One of the more perplexing problems with hardscape is that often we cannot control what Mother Nature decides to do. Even with the best planning, sometimes water does not drain the way we hope it will. In those cases we often must implement a solution to deal with unwanted water runoff, which can cause erosion…

Board Formed Bare Concrete Seamless Texture

If you need to build a wall or other concrete structure on your property (like the wall of a BBQ or a firepit, for example), one of the first decisions you will make involves poured walls versus block. There are definitely reasons to support either choice, but let’s examine why poured concrete often has an…

Planted flagstone patio

Some of us love plants so much, we just want to put them everywhere! If you have a pathway or patio, there is no reason to settle for an expanse of plain, lifeless concrete. You can include plenty of plant life in those spaces, too. Potted plants. Obviously, the easiest way to incorporate plants into…

Exposed aggregate concrete in the color tan with Alumawood patio cover and BBQ.

When you’re planning a hardscape project, such as a patio or walkway, you don’t have to settle for simple broomed concrete. Your project should suit your aesthetic preferences, add beauty to your home’s exterior, and of course, suit your budget. You might be pleased to learn that you can choose from several options, such as…

One of the easiest, and most cost-effective materials for many home improvement projects is concrete. And yet, when you hear the word “concrete,” many people picture a plain gray slab that detracts more from its surroundings than it adds. Did you know there are many different ways of using concrete that can create unique, one-of-a-kind…

When you consider improving the outside of your home, do you automatically think of planting decorative flowers and trees? Those are certainly important, but it’s equally important to consider the benefits of hardscape like patios and walkways. These structures give form to your landscaping and provide a place to relax and enjoy the great outdoors….

When you think of adding a concrete patio to your landscaping, do you picture a plain gray slab? For some homeowners, that may not sound very decorative or appealing. Many people don’t know that they have many more options than traditional gray when it comes to concrete. A well-designed concrete patio can add significant beauty…

One of the most frustrating aspects of home ownership is spending your hard-earned money on an improvement project, only to receive results that are lower quality than you envisioned. We frequently get calls from homeowners who had patios installed by other contractors who are less than satisfied with the results This is usually because the…

Last week we began explaining hardscape, and this week we will continue focusing on a few other functions of hardscape and the important materials involved with it.

We are going to spend the next couple of articles focusing on ‘hardscape’ and topics which can make your home as aesthetically pleasing as possible.