deck patio luxury estate home vancouver british columbia canada[/caption]A common question that we are asked in the pool industry is what is a “hardscape”? To make it simple, a hardscape is anything related to the landscaping, that is not plant material. For example, a hardscape can be a wall, a firepit, a fireplace, patio or deck, walkways, steps, or other structure that is “hard”. Typically, for a garden or yard to be complete, they need some sort of hardscape.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to adding hardscape features to your yard. Below are a few of the options.
beautiful landscaping garden retaining wall[/caption]Walls can serve both form and function. They can separate outdoor rooms, or they can seperate the varying elevations in a yard. A lot of times, the landscape necessitates the need for retaining walls. For instance, if your yard slopes downhill, terraces and walls can serve to keep the soil in place, while adding interest to your overall landscape.
Patios and Decking
Patios and decking service a similar purpose. They add interest to your overall landscape and provide a place to create seating. When it comes to creating a patio or deck, the materials that can be used are endless. You can choose anything from simple concrete to travertine pavers to limestone. There are many options when it comes to decking materials.
Walkways can be made of materials ranging from pavers, gravel, stone, brick or even plant material. Always consider who will be using the walkway, when deciding what material to use. For instance, you don’t want a gravel walkway if someone with a cain will be using the walkway.
Firepits and fireplaces are becoming more and more popular choices for hardscapes. When it comes to choosing your outdoor fire source, the options are increasing. You can choose anything from a built in firebowl to an elaborate stone covered fireplace.
Other popular hardscapes include pergolas and arbors. They can provide shelter from the sun and rain. If done correctly, these hardscapes can help connect the indoor living space to the outdoor living space.
The most important thing when considering your hardscape, is to consider form and function. You want to make sure that your hardscape will not only serve the purpose you intent, but also that it coordinates with the overall landscape and the home. You want to create a seamless transition from the home to the outdoor area.
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