Hardscape Materials Critical to the DesignMaterials selection is very important when designing a hardscape. Depending on the theme of both home architecture and the surrounding landscape, materials will ultimately be chosen in such a way that it will unify the landscape and the building. For example, stones and pebbles from beaches, seashores, mountains and hills will make a very interesting effect on any hardscape design.
What to Include in the Hardscape DesignVarious hardscape elements can be included in the design of your landscape. Paver patios and driveways are often built to establish the stark contrasts in the contemporary design. Stone works ranging from cut stone to limestone and tile can be used to create any theme.
Drainage is another important element in any hardscape design projects. Structures are commonly built in a front yard or back yard to create a potential dam for rainwater. It will prevent water from encroaching on other structures or collecting at its base. The drainage design has to have functional value while still upholding aesthetics.
Hardscape designs may also include seat walls, retaining wall, columns, and curbs. These structures are designed either as components of irrigation systems, or as barriers against water encroachment from areas outside of the landscape proper. They add a striking characteristic to an outdoor space while offering several options from a fully developed outdoor entertainment. Brick fireplaces; stonewall structures, and dry stack stones are also popular backyard additions.
An appealing pool will not be possible if not for a well-planned hardscape design. Not only can the area surrounding the pool be enhanced with a patio wing and a fireplace, but the walls surrounding it can also be elegantly installed.
A great hardscape design should add functionality in the backyard. Since hardscapes relate to comfort and create new living spaces, then these elements would bring very important roles.