You might be considering a backyard renovation. Maybe you're planning to sell your home and want to make the outdoors pop. Maybe you're ready to move toward something more water-friendly than your current lawn. Hardscapes have been popular for decades, but those new to the style should have a plan for how to integrate these design elements. 

What is Hardscaping? 

Hardscapes are the non-living elements in your yard like a patio, flagstone walkway, or stone wall. Softscapes are ground cover, lawns, plants. Your yard likely already has both hardscapes and softscapes. 

How to Use Hardscaping

Since hardscaping includes nearly all non-living elements, your choices are limitless. Many homeowners opt to expand their patio or deck to create more outdoor living space. Fire features like fire pits or patio fire places with comfortable seating offers a designated place to socialize outdoors. In gardens, choose boulders as a focal point or add a stone edging.

Functional Hardscaping

Hardscaping does not just have to add visual appeal to your yard. You can also choose to go the functional route. A stone retaining wall, a flagstone walkway, or a gravel pathway can all provide dimension while serving a purpose. 

Water Efficiency

Your hardscaping will usually require much less water than its softscape counterparts. Consider replacing a portion of your lawn with a gravel "island" and some statement plants. A flagstone patio doesn't require any water at all. Choose a water-efficient water system for the plants you do have within your hardscape to minimize runoff and over watering. 

Adding hardscaping to your yard does not have to be overwhelming. Work with a landscape contractor to choose a design that fits your lifestyle and your budget while taking into account your property. If you are planning to sell your home, adding hardscaping can make your home stand out and increase your property value. Contact Sallan Real Estate for more information about selling your property and for a complimentary market analysis. 



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