Many of our customers see landscaping as one overall area- The space that surrounds their home or business; but there are actually many areas that require different focus on design and implementation. Here are two main components to consider. These two parts are Softscape and Hardscape. Hardscapes are design elements that are solid and unchanging as the years go by. Softscapes are elements that are fluid and changing as they mature. The ideal landscape is a balance of both hardscape and softscape.
Hardscape refers to the solid, hard elements in landscape design. They are the “bones” around which other elements intersect or connect. Some examples of hardscape are walkways, retaining walls, paver patios, outdoor kitchens, water features, decks and driveways.
Softscape is unlike hardscaping in that it doesn’t have that long-term or permanent quality. It is the living animated part of the landscape. Softscape elements such as soil, plants, shrubs, trees, flowers, vegetables, vines, and turf breathe life and beauty into an otherwise sterile environment.
These are the two most important features of landscaping One truly can’t exist without recognizing the other. Let our team help you create the landscape of your dreams with the right balance of hardscape and softscape to make YOUR landscape truly unique to your style and taste.
Paver Patios are a great alternative to natural stone for ease of installation and maintenance. They come in a variety of colors, sizes and styles to suit any aesthetic taste or application be it patio, walkway or driveway.
Retaining Walls: A great solution to any sloped area is a retaining wall. A wall will help establish more usable level area for planting, outdoor play or entertainment space. A variety of materials from natural rock to manufactured block can be employed to create level changes, steps, or a simple sit wall. A sloped outdoor area isn’t a limitation when considering the great opportunities a retaining wall can add.
Outdoor kitchens and entertainment areas:
Taking the kitchen and dining room outside is becoming more common with people wanting to take advantage of their outdoor spaces. The outdoor room or “rooms” and their relationship to interior areas are great opportunities to expand how people enjoy their homes. Some opt for a covered entertaining area with heat and skylights while with others a simple fire pit to sit around with family and friends is perfect.