Home improvement is something every homeowner strives for, and whether it’s removing the wall between the kitchen and living room, adding a second wing to the house, or simply opening up the space with a new coat of paint, the majority of home improvements try to expand the living space. It makes sense — spacious homes are welcoming, accommodating, and help the interior appear larger. It boils down to making the most of the space you have.
At B&D Rockeries, we strive to apply that same principal to the space outside your home, in your yard. The primary way we do that is through hardscaping.
What Is Hardscaping?
Hardscaping is an all-encompassing term for landscaping projects that use “hard” materials, such as brick and stone. This method can be used to add to previously landscaped areas, such as installing a path in a garden, or used to improve unaltered property. Whichever the case, hardscaping is a way to expand your living space, extending the living room or dining room into a whole other area in which to socialize and relax.
What Are My Options?
Sure, hard landscaping offers homeowners more room. But how exactly is that achieved? What are some concrete ideas, some steps you can take toward improving use of space your home? Here are four hardscaping projects that will do wonders for the enjoyment of your home and property.
Installing a patio will drastically improve your yard. Either attached to the back door or situated in the yard, a patio will serve as a second dining area, an extended living room, or play area — however you are inclined to use it. Family gatherings can now move outside into the fresh air, and even pets can trot over and join the party.
Fireplaces often come hand in hand with patios. If you’re already planning on a barbeque for the patio, what better addition than a fireplace to keep the summer spirit going? Imagine brisk autumn nights, roasting the last of the marshmallows, and drinking hot tea. A fireplace turns any space into a home. And since the patio is just an extension of your living space, what better place to throw on another log?
3) Aggregate Paths
Paths give direction and access to a yard, especially larger ones. By installing an aggregate path, your home now has a solid walkway for you and your guests to enjoy the outdoors. The last thing anyone wants is to step outside during winter months to find a yard full of mud and wet grass. In other words, paths will not only give your yard some character, but they will keep your feet dry so you can enjoy the yard all year.
For those whose yards slope or climb into a hill, staircases are priceless. No more slipping, no more tip-toeing through the garden. Stone steps in a hill are practical, that’s obvious, but they can also be attractive. Like aggregate paths, they are able to break up the monotony of grass, wood chips, or gravel, and give the eye something to follow through the landscape.
If you want to expand your living space and improve your property, B&D Rockeries is the best option for Seattle area homeowners. Our experienced team of landscaping professionals will work to serve you in the inspection, planning, and installation process. For more information about our hardscaping services, give us a call at (866) 756-6789, or fill out our contact form.