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How to Boost Your Curb Appeal With Hardscaping

Posted by Audrey Lichten

Sep 15, 2015

 

Are you fed up with trying to keep your plants alive during these scorching summers? Maybe hardscaping is the solution for you. Hardscaping is the placement of non-plant elements like stones, pavement, fences, fountains or lighting in an outdoor area. While hardscaping can replace plant-life in your yard, it doesn’t have to completely eradicate it. Non-living elements pair wonderfully with lawns, flowers and gardens of all types. 

Boost your curb appeal by removing dying plants and install some non-living elements to upgrade your space. There are many ways to incorporate the numerous elements that fall into the category of hardscaping. Therefore, when you’re planning your yard there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Inspiration - Think of a place that inspires you. It could be a place you’ve been before like a luxury resort or even just a friend’s house. Or it could be places you’ve only seen in pictures. Either way, determine what you like most about those places. Pick a couple elements that you’d like to incorporate and start there.

  • Objectivity - Take a step back when you’re looking at your space - literally and figuratively. Try to look at your yard as if you’ve never seen it before. Decide what kind of things could make the space better.

  • Style - Consider your home’s style. If you have a country cottage type home, you may not want to create a fancy courtyard that you’d see at a millionaire’s backyard. Try to match the atmosphere of your yard with the style of your home to create an extension of your home on the outside.

Now that you have some big picture thoughts, let’s talk specifics. What kind of options do you have?

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    Pathways - If you want anyone to enjoy spending time in your yard, you need to give them a way to traverse it. Creating designated pathways is the best way to do that. There are many different styles you can employ to create a walkway that fits your space. Design a pebble pathway, one with stepping stones or bricks, or lay a complete path of concrete. Whatever material you decide to use, make sure to consider the way people naturally travel through the space you have. Usually people prefer to walk the shortest distance to the place they want to go. So, create a pathway that makes that possible.

  • hardscape-patioPatios - Having a sturdy space to place your outdoor furniture is always helpful for enjoyable outdoor dining experiences. Make sure to create a space big enough for your furniture with some extra walking room as well. Vary the flooring materials of your backyard patio to add visual interest, use textured concrete in combination with flagstone or material of your choice.

  • Walls/Dividers - Building walls, whether they’re tall or short can be a great way to create dividers between spaces in your yard. Shorter walls can also be used as seating if topped with a smooth surface. Create flatter dividers on the ground with simple placement of stones or tiles to separate a garden line from the grass.

  • Focal point features - If your yard is lacking a focal point, consider adding a larger feature to grab the attention of your visitors. This could be anything from a stone fireplace or fire pit to a fountain or pond. Having a main feature helps to complete your yard and your hardscaping.

We hope you have some ideas now to incorporate diversity in your yard with some non-living elements. Good luck and happy hardscaping! If you’re looking for more than a backyard update, consider some new exterior siding for your home. Be sure to contact Peninsula Siding Company with any questions!

 

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