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40 Wow-Worthy Hardscaping Ideas

Make the outdoors an extension of your home with smart hardscaping solutions. We share our top tips for transforming your front or backyard into a go-to destination.

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Photo: Nick Johnson. From: Bea Pila.

Use Your Imagination

An outdoor getaway is the perfect place to flex your creativity. Think of a place that inspires you — whether it's a luxury resort you've visited or even a photo you saw online. Decide which elements you like best and incorporate those into your design. Pulling inspiration from Balinese style, this home opens up to a covered lounge area with stone pillars and Peruvian travertine flooring. The contemporary pool stretches out to an additional gazebo and outdoor living space.

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Photo: Werner Segarra. From: PHX Architecture.

Embrace Your Home's Style

Look no further than your home's architecture for hardscaping inspiration. This paver driveway is a mix of soft tan and brown hues that blend seamlessly with the southwestern style of the home. Easy-to-maintain landscaping full of cacti and low-water plants is just right for the dry climate while also creating ultimate desert curb appeal.

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Photo: Matt Vacca. From: BOXHILL.

Plan for the Elements

When designing outdoor spaces, know where the sunrise and sunset will happen, as well as the historic prevailing breeze. Create structures that maximize the best parts of your outdoor elements. The corrugated metal roof of this covered lounge area provides protection from the afternoon sun, while large cutouts allow for cool breezes to pass through.

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Photo: Steve Silverman Imaging. From: Mom's Design Build.

Work With the Natural Setting

Take advantage of the surrounding environment you already have. This patio and pergola completely blend into the towering trees and colorful plantings. Concrete and rustic wood stepping pads jump right off the natural stone boulders to lead out to a floating deck above the pond.

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