Hardscaping is a type of landscaping which involves adding non-living elements to your area. This may include walls, bricks, ponds, or fountains to enhance your property and give it definition. Hardscaping usually utilizes materials like stone, wood, metal, and brick, and is a great way to define and separate your softscape (living) features like grass, flowers, bushes, and trees.
Hardscaping can be something as simple as a stone walkway, or as complex as an outdoor kitchen. If you are considering hardscaping for your back yard, here are a few ideas to get started.
Daybed & Inflatable Outdoor Furniture
Daybeds are a great way to give yourself a comfortable spot to sit, read, play games, or just relax with friends and family. The best furniture is one that is not only comfortable, but also looks good. Outdoor daybeds go well with almost any landscaping idea you have in mind, and can work in small or large spaces.
An English garden is an elegant way to hardscape your backyard. English gardens can work in any size space you have. Spice it up by adding comfortable seating for a warm and relaxing environment to unwind after work or even entertain friends. Your English garden can include things like hedges, colourful flowers, moss, stone elements, or whatever suits your fancy.
Add a Pergola or Gazebo
A pergola is another idea for hardscaping your backyard. Pergolas are structures that include a roof supported by beams or pillars. You can use your pergola to create a small seating area. Pergolas come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colours that can match it with almost any landscape.
Love to cook outdoors? An outdoor kitchen is a great addition to any backyard landscape. Outdoor kitchens are a great way to entertain friends and family as well as just eat and relax in your backyard. Most outdoor kitchens are custom built to suit your needs. Add the features you require, such as built-in grills, refrigerators, pizza ovens, fireplace, and prep stations. You can even add outdoor furniture such as a dining area to create an excellent place to eat and entertain.
With so many of us working from home, it’s important to create a space that allows you to concentrate without normal household distractions. Hardscaping a backyard office is the a perfect way to create a defined space dedicated solely to work. You can set it up on your patio, or custom build it to suit your needs. You can even add a comfortable easy chair to your backyard office for when you need to take a break.
Spruce up your Pool area
If you have a backyard pool, create the perfect pool paradise by adding umbrellas, tables, and outdoor sunloungers or lazy chairs to relax and soak up the sun after swimming. Inflatable outdoor furniture is a good choice for your pool area, as its durable as well as easy to maintain.
A great addition to any backyard hardscape is a koi pond. Koi ponds can be in the ground or above ground, depending on your space and personal preference. You can add unique fancy features to your Koi pond like waterfalls, bridges, or a deck with lazy chairs to sit, relax and enjoy the sounds of your Koi pond.
Regardless of how you choose to hardscape your backyard, with proper planning and research, you can transform your backyard into a lovely space that you can enjoy for years to come.