenty of seating options for everyone. Seating options can be tables and chairs, porch swings, hammocks or built in seating made with concrete edging or pavers.

Water Features

Water features, such as a small pond with a waterfall or a pool is a great way to enhance the landscape. In addition to adding interest to the landscape, a water feature can be used as an entertainment area. A pool can help you cool off on a hot summer day, while a Koi pond is a great way to unwind and relax.

Other Hardscape Ideas

There are many other hardscape ideas that can help improve the look of your yard. For example, fences can provide a gorgeous backdrop for your plants or it can be used to hide unsightly areas in the landscape.

Fire pits are another great feature that can enhance the landscape. Whether you decide to build your own fire pit or purchase one from your local home improvement store, a fire pit can be a gathering place. Set a few comfy chairs around the fire pit to maximize the usage of this space.

Creating an outdoor oasis is a breeze when you combine the aforementioned hard landscaping ideas with a variety of bushes, flowers and trees. Your yard will go from ho-hum to a landscape that makes your neighbors jealous.