And sometimes what you need is to create new spaces that provide comfort, usefulness, mobility and a mystique that draws people out of doors and into the outdoors. The use of construction methods to create structure in your landscape (patios, paths, stairs, decking, walls) is referred to as “hardscaping”, and it can not only beautify your property but can also expand your living space beyond the walls of your home.
Many people never consider this kind of work, partly due to the expense in relation to priorities, but also because they have never witnessed the process of building a hardscape. These projects last a few weeks normally but are far and few between, mostly. Since these structures last for many decades if built well, there is rarely any reason for them to be redone, and thus most homeowners never have first-hand experience with the process and may never get around to planning for a hardscape of their very own.
We can look at your yard, see the obstacles that keep it from being as useful and beautiful as it can be, and help you come up with a plan to shape it to your best advantage.
So an overgrown slope can be transformed into a new, flat area with the addition of a retaining wall, some stairs and some grading (re-working the shape of the ground). An outdoor kitchen can make for a much more ergonomic setting for entertaining guests. A sturdy walkway can carry foot traffic to another part of the yard – maybe to a small, intimate patio tucked behind some new foliage. There are as many possibilities as there are situations on which to improve.
We would love to help you make your landscape into the kind of refuge you desire.
by Mark Shepherd www.ShepherdStoneworks.com
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