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Planning Your Custom Hardscape Project

By Botanical Decorators
November 14, 2013

If you want to create a successful landscape design, it’s important you choose your hardscapes carefully. After all, it’s the patios, porches, and retaining walls that define your landscape, showing off your sense of style and making your outdoor space more functional. If done correctly, these hardscapes can even transform your property into a backyard retreat you’ll love for years to come. But how do you ensure that the job gets done right?

If you live in Maryland, Washington, D.C., or Virginia, Botanical Decorators can help. Our landscape designers approach each custom hardscape project thoughtfully and creatively, meeting with each client one-on-one to make sure the end result is everything you’ve wanted and more. Schedule a consultation today to see how we can help you make the most of your outdoor space or keep reading for a better idea of how to plan your custom hardscape project!


Designing Custom Hardscapes

The following steps can help you come up with the best hardscape design for your property:

  • Think about why are installing new hardscapes and what style you want to achieve—do you want a functional space you can use for cooking? A place to entertain guests? Or an intimate, natural dining area?
  • Look at your entire landscape to make sure your hardscape works well next to any other features—such as water features—that you may have.
  • Think about how landscape drainage could be affected by installing new hardscapes and make sure there’s a drainage system in place to capture runoff.
  • Choose a style for the hardscape as a whole and select materials to show it off, taking into account textures, colors, and maintenance requirements as well.
  • Choose a focal point that captures your sense of style and reasons for designing new hardscapes,
  • Consider how you can create curves to transition hardscape elements naturally, rather than installing overly linear or out-of-scale features.
  • Include plantings and grasses in the design to create visual interest.
  • Choose landscape designers that can help you bring your vision to life by looking at recommendations, past experience, and any awards or accreditations they have.

To learn more about how to choose a Maryland landscape designer to successfully install your new custom hardscapes, click here.

Hardscape Design & Installation in Maryland, Washington, D.C. & Virginia

Now that you’ve got a general idea of the look you’re trying to achieve and the hardscapes you like best, it’s time to consult with professionals who can assess your space, listen to your hardscape ideas, and provide recommendations that will bring your hardscape design to life. Serving homeowners in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia, Botanical Decorators has extensive experience doing just that. Our hardscape design and installation service specifically includes:

Have another hardscape idea you don’t see above? Schedule a consultation today and we’ll help you create custom hardscapes based on your unique needs!


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