What Does Hardscaping Usually Consist Of?

What Does Hardscaping Usually Consist Of For A Home?When hardscaping is designed and installed correctly, the results can be tremendous. It’s the perfect complement to planting areas and can bring definition to the space. For this reason, many homeowners use it to boost a property’s curb appeal, establish an outdoor entertainment area or just create a little beauty. The best way to go about this is hiring a professional to help you determine the best-suited design. There are many approaches to designing and placing these installations, and the work can be taxing without assistance.

What does hardscaping usually consist of?

Most projects are made with wood, brick, stone or concrete, though most installers will pick just a couple to complete the project. All have their advantages, but many professionals are making a shift toward concrete pavers. Concrete pavers are precisely cut pieces of concrete that can be dyed any color and produced in many shapes. They are extremely versatile, visually diverse and easy to maintain, creating a perfect combination of form and function.

These materials can be in an endless number of designs. A common choice is laying down a stone or paver path from the road to the front door. This path can be built in straight, precise lines or made with a curvy, playful approach. Paths are also a common fixture around focal points in the yard, like a water feature, or in a garden. It may seem counterintuitive to place a path or other stone or concrete fixture in a garden, but designers agree that it is best to give people something to anchor their vision to when building a scene. Flowers and plants may be more interesting visually than a path or stacked stone arrangement, but if there is no contrast, people will be overwhelmed by an uniform arboreal look. Even something as innocuous as a small birdbath can tie a floral design together.

Hardscaping also makes sense when building an area for entertaining guests or for setting up an outdoor kitchen. The visual and tactile contrast between stone or concrete and soil helps draw attention and help establish a gathering spot. It’s easier to arrange chairs and tables on a stable platform. On exceptionally large properties, the homeowner may elect to create a large entertainment area using stone or concrete and build branching paths off of it.

Properties that are close to a hill may benefit from retaining walls made from sturdy, durable materials. Retaining walls push soil back and hold it up, creating multiple flat layers into a single slope. This maximizes the space afforded to the homeowner and can create a striking look as well.

Finally, some homeowners just want the visual punch stone and concrete can bring to a home. For example, an installer may set aside a large area and lay down fine gravel. Small boulders are then arranged on top of the gravel to create color and size contrast. The effect is like a giant zen garden, offering a place for the homeowner to relax.
 
No matter what a homeowner chooses to do with their new installation, it will create a beautiful design flourish that other projects can’t match.

This article was published on Tuesday 02 December, 2014.


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