Hardscaping Your Backyard: Ideas For You

When the weather warms up and winter has finally gone away, you are ready and willing to get outside and start working in your yard. You are probably even beginning to plan any changes you plan to make to your landscape and hardscape design this year. Before you get started on your next outdoor projects, get to know a few ideas about adding hardscaping elements to your outdoor design scheme this year. Then, you can incorporate some of your favorites into your latest backyard updates.

Create Design Images With Stonework

When your landscaping work involves adding a patio or even a walkway in your backyard, you can do more with your stonework than just basic monotone stones. Instead of choosing everything in the same tone and color, you can create contrast using white or beige stone and dark brown or black stone.

Then, all you need to do is arrange the stones carefully to create a pattern or design. If you like Eastern philosophy and design aesthetics, for example, you can create a yin yang using the dark stones, for example. All you need to do is be a little creative and adept at planning stone placement and you can create a beautiful unique design for you patio or sidewalk. 

Build An Outdoor Fireplace

Another option for you in your backyard design is to build yourself an outdoor fireplace. This can add character to your backyard design, not to mention make it a go-to place for all of your family and neighborhood gatherings. 

Brick outdoor fireplaces are useful year-round, providing you with a safe, built-in place to gather around on summer nights and roast marshmallows with your kids, or curl up in front of for a romantic evening with your spouse on a cool, fall night. If you want to go all out, you can also build a nook for your firewood to keep it dry and accessible at any time. 

To build that fireplace, you will need to build a concrete base as well as a chimney to funnel the smoke from the fire. If you are skilled at masonry, you can build the structure yourself. However, if you are not seasoned at masonry, stacking  the stone or bricks and ensuring they are even so the fireplace is stable, then you will want to hire a contractor to take care of it for you. 

Now that you have a few new ideas for your backyard hardscaping, you can get to work updating your backyard design for the upcoming summer season. So, keep these ideas in mind as you move forward in your planning.