The Best Types Of Hardscapes With Project Photos That Will Make You Want One

backyard hardscapes with bbq outdoor kitchen

See What Hardscapes People In Maryland And Virginia Are Using To Improve Their Homes

The popular types of hardscapes include patios, decks, stairs, gazebos, pergolas, walls, fences, driveways, walkways, and arbors.

Find pictures of some of these below-

FROM GRASS TO…

“What kind of hardscaping should we do for the backyard?” Emma wonders aloud.

Shane frowns as he starts thinking. “I’m not sure what all the types of hardscapes there are. We should probably look into that before we decide. I’m definitely wanting a patio or deck to hang out on.”

Emma smiles excitedly. “Those both sound wonderful! Ok, let’s look this up on Google and see what we can find. Then our yard can look like our neighbors’ after their hardscape projects.”

She turns to find Shane typing away on Google Search. She walks over so she can look too.

Here’s what they find:

10 TYPES OF HARDSCAPES

Outdoor fire pit on a patio with landscaping
Outdoor fire pit on a patio with landscaping
  1. Driveway
  2. Walkway
  3. Fence
  4. Walls (retaining and other)
  5. Patio
  6. Deck
  7. Stairs
  8. Pergola
  9. Gazebo
  10. Arbor

DRIVEWAY

Driveway that may need winter care 1
Driveway that may need winter care 1
Takoma Park Permeable Paver Driveway 6 1024x683 1
Takoma Park Permeable Paver Driveway 6 1024×683 1

Update the look of your driveway! It’s a great way to boost your curb appeal and make your driveway nice.

WALKWAY

Paver walkway leading to circular paver ending by front steps
Paver walkway leading to circular paver ending by front steps
Stone slab walkway with pink hydrangeas as a landscaping ideas 1
Stone slab walkway with pink hydrangeas as a landscaping ideas 1

You can make it easier and safer to get around your yard. Walkways come in several designs, styles, and materials.

FENCE

Northwest Washington DC Contemporary Pool Patio Deck Walls Fence Driveway Steps and Landscaping 16 1024x683 1
Northwest Washington DC Contemporary Pool Patio Deck Walls Fence Driveway Steps and Landscaping 16 1024×683 1

Fences are a great type of hardscape for adding some privacy to your home. It can also lessen road noise.

WALLS

Baird Wall
Baird Wall
Wright Wall Garden 1024x768 1
Wright Wall Garden 1024×768 1

You can use walls for privacy or to create more space! Retaining walls can open up your yard, leaving you with room to do more projects (or something for the kids or pets to run around in).

PATIO

Patio outdoor living space 1
Patio outdoor living space 1
Covered deck next to an outdoor living room patio with grill hottub and smaller patio next to it with a fire pit 2
Covered deck next to an outdoor living room patio with grill hottub and smaller patio next to it with a fire pit 2

Patios are one of the most popular types of hardscapes. You can use them for anything from personal time to hosting parties.

DECK

Ground level deck with fence for privacy
Ground level deck with fence for privacy
Raised deck with furniture and umbrella with an outdoor living room beneath it too 1
Raised deck with furniture and umbrella with an outdoor living room beneath it too 1

Decks are another of the more popular hardscapes. You can use them for the same things as patios. Upper-level decks can give you a view, too.

STAIRS

A more manmande looking set of stacked stone stairs 1
A more manmande looking set of stacked stone stairs 1
Natural stepping stone stairs 1
Natural stepping stone stairs 1

There are several designs and styles for stone stairs. They make it easier to get around your home. No more worrying about wet grass, mud, or anything like that! You can see some stone stair projects clients had us do for their home.

PERGOLA

Two pergolas in the same backyard
Two pergolas in the same backyard
String lights are an excellent landscape lighting idea for pergolas 1
String lights are an excellent landscape lighting idea for pergolas 1

Pergola’s are a great addition to other hardscapes. You can see some pergola projects clients have had us do for their homes.

GAZEBO

Gazebo in backyard
Gazebo in backyard

This type of hardscape is like a pergola but with a roof. They’re great little areas for relaxing and de-stressing.

ARBOR

Beautiful garden with arbor
Beautiful garden with arbor
Weed Arbor 1024x824 1
Weed Arbor 1024×824 1

There’s hardly a better addition to your garden or pathway than an arbor. You can have plants climbing up them for a more natural look, too.

“These look great! I feel really good about getting some hardscaping done,” says Emma. Shane nods. “Let’s see what else they have on here about hardscapes before we make any decisions.”

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