Five or ten years ago, most people didn’t know what hardscaping meant. Today, it is a term understood most primarily because of the explosion of hardscaping done in yards across the nation. For those unfamiliar with hardscaping, it is a term used to describe things such as brick pavers, boulders, seat walls, pillars. and more. When combined with gorgeous landscaping, a well hardscaped yard can make any yard look stunning. Some popular hardscape trends include brick enclosures for grills, stone or brick fire pits with a gas line, seat walls, and more.
Those who want a brick enclosure for their grill want to add permanence and pizazz to their outdoor oasis. This type of hardscape design isn’t necessarily missed when there is a plain barbecue grill in the yard, but when the grill is enclosed in brick, it draws the attention of anyone who steps outside and becomes a focal point.
Years ago, people would purchase very small ponds for their yards made of plastic, they would dig a hole, install the pond, and plug in a small fountain and call it a day. Now, ponds cam have multiple levels, waterfalls, special lighting, and brick features that make the neighbors green with envy.
Brick pavers have been popular for a couple of decades, but now, additional hardscaping is becoming the norm. Seat walls are great ways to cozy up the patio while adding functionality and are becoming hugely popular. In addition to brick pavers, people are using other stones for their patios and walkways like flagstone.
While you can still go to any hardware store and purchase a small stand-alone fire pit, those who want to add style to their yard are using paver like stones or bricks as the base, running a gas line to the pit, and using colored crush glass in lieu of wood. The glass shimmers and shines and the best part is that there is no messy cleanup.
These are just a few of the countless popular trends in hardscaping. If you are considering giving your yard a facelift, contact the experts at Landscape Designers of Michigan to learn about all of your hardscape options.