When people talk about their outdoor spaces it's often the lawns and plant beds that leap to mind but one of the secrets of really inventive landscape design is introducing hardscape elements to give shape and function to your outdoor spaces. Hardscapes can be large rocks for effect, or paving for people and vehicles, or creative spaces like patios and entertainment pits to give whole new areas to enjoy with your family and friends. Hardscapes involve an element of architectural design as well as construction skills if they are going to succeed, which is why you should talk to the pros at Michigan Landscape Craftsman to ensure that your hardscapes are the outstanding features of your landscape.
Walkways and Driveways
The most common hardscapes in homes and commercial spaces are those intended to allow safe passage for people and vehicles; but that doesn't have to mean covering your terrain with tarmac. Good walkways don't just help people get from A to B, they also guide them the way you want them to go to best appreciate the forms of your land. Great walkways and driveways are as elegant as they are practical so talk to us now about how we can steer folk around your property.
The best hardscapes are built hand in hand with softscapes like flower beds, water features, and lawns. The most obvious example is a walkway with floral or shrub borders that perfectly combine the hardscape and softscape of the plants. Getting that right demands knowledge of both the construction side and the horticultural expertise to know what works. Which is why you don't just go to a construction company – you need true landscape craftsmen if you want that to work.
Some of the most spectacular hardscape effects come when you use reinforced hardscape and retaining wall combinations to create a whole different layer for living in. That could mean stepped gardens where before the grade was too steep to allow planting at all, or it could mean unique spaces recessed into the ground. Imagine sunken patios or gardens, fire pits that you really do descend into to enjoy, or even ramps and planted retaining walls to transform difficult topography into spectacular outdoor living areas. Having trouble imagining all of that? Don't worry, we have the experts to help you picture a whole new layout in your landscape and the skills and experience to turn those dreams into solid reality.
One of the ways in which we are true landscape craftsmen and not just a company of gardeners or construction workers, is the way we understand and design for function of both hardscapes and softscapes together. Any kind of hardscape, whether it is a patio, walkway, or simply a rock feature will inevitably have implications for the natural drainage of your outdoor space. Only true landscape craftsmen will consider the run off of rainfall and how best to channel it to benefit the softscapes and plants nearby. We ensure your walkways are not slippery, that your rainfall is channeled to the parts of your property that need it, and that over rapid run off can't drain away your precious top soil.