Top 7 Hardscape Features and Options

Hardscape Feature - Pool Patio, Stone Wall, and PlantingWhen it comes to hardscape features, the options keep getting more creative as more homeowners are expanding their yards using stonework. Let’s take a look at the top seven hardscape features that more people are considering for their outdoor space.

1. Retaining Walls

We know that retaining walls are great for holding back dirt and preventing erosion, but they are also very beautiful and can define particular spaces, such as vegetable gardens or flower beds. They also add to the vertical appeal of the space.

2. Patios

Patios are perfect for entertaining, barbecuing and relaxing. You can expand your patio or create a detached one using pavers or stone.

3. Water Features

Companies like Horizon Landscape offer waterfalls and other water features that are beautiful, easy to maintain and high class. Water features are relaxing and will make you feel like you’re at a resort, not in your backyard.

Hardscape Feature - Wood Burning Fire Pit4. Fire Pits

Do you love the smell of burning firewood? Do the kids enjoy roasting marshmallows? Metal fire pits rust early on, but ones made of stone will last for a very long time and continue to look just like new.

5. Walkways and Steps

Walkways and steps made from stone are attractive and serve a functional purpose since they keep visitors on a particular path instead of having people walk through your lawn. They can also serve as a transition from the front to the back, outside to the inside, etc.

6. Kitchen Enclosures

The kitchen is the heart of the home, so why not have an extra one? Outdoor kitchens are ideal for entertaining, and more people are opting for simple kitchens with a small fridge, sink and grill. A bar and bar stools provide seating – and some drinks – while being surrounded by stonework.

7. Sitting Areas

Sitting areas are a popular hardscape feature and high in demand. Hardscaping can be used to create benches where people can sit comfortably while watching the kids play or taking a break from a game of volleyball. Best of all, hardscape sitting benches blend with the natural flow of the yard.