Small-Scale Landscape, Big Hardscaping Projects
However you set the stage for your landscape, the natural components always seem to stand out among hardscapes. Even in limited spaces, small-scale hardscaping projects can still set the atmosphere and create a tremendous impact. If you're a homeowner looking to maximize your outdoor space, it's time to explore the possibilities of hardscaping and how it can transform the exterior of your home. Small Spaces, Big Potential Don't let the size of your outdoor space steer you from adding hardscaping features. Small areas can still provide a perfect canvas for highlighting a landscape with hardscape features; the key is assessing and planning the space and finding the right structures to add. With professionals, the thoughtful design plays into the possibilities of the space available. How To Incorporate Hardscapes into a Limited Outdoor Area Limited outdoor space doesn't mean limited creativity. When working with a small yard or outdoor space, you can make the most of your landscape with hardscapes. Depending on where the area you are trying to work on is located, you can then map out what types of hardscaping structures you would introduce. This includes areas such as a paved walkway edged with planters, short but classic walkways that lead into the yard, or even just a patio tucked underneath a beautiful set of furniture. There are many ways to innovate your outdoor space. When working with a limited outdoor area, planning with professional guidance is paramount to make the most of the available space. Here's how you can efficiently create a dream smaller space with hardscapes:
- Consult a Professional: The expertise of a hardscaping professional like Newman Landscaping can help you save money and time to get your project done with the best quality. We can assess your space, understand your goals, and provide tailored solutions that maximize aesthetics and functionality.
- Define Your Purpose: Determine the primary purpose of what you have in mind to perfect your limited space—what specific hardscapes are you interested in? Are you looking to create a cozy outdoor area, a pathway, or a vertical garden? Defining the purpose will help to guide the design process.
- Scale and Proportion: At Newman Landscaping, we provide a perfect scale for each structure by considering which elements would be best for the available space, which prevents the area from feeling cramped and provides balance. As a homeowner, you can Identify the key hardscaping features you want to incorporate for reference.
- 1. Stairs: If your yard has more than one level or you simply want to add dimension, hardscape stairs are a visually stunning solution. They introduce a natural flow of movement and can be built using stone, brick, or concrete materials.
- 2. Walkways: Visitors walking through your garden or different areas need something to support them, and walkways are a great way to showcase style and function. Depending on your style, they can be curvy, straightforward, and angular to make a more visually appealing setup. Be sure to pay attention to the lawn maintenance in this area, as walkways are typically put on top of grass areas.
- 3. Patios: A patio can become the heart of your outdoor space and can complete it as well. The best part is that patios can be customized to tailor the homeowner’s needs.
- 4. Driveways: Don't overlook the impact of a custom-designed driveway. It's not just a functional necessity; it makes a statement and is usually one of the many focal points of the entryway of a home. Pavers, stamped concrete, and gravel are recommended options to consider.
- 5. Materials Selection: Work with professionals to choose which materials best complement your home's architecture and the surrounding landscape.