When most people think of landscaping, we picture trees and shrubs in attractive arrangements and beds of flowers. However, the more accurate term for these plantings is softscaping, which encompasses all of the plant life in a landscape. The other element of a well-designed landscape is hardscaping. Hardscaping encompasses all of the non-plant parts of a yard: paths and walkways, patios, retaining walls, seating areas, shelters, fences, fire pits, and water features. Hardscaping and softscaping work in tandem to balance your overall landscape.
Hardscaping has both aesthetic and practical purposes. A retaining wall could both prevent erosion from a sloped area and add a new, level space for a flower bed or a patio. A stone path in a heavily trafficked area can save your lawn from wear and tear and add natural beauty and interest to the setting. A well-placed fence can function as a barrier for pets, children, or delicate plants. Hardscape can also reduce the amount of time you spend maintaining your yard by replacing high-maintenance lawns with low-maintenance features.
Each property has unique hardscaping possibilities. When contemplating adding hardscape, first consider how you would like to use your outdoor space. Then, assess the challenges and opportunities your space presents. Working with a professional Landscape Architect will ensure that your dream becomes a plan—and a qualified landscape professional, like All-N-1, can make that plan a reality. Whether you need a simple retaining wall to address slope and drainage issues, or want a complete outdoor transformation, we can design your perfect hardscape and proceed in phases as your budget allows.
Hardscaping adds value to your home by expanding your usable living area into the great outdoors—creating spaces for entertaining, family recreation, and the beautiful elements of softscaping. Stay tuned for special blog features exploring the individual elements of hardscaping—inspiration for you to dream up the perfect outdoor living space that fits your family’s lifestyle. After all, your home is your space, inside—and out.