If you’re a homeowner, you’ve probably had some landscaping work done to improve the overall look of your outdoor space. However, aside from the traditional landscaping work such as adding shrubbery and plants, there are more advanced ways you can enhance your home’s curb appeal. Adding a bit of hardscaping to your landscape can make all the difference. If you’re not sure where to start with hardscaping, here are a few great ideas you can try to enhance your home’s curb appeal.
What is Hardscaping?
Like landscaping, hardscaping is the addition or styling of elements outside your home. However, whereas landscaping is more concerned with plants, flowers, and trees, hardscaping uses “hard” materials like stone, concrete, wood, and gravel. The goal is to enhance your home’s beauty by adding interesting and/or functional features. It also adds texture and depth to your space. Here are a few ideas to try.
1. Patios and Pergolas
A covered patio or pergola is an excellent option for families who love to spend a lot of time outdoors. Whether you’re sitting with a cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of wine at night, a simple seating area with comfy chairs and cushions is a great way to feel at home outside.
2. Decorative Stairs
If you’ve got a second-story deck or balcony, a set of decorative stairs is an easy way to add interest and appeal in either the front of the house or the back. Colored concrete, carved railings, or modern wire elements make the entrance and exit to another hardscaping area of the yard an event in itself.
3. Fire Pit
You can’t go wrong with an outdoor fireplace as part of your hardscaping. There’s almost nothing more social and welcoming than the ambiance of sitting around a fire, laughing with friends, and enjoying a beverage. Opt for attractive stone or rustic brick to match the overall aesthetic of your home.
4. Water Feature
A natural waterfall or a fountain in a classical design are both great options if you want to add a water feature. A fountain in the front yard could be a focal point that immediately elevates the appearance of your home, while a backyard pond or waterfall can add to a peaceful and zen-like atmosphere.
Even if you’ve got a small backyard, you can still add to it with paved or graveled pathways. A pathway adds a line of interest that you could then line with shrubs or flowers. This way, you can make the most of your space without having to deal with actual grass.
6. Outdoor Kitchen or Dining
If you have space – and the desire to entertain often – an outdoor kitchen and/or dining area is a hardscaping idea that can’t be beaten. Get creative with your seating and table area with different types of wood or even cast concrete. For the kitchen, consider a stone island or bar.
Contact Lamacchia Landscape Construction
Whether you’re looking to sell your house or you want to make your forever home that much more enjoyable to live in, professional hardscaping can help. For expert landscaping and hardscaping to level up your home’s appearance, give Lamacchia Landscape Construction a call at 1-877-856-9273!