Great landscape design is built on the form and structure that is created by proper hardscape design and installation. Hardscaping is the term that refers to the inanimate, hard, and non-living surfaces of a landscape including patios, walkways, retaining walls, stone work, pool patios, stone veneer, outdoor kitchens, and outdoor fireplaces. While the plant life—referred to as the softscape—is often what people think of when they think of landscaping, without the foundational elements in place, the plants will lack structure and impact. When thinking of a home’s Dutchess County landscaping and its root purpose, hardscape elements are the features that make the outdoor space truly useful and functional.
Because creating patios, walkways, and retaining walls requires the use of special machinery, tools, and a crew of trained construction professionals, most homeowners hire out the design and installation of these landscaping elements. Even for those homeowners looking to take a more DIY, hands-on approach, it’s important to secure safe and long lasting hardscapes from a professional and then tackle other elements like gardening and décor by yourself. Choosing a properly trained, professional landscaping company will also protect your investment with guaranteed installation. For instance, Harmony Hill Landscaping offers a 5 year guarantee on all patio, walkway, and retaining wall installations and because we are a Unilock Authorized Contractor, your Poughkeepsie-area landscaping project is also backed by the brand and reputation of Unilock. Learn more about this here.
Proper outdoor living spaces are a great way to extend the home’s livable space. Just with other home improvement projects, choosing materials for your hardscaping can be tough. Concrete pavers come in so many colors, shapes, sizes, and textures today, and natural stone is available from different regions with varying colors and quality. Luckily there are a few great resources to help homeowners choose the best materials for their home and their lifestyle. Here’s a few to help you out on your journey:
- The Unilock Design Idea Catalog is jam-packed with inspiration, tips, and product information.
- The Harmony Hill Landscaping blog is a great collection of landscaping tips and tricks specifically written for homeowners in Pleasant Valley, Hopewell Junction, Poughkeepsie, Wappingers Falls, Lagrangeville, and the surrounding Hudson Valley area of NY.
- The professionally trained and experienced staff at Harmony Hill Landscaping is here to help! Feel free to reach out with any questions you have about your landscaping project. We offer design and installation of paver and natural stone patios, walkways, retaining walls, pool decks, custom outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, and more! Check out this page to learn more about our services for Hudson Valley homeowners.