Money-Saving Hardscaping Ideas

What does your landscape need? You may be able to create what's missing out of what you already have.

October 28, 2019

Photo By: Adrian Henson

Photo By: Meg Messina

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New Life for a Concrete Slab

This former carport was transformed into a colorful outdoor living room without a trip to the landfill, says designer Stephanie Bartron. The existing concrete slab was sliced into strips, then stacked to form a corner bench and raised koi pond. Planting beds fill the holes in the new hardscape.

Repurposed Playhouse

This utilitarian garden shed came by its whimsical look honestly: It used to be a playhouse. The conversion occurred after the child left for college. Designed by Robin LaMonte

Add Color

A window box full of colorful flowers will brighten up even the dreariest spaces.

Fairy-Themed Container Garden

This Tinkerbell paradise puts on a gorgeous display all a while being tucked away in an alluring rock garden. Dress up a container garden with fun fairy decorations.

Outdoor Shower With Reclaimed-Cedar Shingle Walls

This outdoor shower features reclaimed cedar plank shingle walls and a bench to facilitate slipping in and out of shoes.

Contemporary Spa and Rustic Storage Unit

Made out of barnwood, this rustic storage unit looks much nicer on the patio than a plastic one. White stone surrounds an in-ground hot tub for a sleek, contemporary look.

Upcycled Shutter Screen Provides Privacy for Patio

Creating a sense of enclosure in your outdoor room will make it feel like a secluded oasis. Use a privacy screen to block a bad view or nosey neighbors. Upcycle some old shutters and a few hinges into a folding partition.

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