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Pavers, retaining walls, decks, and driveways are typically considered “hardscape” by landscape architects and landscapers. There are often prize-winning features in these designs, such as the flower garden, the placement of trees, and the shape of the space.

Despite this, hardscape provides structural support as well as a complementary framework. Hardscape plays an instrumental role in managing water, erosion, light, space, and safety in a landscape.

Materials can be chosen to blend into the background or to provide visual interest. Smooth granite, cast iron trench drains, wrought gates, decorative pavers, simple brickwork, or mosaic tiled stones: small design choices can lead to very different aesthetics, even when the garden elements stay the same.

Conceptualizing a hardscape project for your home

Do you want to create an outdoor dining area, a walkway, a patio, or something else? Knowing the purpose of the hardscape will help guide your design choices.

Hardscapes can be expensive, so it’s important to have a rough idea of how much you can afford to spend before you start designing.

Do you want a formal, traditional look or something more modern and contemporary?

Take into account the size, shape, and slope of your yard when designing your hardscape. You’ll also want to consider the location of utilities, such as water and gas lines, as well as any trees or other features that may be impacted by the project.

There are many different materials that can be used for hardscapes, including brick, concrete, natural stone, and pavers. Consider the style, durability, and maintenance requirements of each material when making your selection.
Create a rough sketch or drawing: This will help you visualize the layout and design of your hardscape and make any necessary adjustments before beginning construction.

L A Landscapes has the expertise, talent, and knowledge to plan and execute the project. A professional can bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the project and ensure that it is completed safely and effectively. We can help you create a more detailed plan and provide estimates for materials and labor costs.