As 2022 comes to a close, you might have the itch to make landscaping project plans for the new year ahead. This year we saw the indoor/outdoor hybrid living space continue to rise in popularity along with outdoor kitchens, cozy firepits, and decorative walkways.
What do all of these trends have in common? Hardscape features and for a good reason. They are durable, functional, sustainable, and long-lasting. They also allow you to get creative with natural elements such as drystack stone, boulders, and gravel. This means hardscapes are an excellent investment in the value of your home and result in a truly unique first impression.
Read on to learn what some of our most requested projects are to give you some design inspiration in 2023.
Use Boulders as Accents
Boulders are a great way to add interest and texture to your landscape design. They provide a natural focal point and can also be used to create accent walls, define garden areas, and even stabilize slopes.
When selecting boulders for your landscape, keep in mind the size and scale of your home and garden. Look for boulders that are large enough to make a statement but not so large that they become the only focal point of the design. Also, make sure to choose boulders that are in proportion to your other landscape elements.
When using boulders as accents, it’s essential to avoid creating a cluttered look. Try to use up to two or three boulders per area. Also, make sure there is plenty of space between the boulders so that each one can be appreciated individually.
If you’re unsure of how to use boulders in your landscape, here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Use boulders to create a natural fence or border
- Use boulders to define garden areas
- Use boulders as accents in perennial gardens
- Use boulders to build a rock garden
- Use boulders to stabilize slopes
There’s something about water features that draw us in. Maybe it’s the sound of the softly flowing water or the sight of a beautiful pond or waterfall. Whatever reason, you may have wondered if a water feature is a good choice.
If you’re thinking about adding a water feature to your home, you may wonder about pondless water features. What are they? How do they work? And are they right for you?
In a nutshell, pondless water features don’t have a pond. Instead, the water is recirculated through a system of pipes and filters. This makes them a great option for homes with limited space or for those who don’t want the hassle of maintaining a pond.
Pondless water features come in various shapes and sizes, so you can find one that’s perfect for your home. They can be as simple as a small rock fountain or as elaborate as a waterfall.
If you’re considering a pondless water feature, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Pondless water features are easy to maintain. All you have to do is occasionally change the water and clean the filters
- Water features are a great way to add beauty and tranquility to your home
- A great way to add value to your home
- They come in various shapes and sizes, so you can find one that’s perfect for your home
- They can be installed indoors or outdoors
Modern, Large Format Natural Stone Patios
Stone patios have been around for centuries because they’re a practical and beautiful way to add outdoor living space to your home. A well-constructed stone patio can last for decades, making it a wise investment for homeowners. Recently, the large format sizes such as 24″X36″, or 36″X36″ have become very popular for natural stone patios and walkways.
Today, there are many options for stone patios, including a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. You can choose a natural stone that complements your home’s style or select a more exotic type of stone for a truly unique look.
When building a stone patio, choosing a type of stone that will withstand the elements is crucial. Some stones, such as limestone, are more weather-resistant than others. When selecting a large enough patio to accommodate activities, you’ll need a patio at 12 feet wide.
When constructing a stone patio, it’s important to use a quality mortar mix that will bind the stones together and withstand weathering. Many homeowners choose to hire professionals, but if you’re DIY-inclined, there are many how-to videos online that can walk you through the process.
Once your patio is complete, be sure to add a few comfortable chairs and a weather-resistant table to make the most of your new outdoor living space. A stone patio is a perfect place to relax with a good book or entertain guests in warmer weather.
Whichever hardscape features you invest in for the new year, we are only a phone call away. We are here to help you enjoy all of the benefits that hardscaping has to offer. If you have any further questions about where to start with your landscape design ideas, please contact us, and we can assist you with all of your hardscape needs.