Hardscape is the term used to describe solid, hard elements that tend to remain the same for many years. This includes landscape design elements such as walkways, retaining walls, rocks, pavers, driveways, arbors, gates, outdoor kitchens, decks, water features and more. Hardscaping is more than simple landscaping because it involves construction. Hardscape gives structure and form to the landscape which is why it is typically the firm thing completed in a landscape design project. Softscape is then filled in around the hardscape to create a beautiful balance of soft and hard.
While the hardscape will most likely cost more than the softscape, the two are of equal importance because without one the landscape would look strange and incomplete. All of the landscaping covers the upper level of soil to create the ideal outdoor environment for you, your family and your guests to enjoy.
The cost of hardscape materials can vary significantly depending on whether or not you choose synthetic or natural materials (think synthetic pavers vs. natural stone). If you have a hard time envisioning just how it will all work together in harmony, fret not, at Imagination Landscapes our Design Team simulates what your landscape will look like with both soft and hardscape through our State-of-Art 3D CAD Landscape Designs, providing you realistic images of just how all elements will appear in the final product.