popular hardscape materials for your outdoor living space

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Natasha Maerz

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A beautiful landscape incorporates both softscape and hardscape materials together. Most front and backyards already have some sort of softscape (plants, trees) but a lot lack hardscape materials. Hardscape is essential to an outdoor living space, and can up the value of your home, and enjoyment of your space.


Hardscape helps an outdoor living space by adding balance and focus to the area. It can serve as a main focal point, and adds dimension to the landscape. A landscape without hardscape feels like it is lacking that special touch.


What are the main types of hardscape homeowners can incorporate into their outdoor space?


  • Fences
  • Pergolas or roof structures
  • Driveways
  • Patios
  • Retaining walls
  • Paths and walkways
  • Outdoor kitchens
  • Fireplaces
  • Steps
  • Water features



Hardscape materials

Concrete pavers

Concrete pavers have a classic look to them, and can be customized to match any home look and décor. They come in many different shapes, colors, and sizes, and are extremely durable.  Concrete pavers can be used for almost every single hardscape project that a homeowner is looking for including,

  • Driveways
  • Paths and walkways
  • Patios
  • Steps
  • Fire pits
  • Water features

Natural stone

Natural stone adds an earthly look to any outdoor space. It is most used for patios, steps and walkways. A home that is darker or has lots of wooden elements to it can benefit from the look of natural stone.



Due to its elegant and warm look, wood is one of the most popular hardscape materials that homeowners are drawn to. This hardscape material works best for fencing, roof structures, and pergolas. Wood used to be a popular option for anyone wanting a deck or patio, but since wood does not last as long as concrete, it has become less popular due to its lifespan.

Concrete Allan block

A retaining wall that is made out of Allan block adds a stunning focal point to any back or front yard, and is truly made to last. .  Allan block is one hardscape material that homeowners cannot go wrong with, as it is long lasting and adds a warmth and richness to any space. Allan blocks are versatile, and Allan block retaining walls can be made in lots of different shapes, length and height.

Gravel and loose stones

Gravel is an extremely versatile material, and is usually a fairly easy and cost friendly option for homeowners wanting to add hardscape material to their outdoor space, without having to get big machines or lots of material and labor involved. Round rock and loose stones can be added to a garden, or  walkway to add some extra depth and texture to your outdoor space, and more gravel or stones can easily be added or changed as needed.

Homeowners looking to spruce up their outdoor living space should consider adding hardscape landscaping to their space for a fresh, updated look.