Hardscaping is the use of hard materials such as rock, stone, wood, brick, boulders, concrete, pavers and man-made features, like paths or walls, incorporated into landscape architecture.These hard materials are what offer value to your hardscape design. These hard materials require little to no maintenance and almost never need replacing. These elements have lasted for centuries on their own and almost never wear out. Additionally, a backyard that has been hardscaped dramatically increases the value of your property.
Hardscaping offer a homeowner many benefits including:
Very Low Maintenance
For most homeowners, the most appealing benefit of backyard hardscapes is there is almost no maintenance required. Once you create the design of your choosing, your backyard is set for decades to come. There is no watering, mowing, pruning, snipping or trimming is needed. You simply enjoy your creation, and if you include winter heating like propane torches, you can enjoy your backyard in the winter as well.
With weather patterns changing, summers can become very dry. Hardscaping is a great solution to fight water waste because of spilling out gallons and gallons of water to maintain your lawn, plants and flowers, a backyard hardscape allows you to go water-free. You may just have a few scattered wall hanging or potted plants for a splash of colour, and perhaps some strategically placed moss, but otherwise your backyard is immune to drought, and looks great all year round.
Increase Your Property Value
Designing your backyard with hardscape material will increase the value of your property. By creating an hardscaped outdoor extension to your home, you increase the usable square footage and the opportunity for potential buyers to see themselves relaxing and entertaining in the space. It has even been noted that 85% percent of potential homebuyers look for a backyard that either has a patio or hardscaped design.
Extend Your Entertainment Space
The deck and patio space is an extension of the home, especially during the summer months. Creating a backyard hardscape will significantly increase your outdoor experience with more room to sit and enjoy the outdoors. You can create a pathway to a fire pit or even an outdoor kitchen featuring a stone or clay oven and make your backyard the ultimate entertainment destination.
If you have a flat, dull and uninspired backyard, a little hardscaping will add multiple dimensions to your yard featuring differing levels, defined edges and creative walkways. You can also design simple yet highly effective courtyard walls, pergolas, fences and stone boundary lines all add privacy from nearby neighbors or street traffic.
If you plan ahead, and discuss your intentions with a professional, hardscaping materials will reduce potential erosion. When you place barriers in the form of stone or concrete in strategic areas where erosion is likely, you can deter or halt any potential erosion and keep your ground intact for years to come.