Hardscaping: What You Should Know
Learn about the most important aspects of hardscaping for your outdoor living project.
By: Sean McEvoy
Hardscaping refers to paved or stone walkways, patios and other "hard" surfaces or objects incorporated into a yard's landscaping. Fences, lawn ornaments and rocks can also sometimes be referred to as hardscaping.
Hardscaping can greatly improve the appearance and overall appeal of an outdoor living space by creating a transition between a home's interior and exterior. Paths, walkways and patios are areas where you should pay particular attention in creating a design that's seamless and aesthetically pleasing.
Hardscaping can serve many functions other than simple beautification, as well. It can provide privacy in the form of fencing, shade and shelter via overhangs or structures like gazebos; it can also provide topographical organization in the form of retaining walls.
Hardscaping also naturally reduces the amount of exposed lawn in an outdoor space, which will appeal to anyone who's "mower averse."
Whether your hardscaping is intended for purely aesthetic purposes or also to configure and organize your outdoor living space, you're sure to find a more pleasing, proportional and easy-to-maintain space once it's installed.
See also: Deck and Patio Design Ideas
More—Hardscaping: What You Should Know
Hardscapes: Landscaping's Bones
Get tips for creating the walls, paths, decks and other hard surfaces in your outdoor space
Curb Appeal Tips: Landscaping and Hardscaping
You don't have to have a green thumb to landscape your way to terrific curb appeal. Follow these tips for a front lawn that wows.
How to Create a Successful Hardscape
Landscape designers offer tips on creating and installing a successful hardscape design.
Hardscape Design Ideas
Get ready to create the outdoor space of your dreams with these handy hardscape design ideas.
Hardscaping Bricks and Pavers
Learn about hardscaping bricks and pavers, and get info on options for design and materials as you plan your outdoor living space.
Motor Court From HGTV Dream Home 2010
Outlined by rock-filled columns and mood-setting lighting, the courtyard doubles as a dining area.
Curb Appeal Tips: Outdoor Living Spaces
Social areas don't have to be relegated to the backyard. Make your home inviting with these tips for curb-appeal-boosting living spaces for the front.
Flagstone Walkway and Trellis Gate
See how the experts build a flagstone pathway and trellis gate.
How to Design a Perfect Path
A good path not only tells you where to walk, it sets the mood for your landscape.
Patio Planning 101
Enrich your outdoor living space for years to come with a patio design that's well thought out from start to finish.
Copy This Room: 7 Stylish Dorm Room Decorating Ideas
HGTV Design Blog – Design Happens Jul 27, 2015 by Shannon Petrie
The Votes Are In! Tour This Tiny + Charming Cottage
HGTV Design Blog – Design Happens Jul 23, 2015 by Farima Alavi
What’s Your Yard Art Spirit Animal? Take the Quiz!
HGTV Design Blog – Design Happens Jul 22, 2015 by Kayla Kitts
10 Minute DIY: Upcycle Glass Bottles Into Citronella Torches
HGTV Design Blog – Design Happens Jul 22, 2015 by Chelsea Faulkner