First of all what is hardscape?
Hardscaping refers to man-made features, like stone walls or paved path, integrated into landscape design and architecture. Some examples are waterfalls, pond structures, patios, decks, walkways, retaining walls, outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, planting beds, and other rock formations are all elements found in hardscapes. Pretty much anything that isn't living which would be considered softscape. The most common hardscape materials include concrete, stone, brick, wood, metal, gravel, and boulders. Let's find out the 5 benefits of hardscaping your property.
5 Benefits of Hardscaping
1. Expand Your Living Space
Hardscaping can be used to build an outdoor space with indoor amenities—such as lively full kitchen, a cozy fireplace, or peaceful lounge area—perfect for entertaining guests.
2. Increase Property Value
Thoughtful, quality hardscaping extends your living space to the outdoors, provides outstanding curb appeal, and can therefore increase your property value. In fact, 85 percent of buyers look for an outdoor patio when purchasing a home, which can also provide a return on investment up to 500 percent, according to Extra Space Storage specialists.
3. Fixing Grade & Water Issues
Having an uneven yard or weird layout is where hardscaping can turn the area into a completely functional space. Tiered patios, retaining walls, walkways, lighting and stairs. Hardscaping is also good way to help prevent erosion, a huge problem many homeowners face. By strategically placing stone or concrete barriers in erosion-prone areas, your ground will stay intact for years with a proper drainage system.
4. Reduce Maintenance
Adding hardscaping is one smart of a way to cut down on maintenance—no more watering, mowing, pruning, trimming, and if installed properly bye bye weeds. Just build it once and you'll get to enjoy your yard year after year.
5. Directing Foot Traffic
You spend a great deal of money and time on landscaping. Don’t jeopardize it’s beauty—or a visitor’s safety. Walkways, stone paths, edging, and landscaping beds can be used cleverly to steer guests exactly where you want their feet to go and clear of places they shouldn’t be. Fences, courtyard walls, stone boundaries, and pergolas all improve privacy from nearby neighbors and kindly alert them that they are trespassing.