There are many features that can go into a modern landscaping design. Hardscape is the term most often used for physical features that may do things like hold plants and other softscape elements. Hardscape can also play a functional role in your outdoor space by doing things like defining a walkway, creating a non-slip patio around a pool, or even providing the structural components for a firepit and outdoor kitchen.

Adding hardscape features to your landscaping concept can also boost your home’s curb appeal and potential even increase the sale value of your home. Indeed, some sources speculate that adding landscaping and hardscape concepts to your property can increase its value by as much as 15-to-20%.

Hardscape comes in a variety of forms and there are some popular elements to consider. CM’s Custom Landscape designers can help you understand each option, the materials that will work best for your vision, and their impact on the project’s budget.

An open-air place for people to gather for eating and entertainment usually serves as a start attraction in most landscaping concepts. The size of a deck or patio can be influenced by the proximity to the house. Many people who don’t necessarily have a large area to accommodate a deck will also consider adding a patio in a second location. This is even more likely to be the case if a certain area gets a lot of sun, or you simply want your outdoor entertaining area to be close to the kitchen.

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Provide physical structure to do things like hold softscape planting beds. They are especially helpful if your hard or new landscaping concept has changes in elevation. In some cases. a retaining wall is absolutely essential for preventing long and short-term erosion problems.

Most retaining walls are made from landscaping blocks that are held together in some way. However, this is not the only option for a retaining wall. Natural stone, with professionally applied concrete as a mortar can also create a very attractive retaining wall. In some application, treated wood can also be used to create a retaining wall or a smaller feature such as steps connecting the public sidewalk to an elevated yard.

Retaining walls and landscape bricks can also be used to create raised beds for flowers or general gardening. Planting softscape like annual flowers or ornamental perennials in these areas can further enhance the visual appeal of your landscaping or simply provide an organic sight block between something like an outdoor entertainment space and the road.

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Might primarily serve as a way to outline the path from point A to point B. Yet by accenting them with attractive pavers, custom shaped concrete, or natural stone, you add to the visual appeal of your landscaping, while also preserving the nearby turf from foot traffic.

Steps And Ramps

Changes in elevation usually call for steps or an easy access ramp. There is a broad range of materials that can be used, based on your overarching landscaping concept. Steps and ramps are often included in retaining wall plants, but they can also serve a basic function such as providing access to a deck or patio area.

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In the past, outdoor cooking was limited to a grill on the back deck. Guests were often inside or at another location leaving one or two dutiful grillers to handle basic meal prep. Side dishes were often cooked in the kitchen. If the grill chef needed to replenish their beverage they were often left to hold it up and hope someone noticed.

Today’s technological advancements in grills, refrigerators, and other outdoor cooking appliances allow for outdoor kitchens to be a functional reality in your landscaping concept. This transforms the outdoor cooking area from a place where one or two people toiled in obscurity, into an area that can serve as the center of attention.

CM’s has spent years working with homeowners to capture their vision for their outdoor space to create the landscaping and hardscape features they’ve always dreamed of. We offer professional design services installed by experienced technicians. At every step along the way we will work with you to answer your questions as we turn your landscaping vision into a reality.