Hardscaping refers to natural materials like stone that have been made into paving – wall tiles, or other outside features – rather than landscaping, which covers features like grass or turf. Homeowners who want to build the perfect exterior should strive for a combination of both.
Whatever the project – be it an outside kitchen and dining area, or something much smaller like a decorative paved part of a garden – hardscaping can be tailored to fit any budget. There’s a huge variety of materials to choose from when pursuing these interesting outside designs, and the wide range of options means the only really hard choice is what to build.
To help guide homeowners as they embark on one of these gorgeous additions to their properties, below are five examples of hardscaping projects that are proving popular.
Paving with Porcelain
For designers looking to save some money, a great choice for a unique hardscaping project is to use porcelain paving tiles for a small seating or decorative area set among neatly-trimmed grass. Natural stones tiles are an alternative here, but porcelain paving tiles can be designed to look just the same but at much less cost, and with the benefit of durability throughout any weather.
Pebbles for Perfection
Instead of pairing the paving tiles with grass, consider filling the gaps in-between the tiles with quartzite pebbles. This highly durable natural material can make a beautiful contrast with soft gray tiles if the pebbles are in dark black colors. It creates a soothing image for the eye and would make any outside area that uses this combination inviting to anyone who visits it.
From Inside to Outside
Some homeowners will want to pursue projects on a much grander scale, and one great design is to use light-colored porcelain tiles to seamlessly connect the inside of a house with the outside. These tiles are a perfect pick because they complement exterior and interior furniture and fittings the same, keeping the focus away from the floor and on the home’s beautiful outside views.
Dining On the Deck
One popular feature of many homes is a covered outside dining area. For this project consider travertine, a type of limestone. It’s a versatile and sturdy material that makes it an ideal choice for tiling that will see a lot of foot traffic from people going inside and out. Using travertine in light shades of white is a great hardscaping option for a soft, welcoming floor.
Crafting an Outside Kitchen
Where there’s an outside dining area there’s often also a need for an exterior covered, and travertine once again is a perfect choice because of its competitive cost, resiliency, and versatility. Consider the use of natural stone fittings in light browns, pairing that with similarly colored floor tiles.
Choosing is the Hardest Part
The above examples are just five popular ways that hardscaping can add an extra level of excitement to a property’s outside areas, but there are many more options that can create something beautiful for the homeowners and valuable for a future sale of the house.