Hardscape Design Ideas

Fantastic Footfalls: Picking Materials for Garden Grounds

Your walkways, paving and decking don't have to be limited as merely functional - they're opportunities to choose beauty as well. We introduce you to hard materials to reinforce your design, and show you how mix them for great effect.

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Mixing Materials

Combining different materials, textures and levels can bring eye-popping drama to paving and decking designs. Stark but well-matched contrasts in color and texture can highlight key features and define and separate areas of the garden. To avoid extra work and higher costs, think carefully about your colors and choose pre-sized, coordinating materials. More complex construction techniques may be required when working with materials of varying thicknesses and where a different foundation is needed; you may need to consult an expert to get the look and construction quality you want.

Here, soft raised decking and a hard stone floor combine to maintain interest across four levels.

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