Many homeowners are probably confused about the subtle distinctions between concepts like hardscaping and landscaping. Well, it turns out that the line isn’t that blurry at all. Once you have a better grasp of how outdoor living works, the two ideas are no longer indistinguishable. For starters, landscaping encompasses both hardscaping and softscaping features. Some examples of hardscaping include pool decks, retaining walls, and patios. Examples of softscape features include grass, trees, and shrubs. Let’s learn more!
The Truth About Hardscapes
Let’s go into more detail about hardscaping. It is a “hard” base for the lawn and other features around the exterior of your property. The two main building blocks of this design principle are brick and mortar. You probably take your home’s driveway for granted, but yes, it is another example of what a hardscape is. Flowers, plants, and other organic materials can soften a hardscape so it doesn’t look so cold and brutal.
The Lowdown on Landscapes
Landscapes highlight the contours of a yard – how it’s shaped, what it contains, and how it is defined. Choose different elements of hardscaping and softscaping to really create something tremendous – maybe your outdoor garden can be protected by a pergola or you want to sit outside and contemplate the koi pond for a few minutes after you finish raking the leaves? The possibilities are nearly endless! Also, when you are attempting to fuse hardscapes and landscapes together, there are many smaller factors to bear in mind. For example, they are:
- Runoff drainage
- Soil erosion
- The slope of the terrain
- Overall structural integrity
- The presence of fences and gates
Cultivating the Right Atmosphere
In the end, you’ll want to strive to make outdoor living as relaxing as possible. That’s why combining water features and fire features can be so soothing even though you wouldn’t think they could overlap and mesh so well. Aim for a more “natural” aesthetic. The patio and pool deck are the most obvious anchors, mainly because they will probably take up the most space. Ultimately, it will depend on how much land you have around your house – suppose your backyard stretches out into rolling hills and fields or you can easily slip into the woods after walking for a few minutes? These aspects will impact your lifestyle because everyone’s idea of outdoor living can be different.
Call Matthews Construction and Design
Are you ready to improve your Maryland landscape? The professionals at Matthews Construction and Design can help. For over four decades, Matthews Construction and Design has been transforming landscapes through stonework, concrete work, and other hardscape installations.
Whether you are ready to dive headfirst into your kitchen remodel or you still have a million questions, Matthews Construction and Design is here to help you. We can service all your remodeling needs. If you want to learn more, feel free to give us a call at 202-702-3553 or you can visit us online. For more tips, tricks, and to see what we have been working on, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Houzz.