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Hardscape Ideas to Improve the Curb Appeal of your House

We’ve all heard of curb appeal – that cozy feeling you get when you look at a house. Surely, some homeowners have this down perfectly and their house feels very inviting. Yet, how does your house measure up? Maybe, it’s been awhile since you’ve given your outside a critical look. Even more, once you examine your outdoor area, you realize you need some serious landscaping. And not just pruning some bushes either. The walkway is uneven and cracked while shrubs encroach on either side. Admittedly, you also want to do more backyard entertaining, but your backyard garden screams jungle. You need some new hardscape ideas for your outside; however, you have no idea about how to start.

When your outside needs a serious makeover, don’t hesitate to call Landscape Solutions and Design. We’ve been beautifying landscapes in North Caroline since 2006. Providing landscape solutions for both residential and commercial properties, we can make your property look stunning. From installing a walkway, a patio or driveway, grading, a retaining wall, or water feature, we cover it all.

Hardscape vs. Softscape

There are 2 components to landscaping your outdoor property, hardscape and softscape. Hardscape elements are those solid, man-made surfaces such as paving, driveways and walkways, patios, and retaining walls. Softscape elements are the living aspect, the garden area, grass and trees. Ideally, a well-designed landscape incorporates a balance between the two elements.

Indeed, maintaining the paved areas creates visual appeal and can make the entrance to your home or business accessible. But your walkway can be more than just a smooth surface for visitors to access your front door. Your walkway can be a stunning artistic expression. For example, Landscape Solutions and Design can make your walkway out of concrete, asphalt, brick, pavers, flagstone or rock. Each of these materials will give your walkway a distinct look to accentuate your property.

How Hardscape Ideas Can Improve Your Outdoor Look

Certainly, walkways are only one aspect of hardscape. An oft-overlooked element is your driveway or parking lot. If you are a business owner and your parking lot has potholes, you send a distinct message to your customers. Likewise, having a cracked driveway does little for your home’s curb appeal.

According to Better Homes and Gardens, concrete is among the most cost-effective and long-lasting of landscape materials. However, concrete will eventually crack to some degree. Unfortunately, asphalt degrades under the ultraviolet rays from the sun and heat. Therefore, asphalt needs to be resealed every three or four years.

Nevertheless, gone are the days when your choices were a poured concrete or asphalt driveway. Although these are still popular choices, you can also choose interlocking concrete pavers. Interlocking pavers are a durable and uniform product that can actually create a stronger driveway than poured concrete. Plus, they are available in a variety of shapes, styles, patterns, and colors, giving you plenty of choices.

Not sure which is the right choice for you? Give Landscape Solutions and Designs a call at 336-442-0160 or fill out our web form. One of our technicians will be glad to discuss the options and prices and see what best fits your needs.

Turn your Landscape and Hardscape Dreams into Realty

Typically, hardscape is so much more than just driveways and parking lots. Perhaps you have a hilly yard that could benefit from a retaining wall. Or, maybe you want a brick or concrete patio for an outdoor dining area. Also, an outside oasis created by forming a patio surrounded by flowering plants makes a welcome retreat. Moreover, an outdoor kitchen can add precious entertaining space to your home. Then, add a firepit or outdoor fireplace to use the area all year long. The possibilities are endless and here at Landscape Solutions and Design we can help you make your hardscape ideas happen.

Of course, all of these projects increase the value of your home, when the time comes to sell! In the meantime, just enjoy these enhancements!

When you are looking to update your outdoor garden areas, don’t hesitate to call Landscape Solutions and Design. Our landscaping design specialists have a combined 15 years-experience.  We hold certifications by John Deere Landscape University and Vista Professional Lighting. Additionally, we are North Carolina licensed for applying pesticides, should the need arise.  Finally, we are a member of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute. This gives us access to the most current technical information for the design and installation of pavers.

Nonetheless, don’t take our word for it, check out our positive reviews from happy customers. From installation of landscapes and hardscapes, to lighting and maintenance of both commercial and residential properties, we can help you. So, when you need any services to enhance your property, call Landscape Solutions and Design at 336-442-0160.