Innovative Hardscaping Ideas Can Transform Your Yard
In the early 20th century, most consumers treated the backyard as a service area and not as a living space. Today, homeowners are transforming their yards into outdoor rooms complete with modern conveniences. Currently, hardscapes such as outdoor kitchens are very trendy. When you’re searching for a professional to install your hardscaping ideas, hire Landscape Solutions & Designs, Inc.
The Use Of Hardscapes In The Backyard
Hardscapes are those non-living elements of your yard. These include walkways, driveways, patios, and pergolas. Adding hardscapes to your yard offers many great benefits:
1. Reduces Maintenance
Living plants require care to keep them healthy. Watering, fertilizing, and weeding are usually some of the required chores. While hardscapes also require some maintenance, the time commitment is much, much lower.
2. Solves Some Landscaping Problems
Do you have a sloping yard? Erosion problems? Not enough shade? Installing hardscape elements like retaining walls, fences, or pergolas can solve some of your most difficult landscaping issues.
3. Adds Outdoor Living Space
Many homeowners no longer look at their backyard as a separate space from their home. Instead, they see it as an extension of their indoor living areas. Today’s landscaping designs bring modern technology outside for seamless integration.
4. Conserves Water
Grass and other plants need water to stay healthy. Furthermore, the EPA estimates the average American uses about 100 gallons of water per day for outdoor use. By installing hardscape elements, like patios, you can reduce your lawn and water usage.
5. Increases Your Property Value
Installing hardscape elements can turn your yard into one of your home’s biggest assets. By transforming your yard into an appealing outdoor space, you increase its value.
Planning And Preparing Your Yard For Hardscaping
One of the most overlooked steps for DIYers is to have an overall plan for your yard. Sometimes when adding a hardscape, homeowners neglect to consider how the element will affect their whole yard. However, when you add a hardscape, you need to consider the flow and aesthetics of your landscaping.
Moreover, when designing your plan, you must also consider any above or below-ground utility lines. For example, as trees grow, their branches can conflict with overhead lines. Tree roots, too, will seek out water and can disrupt water, septic, or sewer lines. Finally, calling 811 before you dig to mark underground utility lines will avoid costly penalties and protect the infrastructure.
Next, it’s crucial to determine your soil type. Your soil type determines how well it will compact and allow water to move through it. While compacted soil is bad for plants, it’s critical for providing a foundation for your hardscape. In addition, how water infiltrates your soil can affect the longevity of your hardscape. Without proper drainage, you’ll have too much moisture compromising the integrity of your foundation.
Generally, for longevity, durability, and aesthetics, you should hire a professional to install your hardscape. Before your landscaping company arrives to begin work, clean the area of all organic debris. Remove any decorations, seating, and children’s toys.
FAQs About Hardscaping Ideas
Sorting through hardscaping ideas to find the perfect one for your backyard can be overwhelming. Let the design experts at Landscape Solutions help you turn your backyard into your paradise. Below, we answer a few commonly asked questions.
What Do Customers Say About Landscape Solutions & Design, Inc.?
Our business has grown primarily from references from previous customers. Here is what a few of our customers have to say about us:
I’m a repeat customer with Kostas and the team. I did a fairly simple paver patio with landscaping at our last house which turned out exactly as I had hoped. The Belgard regional rep even commented on the excellent install job that Red and the team did. So when we moved and needed another patio it was an easy choice. This time we added an outdoor kitchen, irrigation, and a fence to go with our landscaping and patio. Kostas was a one stop shop for the entire yard. He and his team worked with us on every step of the way to ensure it turned out exactly how we wanted it. As others have commented the wait list is long but it was worth the wait both times. – Paul Benjamin
We needed a retaining wall and patio to fix a mud pit in our back yard. Kostas was recommended by a friend that does engineering plans for retaining walls. We are extremely pleased with the results and are enjoying the new space on the patio. Juan was our crew chief and he kept the project moving and the worksite clean throughout the weeks of work. His great results are from years of experience. – Jeff Cameron
Can I Finance My Hardscape Project?
Absolutely! We’ve partnered with Greensky, a leading financing company specializing in loans for home improvements. You may qualify for a deferred interest loan or a budget-minded option. Plus, Greensky offers an easy, paperless application process.
Do You Provide Other Services Besides The Installation Of Hardscapes?
Landscape Solutions & Design, Inc. is a full-service landscaping company. We offer both softscaping and hardscaping ideas to transform your outdoor space:
- Outdoor kitchens
- Water features
- Landscape lighting
- Tree removal
- Retaining walls
- Lawn care
- Artificial turf installation
- And more!
We serve the greater Triad Area, Raleigh, Charlotte, Lake Norman, Southern Pines, and the surrounding towns. Call us at 336-442-0160 for a free no-obligation consultation.