Add the term “hardscaping” to your vocabulary today

Add the term “hardscaping” to your vocabulary today

You’re likely familiar with what landscaping is, but a lesser-known term, hardscaping, is making its way through the design field and it’s something you should know about if you want to create a beautiful, inviting outdoor space.

Essentially, hardscaping refers to all of the non-living elements of your yard’s design scheme.  This includes footpaths, water features, fences, seating areas, patios, decks and structures such as pergolas and gazebos.  These features help to punctuate the space, delineating different areas for play, seating, dining, etc.

Hardscaping can add visual interest and make your yard more inviting, but there are also very practical reasons for you to invest in hardcaping your yard.  First, adding these types of features to your yard can dramatically increase your home’s resale value.  Unlike elaborate gardens, hardscaping features don’t require a lot of maintenance, so potential buyers can get all of the benefits of a beautiful and functional yard without the work.  Speaking of function, even if you aren’t planning to sell your home, adding hardscaping features to your yard make it more usable for your family.  Creating usable, beautiful, outdoor living spaces that meet the needs of your family will make your time spent outside more enjoyable.

If you aren’t a gardener, you may lament the fact that you’ll never have a beautiful yard.  That’s not the case!  Hardscaping allows you to express your creativity and style preferences by incorporating elements into your yard that perfectly express what you love.  No green thumb required.  The same is true if you live in an area where perhaps growing conditions aren’t favourable to most plants or there is a water shortage.  In either case, growing a garden full of lush plants and vibrant flowers may not be in the cards.  Nevertheless, hardscaping can give you the beautiful yard you are after without having to worry about how well plants will grow.

The best thing about hardscaping is that it doesn’t have to be expensive.  Whatever your budget, you can create a beautiful outdoor space that will be an extensive of your home.  You can create a space that is both functional and beautiful, even if you can’t spend a lot of money.  It doesn’t take much to create a beautiful space in your yard.  If your budget is a little more generous, you can go full-on and add a large patio, an extensive deck, shelter such as a pergola and more than one seating area.  The important thing is to consider your budget and your family’s needs in conjunction with one another.

Whether you are looking for a way to improve your home’s resale value or if you are simply looking for a way to make your yard prettier and more functional, hardcaping could be the answer you are looking for.  If you aren’t sure where to start, contact an expert such as Ombra Sole for some help.  Experts in the outdoor spaces field can help you to determine what your needs are and the products that will best meet those needs.